100 Things to Do this summer

10 animal adventures this summer in Chicago and the suburbs

With two zoos, a world-class aquarium and more pet parades and nature fests than you can shake a stick at, Chicago offers a menagerie of events for animal lovers.

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10 secretly educational things to do this summer in Chicago

Educational experts say kids lose as much as six months of school-year progress during the summer break. And until America eventually caves and starts year-round schooling, it doesn’t look like that three-month hiatus that is as magical as it can be maddening is going anywhere. So when it comes to summer learning, we’re going with the puree-the-vegetables-in-the-pudding trick with these 10 things that are so much fun, your kids won’t even realize they’re educational.

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12 drop-in activities this summer in Chicago

Sure, those special weekend festivals are circled on the calendar, and you’ve already booked tickets to the Jammin’ at the Zoo, but sometimes the best activities are the ones that don’t require any advanced planning. Like your favorite soap opera, these drop-in activities are dependable, trusty, reliable. Nothing fancy here, but they’ll be lifesavers on a hot summer day when “there’s nothing to do.”

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10 short summer vacation ideas for Chicago families

Looking for a weekend getaway or some short vacation to enjoy with your family? Well, here are ten travel ideas we have to help you plan a summer escape!

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