A year in Chicago Parent covers

As 2010 winds to an end, we look back at the Chicagoans who brightened up our covers this year. Two Chicago athletes, one TV cast, and dozens of adorable kids.

We started 2010 off with a “Choosing Healthy” package, with the skinny on childhood obesity data, tips to teach better eating habits, and some inspiration for a healthier kitchen.
On the cover: Mikey Tripicchio, 7, of Elgin
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January 2010

In our February issue, we examined the hidden costs of America’s two wars through the eyes of the families in the 909th forward surgical team deployed out of Fort Sheridan. Its 16 service memebers have 28 kids between them.
On the cover: Staff Sgt. Brian Duffy and his 6-week-old son
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2010 February

March was all about the monsters under the bed and how to tackle this (totally normal) fear.
On the cover: Bailey O’Neill, 5, of Glendale Heights, and Vinny Provenzano, 8, of Darien
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March 2010

For the first time ever, families with same-sex parents will be counted as households in the 2010 census. What it means for Chicago, the nation, and the families themselves.
On the cover: Dads Howard Wax and Robert Pooley with their twins, Marcus and Sarah, 4, of Chicago.
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April 2010

April showers brought May flowers, and delightful 7-year-old Ruby to our cover. Inside: Mother’s Day traditions, birthday celebrations gone wild, and mourning the closing of Kiddieland.
On the cover: Ruby Mead, 7, Oak Park

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May 2010

Celebrity dads, trips forlittle feet, and more!

At catcher, wearing number 12, your Chicago White Sox captain, A.J. Pierzynskiiiii This beloved athlete sat down with us to talk about fatherhood, and headlined our list of Chicago’s celebrity dads.
On the cover: A.J. Pierzynski and his kids, Austin and Ava.
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June 2010

Life’s a beach, and Chicago has plenty of ’em! We shot Genia at North Avenue beach, and threw in sandcastle 101, six non-sandy ideas for summer fun and how to avoid summer brain drain.
On the cover:Genia Chase, 4, of Chicago

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July 2010

A back-to-school bonanza swelled our August issue to more than 150 pages, full of tips, tricks and the staff’s own back-to-school memories.
On the cover:Ryan Enger, 5, of Downers Grove
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August 2010

  • Chicago’s best playgrounds
  • A day at the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Kids and grandparents

Behold the power of smiling: Take one look at the grin on 1-year-old Anden’s face and just try not to break out in an ear-to-ear grin yourself. Laughter really is the best medicine, or so we found out in September.
On the cover: Anden J. Hong, 1, Chicago

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September 2010

October was Makeover Month at Chicago Parent. We rolled out our redesign, more than a year in the making, with a focus on fresh, quick-hitting stories and a bold new look, starting with our cover.
On the cover: The Doyle Family: Dad Jim, Mom Ana Garcia, and their kids, Simon, 7; Celia, 9; and Claudia,1, in their Oak Park home.
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October 2010

Time to talk turkey. We turned to Chicago’s newest (and tiniest) culinary wizards, the cast of The Jr. Cuisine Cooking Show, which premiered this fall on WYCC. Read more about the show
On the cover: Ariana, Ariana, Jeremiah, Brittney and Valen.
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November 2010

Has the economy turned your family financial roles upside-down?Moms, are you now the breadwinner in your family, or do you feelmore pressure to provide? We want to talk to you for an upcomingstory.

For our holiday issue, we turned the spotlight on Chicagoans who give back to their communities with our Hometown Heroes feature.
On the cover: Chicago Bear Devin Aromashodu, with a few starstruck kids from the Chicago Housing Authority

Best of the mag:

December 2010

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