December 2012


Maid-Rite has arrived in Chicago's Lincoln Park and families are sure to flock to the diner-style eatery that is as kid-friendly as it is delicious. Read more

Restaurant Picks

A reader asks for advice on how to deal with bad behavior from her son's first girlfriend. Read more

General Parenting

This winter salad is sophisticated enough for holiday meals but simple enough for weekday dinners. Read more


Your Ripple Effect is a bucket list, with a twist. It's about giving back to your community. Read more

General Parenting

The free programs address everything from what parents can do about bullying to answers about ADHD medication. Read more

General Parenting


Illustration by Tom Deja

Christopher Garlington shares his struggles with assembling toys and wrapping them well enough to be presentable. Read more

General Parenting

These three exhibits will at least keep the kids occupied for a few days. Read more

Holiday Fun

Families can bowl, play bocce and dine in a "grown-up" atmosphere at three Chicagoland locations. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

How can you choose which is right for you child? Take a close look at these considerations when comparing gadgets. Read more

General Parenting


These shops bring something unexpected to the usual holiday decor. Read more

Stuff We Love

Holiday cookies bring family together—within reason. Read more

General Parenting

Planning a family trip to the nation's capitol? Here are a few ideas you won't find in the guidebook. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

New holiday play dramatizes the bittersweet story of a family who brought Christmas trees to immigrant families in Chicago. Read more

Holiday Fun

These holiday-themed coffee cup sleeves will make a welcome addition to anyone's winter morning routine. Read more


Don't be a Scrooge. Try one of these inexpensive twists on gifts and keep holiday spirits up. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Local dancers become mice and dolls in this classic holiday performance. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives


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