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Summer 2012

Mom realizes denial is no way to live life happily

In the span of four months we were asked to leave two preschool programs. It took more than two and a half years to get a diagnosis. For some reason, not one professional wanted to break the news to me.

The sweet smell of success

Raising children on the autism spectrum - regardless of where they are on that spectrum - can hardly be described as "exciting."

Enjoying nature in comfort

Getting out in nature doesn't have to mean misery. Canyon of the Eagles in Texas can help.

Finding free things to do while traveling

Think traveling has to break the bank? Think again. Here's how to find free things to do at your destination.

Grand Geneva offers year-round family fun

Ready to hit the spa? Let the little ones go to their own passport to adventure, while mom and dad relax.

Minor League baseball around Chicago

It's not just the Cubs and the White Sox. The Chicago area has four other professional baseball teams that are affordable and cater to family fun.

Bike through Chicago

Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance has two events that bookend the summer - Bike the Drive on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, and the Four Star Bike Tour at the end of August.

The Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute was built almost 100 years ago to house the work of University of Chicago archeologists. Today it is stocked with some of the world's oldest, and most fascinating, treasures.

Hidden beaches in Chicago

There are 33 beaches along the lakefront and some of the best for families are the ones you might never hear about.

Chicago In-Water Boat Show

Chicago finally gets an on-the-water boat show.
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Experience the Y Difference Firsthand

Brought to you by YMCA of Metro Chicago.

8 Children’s Books You Can Read This Ramadan

Embrace Quran and Ramadan traditions with these books.

Pfizer Vaccine Found Safe and Effective in Older Kids

The trial examined kids ages 12-15.

MSI’s Black Creativity Program Showcases Signature Art Exposition

The 51st exhibition of art by African Americans is the nation’s longest running show.