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Come ChiIL Out with us at Chicago Parent's new, alternative, urban parenting blog.

Meet Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

About this blog

I'm Bonnie Kenaz-Mara (AKA:  ChiIL Mama). I've been a Mama in Chi, IL for 10 years now and it's the most amusing and amazing job I've ever had. I'm a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.

Win A Disc (And Hardback Book) Wednesdays: The Little Blue Doggy--And The Winner Is...

Posted Sep 29, 2010 1:30 PM

Mama Amanda and her youngest daughters, Victoria and Adeline, are our winners this week. Big congrats! The Secret Mountain's award winning children's books are well written and impressively creative musically and artistically. Check out their site for more great titles.
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Redesigned, Interactive Disney Store Grand Opening Today

Posted Sep 28, 2010 11:48 AM

Disney's newest redesigned store opens today at State and Randolph. It's an airy, spacious location with loads of magical surprises and hands on fun.
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Win A Disc (And A Hardback Book!) Wednesdays: The Little Blue Doggy

Posted Sep 22, 2010 2:33 PM

ChiIL Mama is thrilled to bring you 2 of The Secret Mountain's award winning children's book/CD sets, this week and next. The Little Blue Doggie is slated for October release, so our winner will be one of the first to have a copy anywhere! Enter on ChiIL Out to win.
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Win A Disc Wednesday: Gustafer Yellowgold ticket and DVD/CD Winners...

Posted Sep 22, 2010 1:31 PM

Check in on ChiIL Out to find out who won the family 4 pack of tickets to see Gustafer Yellowgold at Schubas, Oct. 3rd at 11am and who won the DVD-CD Set. We also have links to 8 days of new Boogers videos, along with a feature on Ed Kowalczyk from the band, LIVE. We also have a short list of the best of the rest of September.
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Win A Disc (Or Tickets!) Wednesdays: Gustafer Yellowgold

Posted Sep 16, 2010 5:21 PM

ChiIL Mama has something xtra special for you this week... Gustafer Yellowgold--Our favorite mellow, yellow space dude is coming back to Chicago on October 3rd, 11am at Schubas. And ChiIL Mama is giving away a family-4 pack of tickets to the show! We are also giving away Have You Never Been Yellow?, a charmingly quirky DVD/CD set. Enter to win through Tuesday midnight. One entry per family per week. Winners chosen by random number site. Enter at the end of this post!
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ChiIL Mama Win A Disc Wednesday: The Boogers-Road to Rock--And The Winner Is...

Posted Sep 15, 2010 3:39 PM

Check in to find out who won Road To Rock, and check out ChiIL Mama's exclusive interview with Chicago's own punk daddies, The Boogers. We also have concert footage of The Boogers, performing lots of new tunes, live at their 9/11 Schubas show. Catch a sneak peek all week.
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Win A Disc Wednesdays: Windy Kindie-The Boogers Are Back As Our Pick Of The Week

Posted Sep 8, 2010 4:11 PM

Who doesn't love Boogers, especially when they're Greenie, Crusty and Sticky?! This week for ChiIL Mama's Win A Disc Wednesday, we'll be giving away Road to Rock, by The Boogers. We've featured them 2 times on past Wednesdays, and believe me, this CD will turn the most reticent kid into a mosh pit monster. Enter at the end of this post to win your own copy!
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ChiIL Mama Win A Disc Wednesday: Meredith LeVande-What Are The Odds? And The Winner Is...

Posted Sep 8, 2010 12:38 PM

Dina and her kids, Lily & Jayce, are our big winners this week. She likes to listen to Pink and says "My daughter loves Rockstar!" Your family would probably also love our upcoming ChiIL Mama Win A Disc Wednesday bands, The Boogers--Chicago's kindie rockin' Ramones and Candy Band, Detroit's punk rock Mamas. Winners, please send your name and address to zbluesun@gmail.com. All contact info will remain private and confidential. Winners are chosen by random number generator every Wednesday. Enter to win through Tuesday midnight. One entry per family per week.
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Four Day-Not A Bored Day Weekend--Part 1--Billy Elliot

Posted Sep 7, 2010 11:21 AM

We made the most of our four day Labor Day weekend, and packed it full of fun. Thursday night we checked out Broadway in Chicago's production of Billy Elliot at the gorgeous Ford Center For The Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre. I'm not a huge fan of musicals, except the dark, macabre and quirky kind. So, of course we all thoroughly enjoyed this one. The kids loved the music and dance, especially the life sized dancing dresses. Sagezilla and Du-Jay were especially captivated, since the cast includes a number of children, not much older than they are. It was a highlight of our evening to meet Billy, J.P. Viernes, who is only fourteen and did a phenomenal job. He's been dancing for seven years and trades off with five other boys to play the title roll.
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Win A Disc Wednesdays: Meredith LeVande's brand new release--What Are The Odds

Posted Sep 1, 2010 1:19 PM

The monkey business continues here at ChiIL Mama's Win- A-Disc-Wednesdays. This week, one lucky winner will take home Meredith LeVande's latest CD, What Are The Odds, just released August 31st. Check out our review and enter to win this week at ChiIL Out.
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