When you need a night off from Disney, try 'Billy Elliot' — but leave the kids at home

Remember theater in Chicago before kids? You know, when you went to shows and didn’t cringe at swear words and sexual innuendos? Then you'll love "Billy Elliot, The Musical." Read...

 

Producer Ted Jacobs sets poetry to music for kids' ears

Many have tried to put classic verse to compose music, but none has done it with the style, sensitivity and emotion found on two re-releases from producer Ted Jacobs. Read...

 

Have Internet rules, but not an Internet blackout

It can be tempting to pull the curtain down and keep your kids off the web altogether, but it's a bad idea. Here's why.  Read...

 

Fab Mama | Get a summer glow, a blinged-out watch, and smooth legs

Your poolside spent poolside with the kiddos are numbered this time of year, but your skin can maintain that healthy summer glow with three fabulous products from LUSH, Benefit and Dr. Denese. Read...

 

Something we Love | Customizable iPhone case

Digging out those wallet-sized photos of your kids is so old school. Now you can show off the kids by simply whipping out your iPhone. Read...

 

For an (almost) free vacation, consider house swapping

From the time their boys were age 3, 5 and 7, Michelle Holleman and her husband Tom have vacationed at free lodgings abroad. They pay in an international currency: the use of their Highland Park house in exchange. Read...

 

Animal shelters offer place to have birthday party with a bigger purpose

Looking for more than just cake and presents? Consider having your child's next party at your local animal shelter.  Read...

 

Chicago 7-year-old wins Book of the Year award for story about the family dog

An award-winning author at 7? One Chicago girl picked up some hardware for "Sabu & Me," her book about the family dog.  Read...

 

My Life | Dad-turned-coach learns valuable lesson on the field

When my son said, “Hey Dad, I'm joining the soccer team,” my first thought was, “I pity the fool who volunteers to coach 10 more of you.” Then he added, “I told Mr. Mascorro that you want to be the coach.” Enter the fool. Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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