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5 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Family Fun St Patrick's Day

With our strong Irish roots, no city celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the fervor of Chicagoans. But not all the festivities are, shall we say, family-friendly. If you're planning on spending St. Pat's with some Leprechaun-sized companions, you can still get in on the shamrock-fueled action. Here are five family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.

Springtime Family Shows at City Winery

City Winery

Fine wines and kids usually don't go hand in hand, but the City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.), a 30,000-sq.-ft., fully-functioning winery, concert hall and Mediterranean eatery is inviting families to celebrate spring with a variety of kid-friendly programming. 

Chicago Architecture Family Programs for Kids at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Looking to learn more about Chicago architecture? Some of the first modern skyscrapers were born in our city, and our stunning skyline reflects Chicago's originality, beauty and innovation in the field of architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation works hard to introduce the science and art behind Chicago's amazing architecture to young children and teens, with outstanding programming that offers hands-on activities, walking tours and workshops.

A Visit to Eli's Cheesecake World


When Marc Schulman, president of Chicago's very own Eli's Cheesecake, invited my kids and I to spend a day at Eli's Cheesecake World, I just about jumped for joy (and so did my kids). We love Eli's Cheesecake!

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late

8 Amazing Things to See and Do this Winter at the Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science & Industry

During the month of February, Chicago's beloved Museum of Science and Industry is offering free museum entry to all kids, ages 3-11. All you need to do is visit to claim the free kids entry voucher, which allows for two free kids per paying adult. A wintertime visit to the Museum of Science and Industry is the cure for cabin fever, thanks to the myriad of amazing things to see and do. Here are eight things to see and do this winter at the museum.

6 Ideas for Celebrating Valentine's Day in Chicago with the Kids in Tow

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Looking for a spot to celebrate Valentine's Day with the entire family? Thankfully Chicago has you covered with child-friendly fun events and places to eat this February. Here are six ways to enjoy the sweetness of Valentine's Day with your kid-sized Valentines.

Three Luxe Chicago Hotels that Go the Extra Mile for Pint-Sized Guests

Kids hotel

Chicago's luxury hotels don't just tolerate pint-sized guests, they welcome them with open arms, extending unforgettable perks that make kids feel like stars. From special spa treats to an ice cream cart that visits your guest room, here are three Chicago hotels that go the extra mile to make sure kids are happy during their stay.

Weekend Alert: January 30-February 1

Chicago Restaurant Week

Good times this weekend, very good times. Whether you're checking out a very unique new show in "The Adventures of Tapman,"a dazzling production on ice of "Frozen," admiring purebred dogs at the International Kennel Club Dog Show, or digging in to some delicious food in the return of Chicago Restaurant Week 2015 (!!), you've got things to smile about.

3 Uniquely Chicago Finds at the Randolph Street Market Festival

Randolph Street Market

This past weekend, my daughter and I spent some time at the Randolph Street Market Festival. We had such fun exploring three floors worth of art, fashion, vintage treasures, decorators finds and more. Even the venue itself - the beaux arts Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington - was interesting (check out the mural of Buckingham Fountain on the staircase and the ornate detailing and woodwork and don't forget to stroll the balcony overlooking the auditorium - there

Take a Whirl Around the Ice Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

While it might not be possible to gaze down on the Jungfrau while ice skating in Chicago, the winter sports enthusiast can take advantage of the remarkable skating ribbon that is the centerpiece of Maggie Daley Park.

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