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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month and Chicago area families are hopeful new Illinois legislation will help identify dyslexia sooner. more

Oct 14, 2014 4:44 PM Chicago Parent Archives

What exactly is common core and is it making your child's education better or worse? more

Aug 19, 2014 4:17 PM , Chicago Parent Archives

Wondering about the new iFly sky diving facility that opened up in Rosemont? We sent a writer and her family to check it out--here's what they thought. more

Jun 3, 2014 1:55 PM Chicago Parent Archives

An insider's look at the best of San Francisco for families. more

Jun 2, 2014 10:57 AM Chicago Parent Archives

You don't have to travel south to find some great barbecue--Chicago has a few spots you don't want to miss. Check out five of our faves. more

May 14, 2014 12:39 PM Restaurant Picks

Two frugal sisters have learned how to turn being frugal into a business. more

May 7, 2014 11:42 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Surrogacy is becoming more popular for couples looking for nontraditional ways to raise a family. more

May 6, 2014 9:55 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Writer Kristy MacKaben takes her family on a search for the best Mexican food in Chicago. Here are four of her faves. more

Apr 10, 2014 3:31 PM Chicago Parent Archives

A visit to Lincoln Square offers lots of places to eat, shop and play for families. more

Apr 10, 2014 2:11 PM Chicago Parent Archives

At some point, nearly every parent will hear 'I want to quit' from their child. Experts weigh in on when it might be OK to let them and when you should just tell them to suck it up and stick with it. more

Mar 12, 2014 12:39 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Parents and kids will get lot of tips on healthy eating and healthy living while having fun together at this weekend's Healthy Children Conference and Expo. more

Mar 3, 2014 1:18 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Many couples, even those who are happily married, don't truly understand each other's needs and don't always communicate effectively. Here are some tips to help. more

Feb 10, 2014 11:17 AM General Parenting

Bored with skating 'round and 'round the same old ice rinks? We've got a few suggestions for ice rinks to help you out of that rut. more

Dec 6, 2013 11:59 AM Chicago Parent Archives

A University of Chicago economist evaluates the risks vs. benefits of the myths all pregnant women encounter, including drinking while pregnant. more

Nov 6, 2013 10:02 AM Babies

Football season is in full swing. If you're a tailgating newbie, here are a few tips from families in the know. more

Oct 25, 2013 3:38 PM General Parenting

Explore the Windy City a new way with help from apps that serve up easy tours more

Oct 23, 2013 5:18 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Mundelein mom sees a change in her daughter's ADHD after a food purge at home so she decided school lunches needed to change, too. Her school district, as well as Chicago Public Schools and others, are trying to make lunches healthier. more

Aug 13, 2013 10:35 AM LEARN

Want to enjoy the great outdoors but aren't the biggest wildlife fan? We've got a list of campgrounds that are sure to please any family. more

Jun 18, 2013 5:23 PM Nature