Our Top 10 Most-Read Stories for 2021

What did Chicago Parents readers love reading this year?

In 2021, we seemed to have a better grip on the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccines, Chicagoland attractions reopening once again and helping our kids fully adjust from remote learning to in-person learning.

And yes, parents are still facing challenging obstacles, but at Chicago Parent, we’re here to provide the best resources for your family. Not to mention, a lot of great things happened this year. Here are Chicago Parent’s most-read stories of 2021.

Bird-Themed Mini Golf Course Opens on Chicago’s West Side

Photo Credit: Douglass 18 Partners/Lincoln Park Zoo

Mini golf courses will always be a classic family activity. But we were excited to see communities come together to open Douglass 18, a new outdoor mini golf course in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

AAPI-Owned Businesses for Chicago Families

Photo Credit: Building Block Toys

In the beginning of the year, we unfortunately saw a rise of hate crimes and violent attacks against Asian Americans. One of the ways communities responded was supporting AAPI-owned businesses. Chicago Parent also shared a story on raising Asian-American children in 2021

Awesome Chicagoland Bookstores to Visit with Kids

Photo Credit: Abel Arciniega/Choose Chicago

Visiting an independent bookstore is a great outing for families. And while bookstores have suffered during the pandemic, it’s important now more than ever to support your local shops. What’s great is that many of these Chicagoland bookstores provide plenty of kid-friendly options.

Watch This, Do That: Raya and the Last Dragon

Photo 1 courtesy of Disney+, Photo 2 courtesy of Amazon

We continued our Watch This, Do That series in the beginning of 2021 to pair more fun activities with your favorite family movies. When Raya and the Last Dragon released on Disney+, we added some screen-free ideas to try after watching.

White Sox Stadium Adds Self-Sanitizing Diaper Changing Table

Photo Credit: Pluie

Sports teams made the ultimate comeback in 2021! We appreciated how some venues made upgrades to accommodate COVID-19 safety, including Guaranteed Rate Field adding a self-sanitizing diaper changing table to its White Sox Mothers’ Nursing Room.

Lions Return to Lincoln Park Zoo with New Pepper Family Wildlife Center

Photo Credit: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Lincoln Park Zoo shared some exciting news with the return of lions after a two-year hiatus. Families can now visit the new zoo attraction, which features immersive viewing opportunities both inside and outside.

Anti-Racism Videos to Watch with Your Kids

Photo Credit: Hopster

Talking about race continues to be an important topic for Chicagoland families. We shared YouTube videos, focused on anti-racism, that you can watch with your kids right now. You can find more resources in our Talking About Race guide.

Where to Watch Your Favorite Childhood Cartoons

Photo Courtesy of HBO Max

Hello, nostalgia! Growing up, you might remember classic shows like “Scooby-Doo,” “DuckTales” and “Rugrats.” Now you can watch these childhood cartoons with your kids on these streaming services!

News Sources for Kids

Photo Credit: iStock

With the fast-paced news environment, it’s hard for some kids to digest all of the news. We’ve rounded up our favorite kid-friendly news sources to make it easier to help discuss important topics and build their media literacy skills.

How to Make a Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board

Kids' Charcuterie Board by Cheese Board Queen
Photo Credit: Emily Delaney

Charcuterie boards are fun to eat and make, too! Emily Delaney, aka The Cheese Board Queen, shared a kid-friendly tutorial to fill your board with your family’s favorite snacks.


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