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Why you need to re-discover family-friendly Dundee

Dundee is always changing for the better and we found a few new things families will love.

Unexpected family-friendly festivals and markets

Kid-friendly isn't always so obvious, but these events are worth a family trip.

Audio Slideshow: Family Adventure Days are a cheap, easy way to see Chicago

You don’t have to do any driving, someone else makes the picnic lunch and a guide entertains both you and your kids. Oh, and it's under $50 for a family of four.

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.

Go nose-to-nose with bears at Brookfield Zoo’s new exhibit

The Brookfield Zoo's new Great Bear Wilderness puts you nose-to-nose, nose-to-beak, nose-to-snout, and nose-to-whatever-bison-have with North America's most iconic creatures.

Tips to tame the Taste of Chicago

A hot summer weekend, 3 million people, and you. And a stroller. And a diaper bag. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Here are a few tips to tame the Taste.

Trade a Mother’s Day bouquet for a day at the conservatory

Fresh-cut flowers are nice, but aren't the real thing even better? Head to Garfield Park Conservatory this Mother's Day and tell the kids to find a better way to spend that $20.

10 ways to get outdoors this summer

A recent study found kids can identify up to 1,000 corporate logos, but fewer than 10 plants or animals native to their backyards. Fix that with these 10 ideas to get you started.

Chicago is better by boat

There's no better way to spend a summer day than out on the lake. No boat? No problem.

Unspoiled lakeshore does exist around Chicago

It may not be the Grand Canyon, but the unspoiled waterfront and ravine at the newly opened Openlands Lakeshore Preserve just 25 miles north of Chicago is breathtaking nonetheless.
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