Category: Go Green

Sprout San Francisco to open in Chicago

Sprout San Francisco to open in Chicago
I am lucky to live in Wicker Park, one of the best shopping neighborhoods in the city. Of course, I don't really have a ton of time to browse boutiques and I usually have three kids (and six grubby, curious hands) with me so we don't tend to do a lot of shopping together in the 'ol neighborhood. BUT from time to time I need a new baby present or a gift for a kiddo's birthday party and I have fantastic local options. I used to frequent Grow Modern Kids for eco-conscious baby gifts and gear (until it shuttered last fall). Happily, Sprout San Francisco  is going to be opening its doors on April 21 in the same space at 1943 W. Division...

"How to be a Superhero for Planet Earth" class at REI

Is your kid a superhero? Aren’t they all? Your superhero-in-training might be interested in an upcoming class at REI Lincoln Park called “How to be a Superhero for Planet Earth!”Local author and environmental expert, Alexandra Gnoske, is teaching a class for children ages 5 to 10 at REI in Lincoln Park Saturday, November 13th at... Read more »

Growing a Modern Organic Family

Are you into non-toxic stuff for your family that is also stylish and durable? Yes? Oh good! I have an event that I’ve been working on that I think you’ll be interested in. On Thursday, November 4th, Sara Fisher (you might know her as Self-Made Mom) and I are coordinating an event for Chicago-area moms... Read more »

Loui Saves the Earth (and your kid can too)

Chicago author, illustrator and mother of three Alexandra Gnoske has a new book with a simple message for kids: children can make a big difference for Planet Earth. In Loui Saves the Earth, a little boy named Loui and his dog Dusty (who live in Chicago of course) learn that we can all play a... Read more »

The Wee Weekender (May 14th-16th)

A Family Workshop at the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Looking for something fun do to? How about a hands-on gardening workshop, yoga for toddlers, making creative critters out of rocks, or a storytelling event for the whole family?Lurie Garden Family Workshop: Plant Power. Families with kids over age 6 can spend an afternoon in... Read more »

3 Ways Every Family Can Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day doesn’t have to be about making major lifestyle changes like vowing not to flush the toilet regularly or ditching your car and buying a De Fietsfabriek to cart your kids around town (I totally want one of these though). I think that Earth Day is really about making small, conscious efforts to do... Read more »

The Wee Weekender (March 12th-14th)

A young artist hard at work at the Lillstreet Art Center. Looking for something fun for the whole family to do this weekend? I’ve got an idea or two for you. Family Farmed Expo. This is an event that has a little bit for everyone in the family. The Family Farmed Expo takes places from... Read more »

Growing Healthy Kids holds inaugural meeting

In response to growing health concerns about Chicago’s kids — including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and decreased physical activity — several local organizations and individuals within the Chicago food community have joined together to develop new ways of sourcing, providing and thinking about food. This newly formed group recently gathered at the Logan Square Kitchen... Read more »

The Wee Weekender for August 14-16

Photo used with permission of Still looking for something to do with the kiddos this weekend? I’ve got a few ideas for you.The Chicago Air and Water Show. I don’t mean to be a grump, but I would skip this one because of the crowd issues — unless you take my advice and go... Read more »

The Wee Weekender for July 31st-August 2nd

Photograph used via Creative Commons license. Looking for some fun family events for the upcoming weekend? I did all the hard work for you — here are your two best bets. Open Streets.  This is a rare chance for your little city rats to roam the streets without fear of being hit by a speeding... Read more »