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ChiIL Out

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 Wednesday Every Week On ChiIL Out


Posted Jan 10, 2011 11:14 PM

January culminates with three Keller Williams Kids CDs and four tickets to No Kidding!, a huge Keller Williams bonanza on Jan. 26.
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ChiIl Mama's Free Ticket Tuesdays Are Here


Posted Jan 10, 2011 10:42 PM

Check in at ChiIL Out. We have free tickets for family fun and parents nights out!
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Win Toys With A Combined Value Over $120--And The Winners Are...


Posted Dec 22, 2010 9:37 AM

Happy Holidays to all, from ChiIL Mama. See you in 2011. Check in like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often! We'll have loads of great reviews, interesting events, kindie CD and ticket give aways and more! Check in today for our 4 toy winners.
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ChiIL Mama's Bodacious Book Blitz Winners


Posted Dec 22, 2010 9:31 AM

Winners announced today for books signed by author, Ayun Halliday, and illustrator, Alex Cox (who directed Repo Man and Sid and Nancy, among other cult classics.
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3 great author interviews & book give aways ending this Friday


Posted Dec 16, 2010 9:28 AM

Check out exclusive interviews with hilarious hoos-yorker, Ayun Halliday, chainmaille expert, Rebeca, and anarchist musician, Danbert Nobacon, on their new books.
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6 Big Kindie Holidaze Give Away Winners Announced


Posted Dec 16, 2010 9:21 AM

6 Big Kindie Holidaze winners are announced. Click to see who won great new music by top kids and family performers like: 1. Keller Williams--new CD entitled Kids, and his brand new Because I Said So book/CD combo give away. 2. Dan Zanes--an autographed cd-- Rocket Ship Beach- Dan's 1st family album- currently celebrating 10 years of all-ages family music. 3. Gustafer Yellowgold--DVD/CD set give away 4. Candy Band--CD give away 5. Flannery Brothers--CD give away 6. Bari Koral--CD give away
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ChiIL Mama's Big Kindie Holidaze Give Away is HERE! Enter for your chance to win.


Posted Dec 10, 2010 9:34 PM

It's a Kindie Holidaze Extraviganza!! Check out ChiIL Out this week, to win 6 amazing prizes. We interviewed The Verve Pipe & Candy Band on camera, and those interviews will air here for the first time this week, along with live concert footage. We also have an audio interview with Recess Monkey that will premier this week.
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Win A Disc Wednesday-And The Winners Are...


Posted Dec 10, 2010 9:09 PM

We had a triple treat this week and two lucky winners. Check out ChiIL Out this week for our biggest Win A Disc Wednesday EVER! We have a Kindie Holidaze Special with SIX great give aways and one easy entry form. Enter to win loads of great kids alternative music, an autographed CD signed by Dan Zanes, Keller Williams new book/CD combo, and his CD titled Kids, a Gustafer Yellowgold CD/DVD combo and more! Enter through midnight on Tuesday 12/14.
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Win A Disc (and more!) Wednesday: Ben Rudnick & Friends


Posted Dec 6, 2010 12:28 PM

Our usual Win A Disc Wednesday give away is a triple treat! The first entry form is for the happy holiday CD, by Ben Rudnick & Friends, It's Santa Claus! AND a $20.00 gift card to Coldstone Creamery. The second is for a FAMILY 4 PACK of tickets to take your kids see The Boogers LIVE at SUBTERRANEAN! this Saturday!
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Win A Disc (& $25 Restaurants.com Card) Wednesday-The Boogers Let's Go-And The Winner Is...


Posted Dec 1, 2010 2:33 PM

Find out who won our $25 Restaurants.com gift card AND the brand new punk rock release by The Boogers But.........Our big Boogers bonanza isn't over yet. If you're in the Chicago area, we're giving away a FAMILY 4 PACK of tickets this week to see The Boogers Live at Subterranean on December 11th at 3pm!
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