Kristy MacKaben

Illinois puts more focus on dyslexia

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

Illinois parents and some teachers struggle with national Common Core Standards

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

Five Chicagoland spots to fuel your child’s love of nature and the outdoors

5 great places to get your kids outside this summer.

Chicago families can try sky diving at new indoor facility

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.

San Francisco the perfect destination for Chicago families

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

5 restaurants that have the best barbecue in Chicago

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.

Chicagoland twins turn couponing and saving into family business

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

Surrogacy on rise in Chicago area

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

Four places for authentic Mexican food in Chicago

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

Best walking tour for families in Chicago’s Lincoln Square

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

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How to Make a Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board

It's the modern day Lunchable.

COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know

We answer your questions.

Win American Girl’s 2021 Girl of the Year

Enter for your chance to win by Friday, April 30, 2021.

My Mantra: Is This The Hill You Want to Die On?

Lisa Brislane, Harwood Heights