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Mother's Day in Chicago: 13 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Brunch at Prime & Provisions Chicago

What would you do without Mom? She stands by you through thick and thin, wipes your tears and shares your joys. Mother's Day calls for celebrating the lady who will always love you, warts and all. Thank Mom for being there when you needed her most by taking her out to one of these 13 special spots for Mother's Day weekend in Chicago.


Take Flight at iFLY: Indoor Skydiving Now in Chicago

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Chicago

If you've ever dreamed of flying, or if you've ever wanted to skydive without having to jump out of an airplane, here's your chance: iFLY, the world's largest Indoor Skydiving operation, has opened its newest location in the near northside Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park, marking the 17th iFLY facility in the U.S. This incredible indoor skydiving facility recreates the experience of skydiving minus the fear factor of having to rely on a parachute to break your fall.


3 Family-Friendly Exhibits at Chicago Museums You Won't Want to Miss this Spring

Cinderella's Castle in Brick By Brick at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Headed to Chicago this spring break? Or you are a Chicagoan staying home to enjoy the city? Chicago museums have you covered when it comes to spring break fun with a dash of learning. Here are three exhibits at Chicago museums that you won't want to miss this spring in Chicago — one made entirely with LEGOs, one featuring 2,000-year-old warrior statues, and another that turns kids into TV meteorologists.


Five of the Best Places to Find the Easter Bunny in Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Easter Egg HuntHippity Hoppity! Easter is on its way and everybody's favorite bunny is hopping on down to Chicago. It's time to put on your bonnet and smile for a fun picture with Peter Cottontail, or even better, join him for brunch or discover the colorful eggs his hidden around the Lincoln Park Zoo. Here are five of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.  


Spend the Night at a Chicago Museum (or Aquarium!)

T.rex at The Field Museum Chicago

Have you ever wanted to snooze with Sue the T.rex? Explore a museum... by flashlight? Sleep with the fishes — literally? So many of our beloved Chicago institutions offer overnights for families, making for an exciting alternative to the usual tourist hotel and an exciting city adventure like no other. Here are three amazing, upcoming opportunities to spend the night at a museum (or aquarium!). 


Where the Flowers Are: Spring Blooms & Chicago Flower Shows

Chicago Flower and Garden Show

You might know Chicago as the "Windy City" or the "City of Broad Shoulders", but one of our city's most appropriate nicknames is the "Garden City." Indeed our city's seal states clearly Urbs in Horto, Latin for city in a garden. As springtime rolls around, the reason for this flowery nickname is evident: everywhere you turn, you'll see gardens big and small, in our backyards, on our parkways, even on our balconies and rooftops! Here are four gardens and


C2E2 Cheat Sheet: Plan Your Visit to Chicago's Comic & Entertainment Convention

C2E2 Chicago Comic and Entertainment ConventionSince 2010, C2E2 is an annual comic book and pop culture convention that takes place in Chicago. This year, it takes place March 18-20 at McCormick Place's South Building. With featured partners like Marvel, DC comics, Revolution Beer, and twitch, you know you can expect a great time.

This three-day event has an action-packed schedule of exhibitors, panels, autograph sessions, and of course... people watching. 


Chicago's Best Bowling Alleys

Kings Bowl Chicago

Chicago is a great city for a bowling match: from classic, hand set lanes with pinsetters of a bygone era to sleek, modern bowling lounges, there's a bowling alley to match every whim. Here are our picks for Chicago top bowling alleys.


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

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River Dyeing

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 seven family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.


Shakespeare with the Shorties: Kid-Friendly Shakespeare 400 Chicago

Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night

As the world commemorates the 400 years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brings together the city’s resident world-class institutions across disciplines, welcoming leading artists from around the globe to make Chicago their stage. Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this yearlong international arts festival will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors in events spanning theater, opera, music, dance, cuisine, exhibitions, and


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