6 ways to know you are a suburban mom

Outdoor adventure

On those picture-perfect days, you head to the 1,700-acre Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Suburban moms know how to easily navigate the children’s garden, maze and pond for hours as you soak in the nature. To make it a complete day outing, don’t forget to pack up a picnic, bikes and bike trailer for baby to enjoy the ride.

Playdate

The best thing to happen for suburban moms was the opening of Little Beans Cafe in Evanston. To call it just a café and play space is the understatement of the year. With an indoor obstacle course and basketball court for the older set and art studio and crawlers corner for the babies, Little Beans Evanston provides hours of delight for suburban moms meeting friends for playdates with kids of all ages.

Workout

You stretch, tone and tighten with regular sessions at the Dailey Method. With a hands-on, holistic approach to focusing on alignment and working out smarter, it’s taken over and spread through the Chicago suburbs like fitness hotcakes. The best news for suburban moms is that many locations offer child care to make getting a workout in that much easier.

Lunch with pals

You know that the best place for lunch with adult friends keeps the kiddos entertained as well. Suburban moms are hitting up The Junction Diner in Forest Park, where the diner delivers lunch via train cars around the counter. Plus with trains to ride, watch and explore, there’s something for the young and olds.

Afternoon treats

Suburban moms know that sometimes a little sugar rush helps get them through until dinner. Tates Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shop in downtown La Grange is the ideal spot for a little nostalgia with the black and white checkered floors, iron parlor chairs and traditional ice cream soda glasses. Plus with more than 32 flavors of homemade ice cream made on location, it hits that sweet spot.

Weekend plans

When weekends roll around, suburban moms head to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. With events through the fall and winter, there is always a way to soak up the outdoors and get baby some fresh air and fun.

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