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April 2011

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After just a year in their adopted hometown, Debbie and Jorge Cases can’t imagine living anywhere else with their three kids. more

Apr 11, 2011 3:42 PM Chicago Parent Archives

There is one place where women are at the top of the pecking order, a place where men are looked upon as outsiders who do not belong: the playground. more

Apr 11, 2011 3:25 PM Chicago Parent Archives

If I wanted my girls to avoid being trapped by the fears that sent me scrambling at the sight of a tiny spider, I had to face those fears. more

Apr 11, 2011 3:22 PM Chicago Parent Archives

A walnut gremolata makes this delicious fresh asparagus dish a real treat. Gremolata is an Italian condiment that typically contains garlic, parsley and lemon zest. Gremolata also makes a wonderful topping for grilled fish. more

Apr 11, 2011 3:14 PM Recipes

Preserving today’s resources for our children is what sustainability embraces. more

Apr 11, 2011 3:03 PM Chicago Parent Archives

My family are pause-aholics. There is no cure. They turn a 30-second commercial into a 10-hour miniseries. I swear to God if they hit pause again, I’m going to throw the remote into the blender. more

Apr 11, 2011 2:17 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Using the Internet for medical information is like a treasure hunt: You can find some gems, but you can also end up in some very strange places. more

Apr 11, 2011 10:23 AM Chicago Parent Archives

This year, experiment with a material called bleeding tissue paper to dye your eggs. The color transfers to other surfaces (like egg shells), leaving an interesting “tie-dyed” impression. more

Apr 11, 2011 9:43 AM Crafts

Most of the time, you can’t tell my wife, Vicki, is suffering from multiple sclerosis. That’s because she is not suffering from MS. She is living with it. more

Apr 7, 2011 3:51 PM Chicago Parent Archives

In 1992, Chicagoan Dave Wojciechowski was diagnosed with MS. Gone were the father-daughter bike rides and walks. As people with MS adjusted to a new life of uncertainty, they're also learning new ways to connect with family. more

Apr 7, 2011 3:46 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Mayor Richard Daley famously declared he wants Chicago to be the most eco-friendly city in America. How green is Chicago, really? Well, there are shades of green, depending on where you are on the map. more

Apr 4, 2011 3:01 PM Chicago Parent Archives

If it weren’t for my playgroup, I would have never known that the little boutique in Lincoln Park is the best place to find a pair of extra-wide shoes, and that there’s a secret preschool a few streets away that doesn’t advertise but has the best program in the South Loop. more

Mar 31, 2011 11:46 AM Chicago Parent Archives

When making matzo balls, nothing beats small hands for forming the round balls of dough. Wetting your hands will prevent the dough from sticking. To serve, place one or two matzo balls in bowls of hot chicken soup. Feel free to add vegetables such as onions, carrots or celery, but noodles or crackers are not permitted during Passover. more

Mar 29, 2011 4:13 PM Recipes

Older kids can help peel the apples while younger kids will love pressing the buttons on the food processor. Get your kids to stir in the nuts and add the honey and kosher wine. Decide together when it is sweet enough. more

Mar 29, 2011 4:06 PM Recipes