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Spring 2012

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Chicago Parent Archives

You’ve heard of Superman and Batman, but it’s time for a new crime fighter to join the ranks of your family’s favorite superheroes. Read more

Arts & Culture

Chicago Food Planet offers a three-hour walking tour of Chinatown that covers the food, history and culture of the largest Asian nation. And it’s right off the el’s Red line. Read more

Restaurant Picks

The Shawnee National Forest’s Garden of the Gods, roughly a six-hour drive from Chicago, erases the impression of Illinois as a flat Midwestern plain and offers a bit of adventure for families of all ages. Read more

Travel

For families who can't escape to the ocean for spring break but want to delight in coastal ambiance and fresh seafood, the next best thing is waiting in Ukrainian Village: El Barco Mariscos. Read more

EAT

America's Best Train & Hobby Shop is a dream come true for choo-choo crazy kids. Read more

PLAY

Anyone who has ever watched the TV show "MythBusters" knows blowing things up in the name of science is all part of the fun, as the show's two stars take an irreverent approach to testing scientific hypotheses. Don't miss the new MythBusters exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Read more

Museums

Everyone loves to find treasure, whether it is a bit of sea glass on the beach or an Ann Taylor sweater from the Goodwill rack. Letterboxing, a new trend in treasure hunts, lets families follow a trail of clues to discover hidden gems throughout the city and suburbs. Read more

In the City

Are you in search of a little peace and quiet some days, but you need to figure out how to do that with kids around? Recently, local author Anne Ford scoured the city for tranquil places for her new book Peaceful Places Chicago. Read more

Nature

Finding nature's hidden treasures can be as easy as heading out into your own backyard. Read more

Nature

Northern Michigan is one of those places where it’s all about the outdoors, from the majestic sand dunes along Lake Michigan to a traditional drive-in movie theater Read more

Travel

If you're planning to head to Michigan this summer, but want to ensure that "getting there" is at least part of your family vacation fun, try traveling by plane or boat. Read more

Travel

If your family is ready to ditch the four-star hotels and look for a little more rustic vacation, you may want to check out a ranch vacation. Here are two places we recommend. Read more

Travel

Experience your own version of the movie "Dolphin Tale" with a trip to where it all began. Read more

Travel

Bask in the lap of luxury--with kids--in Chicago. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

As the city that never sleeps, New York may have more in common with your children than you think. We've got some spots not to miss when visiting New York City with kids. Read more

Travel

We’re probably all guilty of rolling our eyes at a group of tourists fumbling with maps and blocking our way. But Chicago is a world-class city, so why should the natives miss out on all the fun? We’ve got six ideas for experiencing our great city like it was your first trip around the Loop. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Introduce your kids to the flavors of the world without leaving Chicago. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Think your days of traveling to exotic locales is over now that you have kids? We've got some ideas to get you back on the road. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Even if your budget won't let you cross the ocean this summer to visit the real Europe, there are plenty of places nearby to experience other countries. Read more

Travel

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