Eating around the world in Chicago
If you’re tired of the old standbys of pizza and burger joints, try taking your family on an ethnic adventure by visiting some of Chicago’s restaurants, which represent just about every ethnic group.
Adults take watches, clocks and the passage of time for granted as a part of our daily lives, but this is exciting stuff for kids just learning how seconds turn into minutes and minutes become hours.
Steps to the presidency
Teach your kids a little bit about history in the making by tracing the hometown roots of President Barack Obama.
History unwrapped at mummy museums
Unwrap the mysteries of ancient Egypt by setting off to discover some of Chicago’s very own mummies.
Fab finds at the fairgrounds
With today’s economy, visiting flea markets and garage sales has become a great way to find deals.
African fest offers worldly view
Chicago is full of culture, but you don’t have to be all grown up to appreciate and experience it.
KidsWork has child-size fun
The first thing you notice when you walk into the new KidsWork Children’s Museum is how open and bright it is.
Willis skydeck offers kids opportunity to 'walk on air'
Standing on top of the world is a great feeling, whether you are 4 or 40. Don't miss the Willis Tower's new Skydeck.
Musical prodigy bears watching
Years before her performances at Ravinia Festival and appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 7-year-old Emily Bear from Rockford was just a baby who stunned her grandmothers with a piano melody. She began playing piano scales before she was potty trained.
Theater offers sitters for Saturday shows
Parents can attend a theater show with kids in tow without having to force young children to sit through a performance.
WNBA star Jia Perkins is having a ball as a mom
Jia Perkins thought her dream of playing professional basketball was over when she became pregnant. But when she heard her name called on WNBA draft day, she began life as a working mom.
Beeping basketball cues blind players
Basketball is an American pastime that visually impaired individuals have never been able to enjoy—until now.
Remove the guesswork, keep the wonder
Teaching kids about nature seems easy, right? Just take them outside and point out trees and wildlife.
Halloween the kid-friendly way
Ghouls, goblins … and scarecrows? At the 24th St. Charles Scarecrow Festival, you and your kids can get your hands on some straw and create your own scarecrow.
Make your own scarecrow
You don’t have to enter a scarecrow contest to create your own. Here are five easy tips to get started at home.
Beyond the funny pages with comic stores
Comic books can entice even the most reluctant reader into spending time with written words.
Visit the other Nashville just over the border
Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, this Nashville so resembles its namesake town that the area is called "The Little Smokies."
Hidden gems in Illinois
We’ve all been hearing comparisons lately to the Great Depression. Here’s an adventure packed with teachable moments about the can-do spirit of that historic time.
Kids won’t want to leave the Center of Science and Industry.
From the moment you walk through its doors, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, captures your kids’ attention and doesn’t let go.
Go spelunking at Cave of the Mounds
When you think about national monuments, you probably think Grand Canyon or Niagra Falls and an airplane trip. But a great monument awaits two hours north of Chicago in Blue Mounds, Wis.
Freebies in the Quad Cities
The Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Ill., are a perfect and low-cost weekend getaway for the whole family.