It's that time of year again. The streets are bathed in holiday
lights, window displays beckon shoppers, and anticipation of
upcoming family get-togethers puts an extra spring in our step,
even as the temperatures drop. During this special time of year, we
can't help but stop for a moment and take stock of all we're
And this year at Families in the Loop, we're extra thankful.
Why? Because we're approaching our one-year anniversary! There's
simply no better time to reflect and give thanks for all the people
who have supported and encouraged us along the way.
Throughout this past year, fellow entrepreneurs and Chicago
business owners have shared their knowledge and expertise with us
in abundance. Families and friends from around the neighborhood
have enthusiastically hopped on the FITL bandwagon, volunteering
their time to make FITL a spectacular hub for families. For all of
this and more, we are truly thankful. We really are an example of
what is possible when two moms come together with a small idea,
along with big dreams and tremendous love for Chicago's
one-of-a-kind family community.
And there's no better time than Thanksgiving to put some muscle
behind our gratitude and get the kids involved in giving back. FITL
guru and On The Go Chicago founder Cindy McCarthy has
some guaranteed feel-good ways for the whole family to
Following are some local and national organizations to consider
As we at FITL reflect on what we are thankful for, you, Chicago
Parent reader, are in our thoughts. We are so grateful for the
opportunity we've had to play, learn and grow together and can't
wait for another amazing year of fun with you!
~By Jamie Fishman & Wendy Widom, Families in
Wendy Widom is CEO of Familes in the Loop (FITL), Chicago's hippest hub for parents and kids.
See more of Wendy 's stories here.
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