Category: Living in Chicago

Chicago date-night ideas that go beyond dinner and drinks

If you're like me, date nights look something like this: drinks, dinner, repeat. My husband and I rarely plan ahead, opting to snag an OpenTable reservation somewhere interesting mere hours before the sitter arrives. A few weeks ago this consisted of an incredibly lucky last-minute opening at Parachute, followed by drinks at Ludlow Liquors. If you wind up at Parachute, don't miss its famous Bing Bread—crispy on the outside and loaded with potato, bacon and scallion. Slather on the sour cr...

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 5:03 PM by Jill Morowitz

4 great Chicago neighborhoods for families

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There are several reasons for young families to move: a new job, more space, a desirable school district, to be near family and so on. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider not only the home, but also the neighborhood that is best suited for your family. And while every family has distinct desires and requirements, there are some pretty compelling reasons why young families gravitate towards these four Chicago neighborhoods. 

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Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Containing sibling squabbles when cabin fever sets in

All of us who live in Chicago pride ourselves on our ability to “hunker down” when it becomes unbearably cold out. What better way to deal with the Chicago Arctic than to sit around in PJs, drinking hot coffee and curled up with a good book, letting errands wait and leaving icy roads for someone else?

Then come kids and their exasperation with being stuck inside when the threat of hypothermia is all too real. Telling my 6-year-old to read a book and enjoy some downtime while the outsid...

Posted on January 08, 2018 at 2:19 PM by Katy Mickelson

3 things to do with your kids in Lincoln Park

Photo: Resting Chicago-style at the Chicago History Museum

There are lots of families who already call Lincoln Park home, but many more who haven’t yet explored all it has to offer! Summer is a great time to take advantage of the parks, the markets and the free activities hosted in Lincoln Park. In keeping with our theme of three things—one inside, one outside, one that involves food—these are the top things to do in Lincoln Park.

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Where can you see the first “L” car, learn a...

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM by Kathleen Dragan

Things to do in Chicago neighborhood Bronzeville with your kids

Photo: Enjoying the food at Pearl's Place in Bronzeville

Hello, neighborhood explorers! Last time, I left you with a template to use each time you go visit a new neighborhood: Try to plan three things: one inside, one outside and one that involves food.

Today, I’m excited to tell you about a neighborhood I love to visit: Bronzeville!

Located along the lake just south of the Loop, Bronzeville is a cultural mega-center for art, music, architecture, and a vivid celebration of the ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM by Kathleen Dragan

Explore Chicago neighborhoods with your kids this summer

Photo: The author's son having a close encounter with the art at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

We all get stuck in it: the “neighborhood rut.” We know our parks, our coffee shops, our favorite routes. Months can go by, even years, and we realize we haven’t left our zip code—short of the odd errand to Costco or inconveniently located birthday party.

Then one day we realize that we live in a city with 77 neighborhoods, and we’ve barely been to a quarter of them. I was exactly th...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:29 AM by Kathleen Dragan

The best Chicago street fests for families

Do Division photo courtesy of Rep3

Summer is nearly here! In Chicago, that means plenty of cheap or free to entertain your kids outside in the glorious sunshine, especially at our city's ubiquitous summer street fests. Some fests are more family-friendly than others, so which outdoor bashes are best for bringing the little ones?

Mommy Nearest writer Rene Ryan came up with a fantastic list of the top 8 Chicago summer festivals for families, and she covers neighborhoods all over the c...

Posted on May 04, 2017 at 1:14 PM by Laura Baginski

Best Chicago playgrounds for the potty-training toddler

We’ve all been faced with the dilemma: How can we leave our house to go anywhere knowing that at any minute we will hear the dreaded statement of “I need to go to the bathroom!” when potty training our kids? Playground Pointers has a solution to help!  Here are some playgrounds around Chicago with adjacent fieldhouses—with bathrooms! Just make sure you visit during weekdays when the fieldhouses will be open and bathroom facilities will be available.

Margate Playground

Location: 4921 N. ...

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Kids learn to make, keep, be a friend at day camp | NPNparents.org

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Our children’s lives are made up of a series of milestones. Not just the ones that doctors check for, but the big (and sometimes routine) events that happen throughout the years that mark maturing and growth: sleeping in a “big girl bed,” wearing shoes with laces, putting his face in the water at a pool, going down the tallest slide at the playground, starting elementary school, seeing a movie in the theater.

Attending day camp for the first time is ...

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Why I didn't move after a nearby shooting

Photo credit: yooperann/Flickr

I remember it being a relatively uneventful Monday afternoon at work when this sobering message from 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman hit my inbox:

“According to the Chicago Police Department, at approximately 10:30am today, there was young man shot on the 900 block of West Buena Avenue. The victim was approached by two offenders and was shot in the chest. Police say he was taken immediately to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he is undergoing surgery...

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 11:59 AM by Matt Beardmore