Chris Thomas


63rd Street Beach

Travel around the world without leaving the city! more

May 23, 2016 5:07 PM Neighborhood Guides

Road tripping to greatness. more

Mar 31, 2016 4:43 PM Travel

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Photo by Paul Ruffolo Photography

First Stage in Milwaukee makes the perfect day-trip destination. more

Mar 22, 2016 7:30 PM Travel

The air may be getting crisper but we're stuck in a summer state of mind. more

Sep 10, 2015 4:05 PM EXPLORE


Credit: Julie Schroeder

Fantastic beach + kid-friendly attractions + close to home = a weekend getaway that's fun for the whole family. more

Jun 24, 2015 1:37 PM Chicago Parent Archives

These nearby camp grounds are perfect for first-time campers. more

Jun 22, 2015 7:51 PM Chicago Parent Archives

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Starved Rock

Have an itch to sleep under the stars and get some fresh air with the family? These are your best, and most convenient, bets. more

May 19, 2015 3:59 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Kids love tractors and getting out on the land. This road trip is perfect for your little farmer. more

Apr 21, 2015 7:32 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Are you a hockey-loving family that can't afford to make it to the United Center as much as you'd like? No worries, these teams are all within a 3-hour drive from Chi-town. more

Apr 16, 2015 8:14 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Looking for a way to take in a few concerts this summer? Experience Milwaukee's Summerfest, one of the world's largest music festivals. With fun music and activities for everyone, even the kids, this festival is one that every member of the family can enjoy. more

Jun 3, 2013 1:02 PM Fairs & Fests

We all know we can go to the doggie park or to Petsmart, but we've got some other stores and destinations where you can bring Fido. more

Mar 27, 2012 2:38 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