Monica Kass Rogers

Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago: a guide for families with young kids

Planning day trips for the under-4 set means scaling things down to tot-sized capabilities. Thinking a little smaller will boost your enjoyment of...

Thrills and chills: Outdoor winter adventures in Chicago to beat back the winter blues

Nudge your pudgies off the couch this winter a family snow-tubing hill or dog-sledding adventure, or create your own backyard-or-bust version of Rudolph's Reindeer Games.

Kid-lit holiday food fest

The winter season is filled with story-and with fanciful food. Books that put the two together sing out to us. From Nutcracker...

Get kids involved in the kitchen this Thanksgiving

There's no secret ingredient to cooking with kids, but if you start small and stick with it, you can whip up something really special.

Train-tripping: Westward, ho! to Naperville and Lisle

A Metra trip to Naperville and Lisle is scalable: All-day, if you include stops at the DuPage Children's Museum, Naper Settlement and Museum at Lisle Station Park. Shorter, if you cut one or two of those destinations out.

Chinatown for little feet: A guided tour

The jumble of old and new, bold and subdued, treasure and trinkets that is Chicago's Chinatown will fascinate kids, and the untamed, "what'll-I-find-today," street-bazaar feel ensures no two trips will be alike.

Summer Fun S.O.S.

Right about this time, your bag of summer-fun tricks may be nearing empty. Time for a little refill!

Train-tripping: Brown and Red Line trips for little feet

El trains and neighborhood dining: Knowing your way around both is the mark of a true Chicagoan. Take the kids along for an introductory ride that combines both.

Garden to table in 7 easy steps

It's officially Spring -- so start eating like it! Seven quick (and dirty!) steps to reaping what you sow.
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