Crystal Yednak

Chicago Public Schools chief envisions 2012-2013 as a school year of success

CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard sees tougher work and longer days in the upcoming school year, but with a success story in the end.

Boys vs. girls: Understand the difference (beyond the obvious, of course)

Experts say parents and teachers should not compare boys and girls -- or stereotype students based on their gender.

Technology in the classroom

What you should know about creating a health media diet for your kids this school year.

U-Pick farms in Northern Illinois

You and your family can pick anything from strawberries to tomatoes to, of course, apples in many U-Pick sites near Chicago.

Pirate adventures for kids around Chicago

Indulge your child's swashbuckling sensibilities this summer.

Take a trip to Kinnikinnick Farm

The always fun to say Kinnikinnick Farm, and other like it, offer city folks the opportunity to see what locally grown is all about.

Spring break in the Shawnee National Forest

The Shawnee National Forest’s Garden of the Gods, roughly a six-hour drive from Chicago, erases the impression of Illinois as a flat Midwestern plain and offers a bit of adventure for families of all ages.
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