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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 Wednesday: (The Presidents of the United States of America's Chris Ballew) Caspar Babypants


Posted Oct 27, 2010 2:15 PM

Don't let the name fool you into thinking this is just another Barney or The Wiggles. Caspar Babypants has all the irreverant genius of Chris Ballew, front man and Grammy nominated songwriter for four times platinum rock band, The Presidents of the United States of America. ChiIL Mama's giving away this awesome new release to THREE luck winners. Your first chance to win happens this week. Check out ChiIL Out for your chance to enter and win.
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Win A Disc Wednesdays: Flannery Brothers-The New Explorers Club--And The Winner Is...


Posted Oct 27, 2010 2:09 PM

Check out ChiIL Out to download you very own FREE 12 song copy of Dance Songs 4 Silly Kids and to see who won The New Explorers Club , The Flannery Brothers excellent new release.
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ChiIL Mama Win A Disc Wednesday: The Flannery Brothers Free 12 Song Album and The New Explorers Release


Posted Oct 20, 2010 6:42 PM

Check out ChiIL Out for all the details. This week we have a win win situation. We have The New Explorers Club CD for 1 lucky reader to win and a free full length download, so everyone wins. The Flannery Brothers are generous dudes, and they've given me a link so you--not just one of you per week--but ALL of YOU can download 12 free songs called Dance Songs 4 Silly Kids.
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Win A Disc (Or $135.00 Multilingual Chicago language class) Wednesdays: The Limiñanas--And The Winners Are...


Posted Oct 20, 2010 5:44 PM

Check in at ChiIL Out to see who our big winners are this week.
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Danbert Nobacon Reading and Signing Anarchist Fairy Tale Tonight at The Book Cellar


Posted Oct 14, 2010 1:27 PM

Check out ChiIL Out for a book review of 3 Dead Princes-An Anarchist Fairy Tale and musician, Danbert Nobacon's, first novel. Danbert Nobacon will be at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square at 7:00pm tonight (Thursday) for a reading, so you can get your own signed copy and meet the mastermind himself.
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Win A Disc (And/Or $135 Kids Language Class At Multilingual Chicago) Wednesday: The Limiñanas


Posted Oct 14, 2010 1:10 PM

Check out ChiIL Out and enter to win a $135 kids foreign language class at Multilingual Chicago and/or the fabulous self titled French CD, by The Limiñanas, on Chicago's own Troubleinmind Records.
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Win A Disc (And/Or 4 Concert Tickets!) Wednesday: The Verve Pipe--And The Winner Is...


Posted Oct 13, 2010 11:51 PM

Check in at ChiIL Out to see who won this week's TWO prizes--The Family 4 Pack to see The Verve Pipe live at SPACE and their rockin' kid-centric CD--A Family Album.
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Win A Disc (And Hardback Book) Wednesday: Swing Cafe


Posted Oct 6, 2010 12:19 PM

Check in at ChiIL Out to see who won the gorgeous hardback book and CD set--Swing Cafe, and to learn more about The Secret Mountain and their masterful multicultural story telling.
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Win A Disc (And/Or 4 Concert Tickets!) Wednesday: The Verve Pipe


Posted Oct 5, 2010 7:06 PM

The Verve Pipe's latest CD, "A Family Album," has been in heavy demand in our cars since August. Win tickets to their live show in Evanston and a copy for your own family!
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Win A Disc (And Hardback Book) Wednesday: Swing Cafe


Posted Sep 29, 2010 3:29 PM

ChiIL Mama was absolutely delighted to read and listen to Swing Cafe, another excellent title in The Secret Mountain's award winning series of children's books. The accompanying CD is packed with classic recordings by legendary performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and other Jazz greats who are interwoven throughout the narration of the story. The CD is a lengthy 60 minutes, so families get their money's worth on this one. It's a perfect road trip disc.
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