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Fantastic field trips

Who says learning has to stop at the classroom? With these field trips, kids learn real-world lessons that complement their in-school education.

Steep your kids in Chicago history, step by step

We live, work and raise our families in a world-class city, but how much do we know about the fascinating history that surrounds...

Photo Slideshow | Boo at the Zoo is, unsurprisingly, adorable

A few Chicago Parent staffers were lucky enough to be judges at the Brookfield Zoo's Boo! What we found was cute overload.

Video | Exploring Emily Oaks Nature Center

As part of our ongoing video series, "10 Free things to do with your kids this summer," Chicago Parent headed out to the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie.

Freebies in the Quad Cities

The Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Ill., are a perfect and low-cost weekend getaway for the whole family.

Visit the other Nashville just over the border

Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, this Nashville so resembles its namesake town that the area is called "The Little Smokies."

African fest offers worldly view

Chicago is full of culture, but you don’t have to be all grown up to appreciate and experience it.

Fab finds at the fairgrounds

With today’s economy, visiting flea markets and garage sales has become a great way to find deals.

Steps to the presidency

Teach your kids a little bit about history in the making by tracing the hometown roots of President Barack Obama.
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