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April 2011

Wicker Park sheds industrial vibe for family-friendly mecca

After just a year in their adopted hometown, Debbie and Jorge Cases can’t imagine living anywhere else with their three kids.

Are Chicago playgrounds “mom-only” territory?

There is one place where women are at the top of the pecking order, a place where men are looked upon as outsiders who do not belong: the playground.

Don’t bug me

If I wanted my girls to avoid being trapped by the fears that sent me scrambling at the sight of a tiny spider, I had to face those fears.

Asparagus spears with walnut gremolata

A walnut gremolata makes this delicious fresh asparagus dish a real treat.

Sustainable eating as a family: 7 ways to get started

Preserving today’s resources for our children is what sustainability embraces.

Why can’t my family just watch TV?

My family are pause-aholics. There is no cure. They turn a 30-second commercial into a 10-hour miniseries. I swear to God if they hit pause again, I’m going to throw the remote into the blender.

Are online medical sites as good as a doctor visit?

Using the Internet for medical information is like a treasure hunt: You can find some gems, but you can also end up in some very strange places.

Chicago family deals with multiple sclerosis

Most of the time, you can’t tell my wife, Vicki, is suffering from multiple sclerosis. That’s because she is not suffering from MS. She is living with it.

Chicago families move past diagnosis and begin living with multiple sclerosis

In 1992, Chicagoan Dave Wojciechowski was diagnosed with MS. Gone were the father-daughter bike rides and walks. As people with MS adjusted to a new life of uncertainty, they're also learning new ways to connect with family.

In some Chicago communities, residents clash over green living

Mayor Richard Daley famously declared he wants Chicago to be the most eco-friendly city in America. How green is Chicago, really? Well, there are shades of green, depending on where you are on the map.
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Watch This, Do That: The Incredibles

‘No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again!’

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