Shannan Younger


Shannan Younger is a writer and recovering attorney living in the western suburbs of Chicago. Her husband is tad bit more tolerant of her bad jokes than her teen daughter. Raising adolescents isn't easy, but it can be a ton of fun, especially in and around Chicago. She blogs at and ChicagoNow. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @ShannanYounger.

See a film for a dollar? Yes, please! more

May 26, 2017 5:05 AM PLAY

12 productions offer something for everyone. more

Nov 9, 2016 5:59 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Without paying for theater tickets. more

Sep 14, 2016 1:51 PM Arts & Culture

Give the best season in Chicago a proper send-off. more

Aug 30, 2016 2:17 PM Nature

There's plenty to learn during the competition. more

Aug 3, 2016 1:05 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Blogger series: How would you spend the perfect summer Sunday? more

Jul 15, 2016 4:11 PM Neighborhood Guides

Seeing parents read has a big impact on kids. more

Jul 6, 2016 3:25 PM Education & Workshops

Plus, educational activities to go along with them. more

Jun 1, 2016 8:17 PM Arts & Culture

Honoring those who died in service to our country. more

May 24, 2016 8:32 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Summer is a great time to fall in love with books. more

May 11, 2016 2:44 PM Indoor Fun

“He who plants a tree plants a hope.” – Lucy Larcom more

Apr 27, 2016 2:02 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age. more

Mar 21, 2016 5:59 PM Travel


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Helping children become both good students and good people is more important than ever. more

Jan 12, 2018 2:02 PM Sponsored Content

A day to honor the civil rights crusader. more

Jan 12, 2018 6:00 AM Holiday Fun

Brr, it's cold out there! more

Jan 3, 2018 9:36 AM City Faves

Chicago Wolves games are family fun without breaking the family budget, but there's so much more that families will love. more

Jan 2, 2018 6:00 AM Sponsored Content


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In the Chicago area, private schools are leading the way when it comes to mindfully using technology in the classroom. more

Jan 1, 2018 12:00 AM Sponsored Content

A parenting shift is needed. more

Dec 30, 2017 3:16 PM General Parenting

Two weeks can stretch on and on with bored kids. more

Dec 20, 2017 10:17 AM PLAY

Learn all about the holiday at these family-friendly events. more

Dec 18, 2017 3:41 PM Holiday Fun

The perfect antidote to Chicago winter woes. more

Dec 15, 2017 10:57 AM Travel

Concerts, scavenger hunts and more. more

Dec 13, 2017 9:59 AM Holiday Fun

Unique twists on the holiday classic. more

Dec 6, 2017 10:39 AM Arts & Culture


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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! more

Nov 20, 2017 3:34 PM Holiday Fun

Over-the-top cakes and decorations aren't high on kids' wish lists for the perfect party, but time for laugher is more

Nov 20, 2017 12:00 AM General Parenting

A Q&A with co-founder Sarah Michelle Gellar. more

Nov 13, 2017 2:37 PM Sweet Treats

The starting point for meaningful conversations with your kids. more

Nov 10, 2017 9:31 AM Museums

Whether you're decorating a nursery or updating the family room. more

Nov 9, 2017 11:27 AM Stuff We Love

A lot of heart and soul goes into planning parties, but there are a few things parents might overlook. more

Nov 9, 2017 10:09 AM General Parenting