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.

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Staff title: Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network

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Holiday Fun

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


A fun hobby to learn this winter! Read more


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

Holiday Fun

For the smallest trick-or-treaters. Read more

Holiday Fun

Honor loved ones who have died. Read more

Holiday Fun

Every second counts. Plan two ways out. Read more

Best of the 'Burbs

Enjoy the season to the fullest on these trails. Read more


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

Best of the 'Burbs



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

Best of the 'Burbs

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


Record flooding has affected many families in the area. Read more


Take a playground tour across Chicagoland. Read more

Outdoor Fun

Summer like it’s 1982. Read more

Best of the 'Burbs

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


Boring, standby gifts not allowed. Read more

Local Gems


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