Video | Mr. Furry Fur Fur, the earth-friendly raccoon
Watch Chicago Parent's exclusive interview with Mr. Furry Fur Fur, the environmentally-friendly raccoon.
Video | New rehabilitation machine puts patients one step closer to walking
The Lokomat, a new rehabilitation device, is helping people like Juanito Zavala, a client at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago who has cerebral palsy, get out of a wheelchair and up on their own two feet.
Come face to face with a cave bear. Dress the role of a Civil War soldier.
It’s that time of year again when long trips in the car are met with frequent choruses of "Are we there yet?"
Follow in the footsteps of our nation’s 16th president by taking a journey from his childhood home
Free outdoor festivals are part of what makes summers in Chicago special.
We cheer winners conceived and developed by moms in the trenches.
All it takes is a little strategy to excite your child with visits from butterflies in your very own butterfly garden.
It's a SAHD, SAHD world
For Howard Ludwig, the decision to stay at home with his newborn son while his wife worked was a no-brainer.
Recipes: Whip up Dad's favorite foods this Father's Day
Papa, vater, papi, père, padre—no matter how you say it, dad is a great reason to celebrate.
The single mom's guide to dating
There comes a point when every single mom realizes that she would like to have a conversation with an adult
Jade Stewart’s eyes widen as she describes her letter correspondence with a young girl in Ethiopia
Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs
South suburban resource guide
If you don't stop fighting, I'll ...
Kids somehow emerge from the womb already programmed to know how to push our buttons.
Three years ago, my son was born, and, as for every other first-time parent, my life and my world changed dramatically.
Throwing like a dad
If grade school P.E. had been taught as reading was when I was a child, I would have belonged to a small group
Father's Day gift ideas
Finding the right gift to tell Dad ‘I love you’ is sometimes harder than it should be.
Chicago native Aaron Caponigro and his 11-year-old son, Jacob, form the comedy duo UnRelated.
Lessons learned from an accident
I couldn’t see much, just the ceiling lights in the emergency room as the ER doctors and nurses quickly and cautiously
1. Be a lady-who-lunches. Skip the mocha latte lunches or eating that leftover pb&j while folding someone’s Dora
A dad among boys
His unfocused eyes darted around from one blotch of color to the next just trying to make sense of the strange new world
Not all green bags were created equal, fashionably speaking. If you want style versatility with your bags, Green Girl
Understanding your child’s sexuality
Masturbation. It’s all the rage with your kid and it kind of freaks you out.
Fun books for the summer
The two little girls in the White House are tired of waiting to find out what kind of a dog they will get.
Share your best quiet-time music
It is often said that "music hath charms to soothe the savage beast" but I am quite sure when English playwright
Summer adventures to read
The three biggest things in T.C.’s life are the Red Sox, his dad and his best friend,
Oh, the places you’ll go
Have map, will travel. Even if your family isn’t planning trips to exotic locales this summer, you can take your child
iCream for fun ice cream
The first things you notice when entering iCream are the large standing mixers hooked up to metal tubes.
Field Museum launches virtual coral reef
Kids have a chance to learn about coral reefs through the Field Museum’s partnership with Whyville.net.
Art Institute expands kids' offerings
Families visiting the Art Institute will find more areas just for children with the recent opening
Free tournament lets fans get close to players
Bears fans, mark your calendars for June 26. That’s the day of the annual Meijer Celebrity Gridiron Challenge,
Five steps to preventing swimmer’s ear
For many kids, the start of swimming season can also mean beginning the summer suffering from swimmer’s ear.
Grants help create miracles
Sometimes the only thing standing between a couple and having a child is a few zeroes on a check,
Furniture accidents increase
The number of children being injured or killed by tipping furniture over has increased,
Tap for strong teeth
Want some easy ways to protect your children’s teeth? If they crave a sports drink, use a straw.
ADHD meds boost achievement
Medications used to treat ADHD not only improve short-term concentration for students,
Block burns and bites
Now that summer has finally arrived, here are some tips for protecting skin from insect bites and sunburns:
Movies that teach
Can't stomach another family movie night featuring Hannah Montana or clone troopers? Try these.
June 4, 2009
Get out there and play. Take your family out to the Poplar Grove Airport for some high-flying, old-fashioned fun. This weekend, the airport, located at 11619 Route 76, hosts World War II-era aircraft and military vehicles during the Army Wings and Wheels Air Show.
The new mix in the WIC program
This year’s deep recession is causing economic hardship for many young families.
June 11, 2009
Get out there and play. Bring your appetite this weekend for your family’s fill of ribs at this year’s Rib Fest. The street festival, which originally started as a block party, now averages 65,000 pounds of ribs yearly. But with 25 bands—including Indie, Rock and Alt Country—and a Kids Square, this celebration is more than just ribs.
June 18, 2009
Get out there and play. Even if your family doesn’t hail from Scotland, you can still celebrate like a great Scot at the Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Oak Brook. Spend your weekend with folks in kilts, bagpipers and big burly men tossing telephone poles as far as they can.
June 25, 2009
Get out there and play. Spend your weekend with the youngest members of your favorite zoo’s family. Lincoln Park and Brookfield zoos have had a bountiful spring with many little bundles of joy now on display.