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Winter at the Lincoln Park Zoo: 5 Fun Things to See & Do at the Zoo

Camel at Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Chicago is to bundle up, get outside and connect with nature, family and friends. And one of the best places to connect with nature in our busy city is at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Wintertime is one of the best times of the year to visit: it's peaceful wandering around the beautiful, snow-blanketed zoo, while some of the animals are at their most active (hello snow monkeys!).


7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Kid-Sized Sweethearts in Chicago

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago

Looking for a spot to celebrate Valentine's Day with the entire family? Thankfully Chicago has you covered with fun events and activities that celebrate that thing called love this February. Here are seven ways to enjoy the sweetness of Valentine's Day with your kid-sized valentines.


5 Children's Plays on Our Radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2016

Filament Theatre presents Pinocchio | Chicago Theatre Week

Chicago Theatre Week is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can witness the magic of live theater with your family. From February 11-21, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15-30, with many offering further discounts. Here are five don't miss children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2016.


Celebrate the Year of the Monkey: Kid-Friendly Guide to Chinese New Year in Chicago

Chicago Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8, 2016. We can expect lots of playfulness this year — it's the year of the monkey! One of the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year is Chicago's one-of-a-kind Chinatown, where the sights, the sounds and the (mouthwatering!) smells will transport you directly to China, but you'll find plenty of festivities around town. Here are eleven ways to kick off the Year of the Monkey in Chicago.


5 Family-Friendly Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week 2016

Chicken Shop Chicago

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's culinary delights. From January 16 through February 4, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus — starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) — for the whole family.


A Visit to the Busy Beaver Button Company and Museum

Busy Beaver Button Museum

Chicago is home to many wonderful world-classhistoric museums, filled to the brim with amazing cultural finds from near and far. Yet you'll also find smaller, more eclectic museums that are off the beaten tourist path yet just as interesting. We have a quirky, mini-museum in our Logan Square neighborhood, the only one of its kind in the world: The Busy Beaver Button Co. and Button Museum stands as the world's only button museum!


Insider's Guide to Ice Skating: Chicago Rinks & Nearby Eats

Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink

Skating figure eights is always fun, and Chicago sets the skating stage by offering a wide selection of wonderful outdoor skating rinks. From a sky high rink to a lazy river-like ribbon of ice, there's an ice skating rink to fit your every whim. Grab your mittens, scarf, sweetheart and a thermos of hot cocoa and enjoy fun night of ice skating.


Chicago's Best Pizza Parlors

Lou Malnati's Chicago deep dish pizza

Chicago is my kind of pizza town: pizza parlors offer some of the best pieces of the pie in the world. From one of our city's greatest inventions — deep dish pizza — to crispy, delightful thin crust delights, you'll find a pizza to fit your style. On the heels of National Pizza Week (and in anticipation of National Pizza Day in February!), here are my family's picks for Chicago's very best pizza parlors.


Celebrate the Season: Winter in Chicago 9 Ways

Polar Adventure Days Chicago Bundle up, get outdoors and celebrate winter! When dressed properly, being outdoors in Chicago is a joy in the wintertime, when the city dresses up in its snowy best. Here are nine fun ways to celebrate winter in Chicago... outdoors.

Ring in the New Year with the Kids: Chicago NYE Family Celebrations

Kings Bowl Lincoln Park

You can ring in the New Year with food, fun, and festivities - even if you've got kids in tow. Thankfully, a handful of Chicago venues have kept families in mind by offering kid-friendly fun. Here are seven ideas for a festive Chicago-style New Year's Eve with the entire family.


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