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Parents as "potty mouths": Watching my language around the kids


Posted May 31, 2011 3:44 PM

If his reputation as a Potty Mouth is well-earned, I wonder how Mayor Emanuel talks around his kids. What about you? Do you watch your language around your kids?
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A quick, healthy family dinner at Mista in Chicago


Posted May 31, 2011 9:45 AM

At first, the combination of recommendation from one of our "single friends," its Andersonville location, and the word “Mista” conjured up images of white tablecloths, wine glasses, and evil stares from non-breeders. But Mista is a cozy, unpretentious and affordable spot for a family dinner.
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How safe are Chicago's streets really?


Posted May 24, 2011 2:55 PM

My son just got a new shiny bike. Am I crazy for letting him ride it around the block alone?
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Golden Arches? Nope - Golden House, Chicago's finest pancake pit


Posted May 23, 2011 10:17 AM

A $20 family breakfast, free parking and all the "24-hour diner" ambience you can handle.
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The family car: Flashy or functional?


Posted May 20, 2011 9:50 AM

My son is not a happy car rider. And our car - with no DVD player or entertainment console - doesn't help.
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Chicago, the "Second City"? Never


Posted May 16, 2011 11:41 AM

New York is top-notch in its family friendliness, IF you know what you're doing - and it doesn't hurt to throw some sidewalk chalk and an inflatable ball in your suitcase.
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My new favorite toy store, and other thoughts about playing in Chicago


Posted May 10, 2011 9:22 AM

With the discovery of a toy store gem and the promise of warmer weather, I've been thinking a lot about play.
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Raising a "Starbucks" generation in Chicago


Posted May 9, 2011 11:43 AM

It's a beautiful Saturday morning and Leo has just pounded down his "Horizons Organic Low-Fat Vanilla Milk" and is polishing off his three mini doughnuts when a thought occurs to me: he has never known a world without a "Starbucks" on every other corner.
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On-ramping in Chicago - and I don't mean on the Kennedy


Posted May 6, 2011 10:12 AM

I'm back at work part-time, and I'm ignoring my friends left and right, forgetting my kids' doctors' appointments and getting the worst twitter butt known to this side of a MacBook Pro.
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Real Kitchen in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood is the real deal


Posted May 5, 2011 1:22 PM

The finer side of dining, packed up to-go. At least the only tablecloths your kids ruins are your own.
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