The 5 best things to happen to Chicago kids in 2010

This year overcame a global recession, a polarizing election and another dose of double trouble in Chicago baseball with a series of awesome arrivals, from world-class theater to up-close animal encounters. Here are our five favorite.  Read...

 

Niles is named one of best places to raise a family

Niles' affordable housing, outstanding parks and library programs and free public transit make it a great place to raise kids - in fact, the best in Illinois, according to Businessweek.com's recent list of top family living spots. Read...

 

Shedd Aquarium's beluga celebrates first birthday with visitors

Shedd Aquarium's beluga, Nunavik, celebrated his first birthday Tuesday, ringing in his second year with cake and a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" from guests.  Read...

 

The best of Indianapolis for free this weekend

Looking for a quick-get-out-of-town weekend trip before the holidays really leave you frazzled or breaking the budget? Indianapolis' best attractions, including The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame and NCAA Hall of Champions, have teamed up to offer 12 free days of Christmas beginning this week. Read...

 

Vote for Toy of the Year

The 11th Annual Toy of the Year Awards are underway, and for the first time in the awards' history, voting is open to the public. Read...

 

Ways to text Santa this Christmas

<em>Santa-plz bring me an xbox 4 xmas, thx!</em> These could be the new "Dear Santa" letters, thanks to some online and wireless services springing up to deliver a high-tech holiday this year. Read...

 

Your teen wants cash for Christmas (what were the odds?)

Prepaid gift cards are flexible, secure and easy to reload, though there's no doubt they're a little lacking in the Christmas morning sentimentality department. Read...

 

Babies immune to contagious yawning, new research shows

Next time the clock says bedtime, but your little one is wide awake, faking a yawn won’t do the trick: Babies and young children are immune to contagious yawning, new research shows. Read...

 

'Wicked' in Chicago is pure magic on stage

With the witches of Oz finally back in Chicago, albeit for just a short visit, there's no better time to introduce your kids to the magic at play between the good and the supposedly evil in "Wicked."  Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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