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63rd Street Beach

Travel around the world without leaving the city! Read more

Neighborhood Guides

Road tripping to greatness. Read more


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First Stage in Milwaukee makes the perfect day-trip destination. Read more


The air may be getting crisper but we're stuck in a summer state of mind. Read more



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Fantastic beach + kid-friendly attractions + close to home = a weekend getaway that's fun for the whole family. Read more

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These nearby camp grounds are perfect for first-time campers. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

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Starved Rock

Have an itch to sleep under the stars and get some fresh air with the family? These are your best, and most convenient, bets. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Kids love tractors and getting out on the land. This road trip is perfect for your little farmer. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Are you a hockey-loving family that can't afford to make it to the United Center as much as you'd like? No worries, these teams are all within a 3-hour drive from Chi-town. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Looking for a way to take in a few concerts this summer? Experience Milwaukee's Summerfest, one of the world's largest music festivals. With fun music and activities for everyone, even the kids, this festival is one that every member of the family can enjoy. Read more

Fairs & Fests

We all know we can go to the doggie park or to Petsmart, but we've got some other stores and destinations where you can bring Fido. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

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. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives


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