Melissa Haak


Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels | writer | creator | localist with She once lived in heels and dreamed of traveling the world, now she lives in her minivan and dreams of a clean kitchen.

Author Email: [email protected]

Staff title: Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network

Fun fact: Reptiles are not really slimy; their shine comes from an oil on their scales. more


A fun hobby to learn this winter! more


Help make someone's Christmas a little brighter. more

Holiday Fun

Test the waters on their interest and stamina for a performance. more

Holiday Fun

For the smallest trick-or-treaters. more

Holiday Fun

Honor loved ones who have died. more

Holiday Fun

Every second counts. Plan two ways out. more

Best of the 'Burbs

Enjoy the season to the fullest on these trails. more


When the Bigs are away, the Littles will play. more

Best of the 'Burbs



From balloons to pow wows, three fests you'll love to share with the kids more

Fairs & Fests

Summer and fall are prime months to fall in love with silly, active goats. We have a few places to check out. more

Best of the 'Burbs

Kids can see what other kids face while living in extreme poverty in the Philippines, Guatemala and Uganda. more


Record flooding has affected many families in the area. more


Take a playground tour across Chicagoland. more

Outdoor Fun

Summer like it’s 1982. more

Best of the 'Burbs

See why the waterway ranks high among Lake County residents. more



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