Archive for February 2010

Kids Write to Eat

You may have noticed that I have been posting a lot about issues surrounding food and kids recently. While I am at it, I thought that I would mention another important event coming up this weekend. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend Green City Market and Slow Food Chicago’s “Kids Write to Eat”... Read more »

Fed Up With School Lunch: A teacher blogs anonymously about school lunches

One brave  teacher has had it with the food served to Illinois school kids and she has decided to do something about it. Since the beginning of January 2010, an anonymous teacher has been eating the school lunch every day. On her blog Fed Up with School Lunch, she posts a photograph and shares her... Read more »

Guest Post: Family Living in Avondale

I am excited to present another installment in my “Neighborhood Spotlight” series here on Wee Windy City. Regular readers might remember Shylo Bisnett’s recent guest post about raising a family in Albany Park. The next family-friendly neighborhood in the spotlight is Avondale. I am pleased to welcome guest author Kathleen Reynolds who lives in Avondale... Read more »

For the chic geek: Barbie the computer engineer

Mattel conducted an online poll asking folks what type of career they would like to see Barbie take on next and the results are in — meet Barbie the computer engineer. This lovely lady comes complete with smartphone, a Bluetooth headset, lap top (in pink, naturally), a t-shirt decorated with binary code, and the cutest... Read more »

It's almost time to register for spring Chicago Park District Programs. Is your wish list ready?

Chicago Park District registration for spring programs begins on Monday, February at 9:00 a.m.. Sharp. The CPD is offering lots of wonderful and affordable programming for kids this spring — but you have to be prepared to register or you will likely be out of luck for the most sought-after programs. Specifically, you have to... Read more »

Guest Post: Tips on how to keep Chicago kids healthy and active this winter

Today I am pleased to welcome fitness professional, trainer, and physical educator Lanette Wolford as a guest author on Wee Windy City. Lanette is the woman behind KID-FIT in Chicago. She considers herself a “warrior in the battle of obesity.” Lannette received her physical education degree from DePaul University and is nationally certified by the... Read more »

Belching cows, Food Inc. and campaign finance reform: My lunch with Stonyfield Farm CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg

Last Thursday, I took a break from my usual routine of errands, school pick-up/drop-off, and playing peek-a-boo with my adorable baby to join a few other lucky Chicagoans for a lunch at Frontera Grill with Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm. As a mother to three little yogurt-lovers (and a believer in healthy, sustainable food),... Read more »

Petite artists at the Modern Wing

As I mentioned before, admission to the Art Institute is free for the entire month of February. Kids under the age of fourteen are always free, but the free admission for adults makes for an inexpensive family outing — especially if you use public transportation. If you haven’t explored the new Modern Wing yet, this... Read more »

Jump Rhythm Jazz Family Dance Matinee (plus some thoughts on why music and movement are good for your little ones)

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary Season, the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will present “Jump Rhythm Technique and the Language of Rhythm” for the Family Dance Matinee at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago (1306 South Michigan Avenue). This educational and entertaining, audience-interactive lecture-demonstration will begin at... Read more »

Scenes from their first skate at Millennium Park

I took my five year-old and three year-old ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink at Millennium Park on Sunday. My gosh, we had so much fun. We are all really, really bad ice skaters. It took us a solid five minutes to make it around the rink one time. My kids fell... Read more »