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Cupcake Decorating Classes at Chicago's Magnolia Bakery

Matt Kirouac

Tucked into Chicago's Block Thirty Seven shopping mall at 108 N. State St., Chicago's Magnolia Bakery is a mecca of all the classic American baked goods that everyone loves. Delectable muffins, pies, cakes and brownies line the shelves in this cherished bakery. But the true stars here are the cupcakes: baked fresh and frosted daily, you'll find all your traditional favorites as well as seasonal and daily specials. The cakes and cupcakes here are known for their colorful and


Empowering Theater for Kids: WONDERLAND, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure

Alice in Wonderland

Sadly, not all children's theater productions speak to girls, and as the mom of a theater-obsessed little girl, I can only take so many princess-based plays. Thankfully, the Chicago Children's Theatre has flipped that script: Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, a new family musical created by top Chicago director Rachel Rockwell and music director Michael Mahler, managed to spark the imaginations of my daughter, age 5, and her two friends, ages 6 and 7.


Weekend Alert: April 24-26

C2E2

Hey Chicago, do you enjoy shopping, food, comedy and having fun? Well first, I sure hope so, because that's pretty general and covers a lot of things. But if you want the best of all of those things, check out the events below to kickstart an epic weekend. Feel like a superhero at C2E2; laugh non-stop at Chicago Improv Festival; marvel at Joffrey Ballet's newest show; dine like a king or queen at Pastoral's Artisan Producers Festival; and shop 'til you ... you know ... at the Randolph


Chicago's Best Kid-Friendly Burger Joints

Burger - Blog

Nothing beats a great burger. When it comes to the American diner classic, here are five places that you can't beef with. These are our family's picks for Chicago's best kid-friendly burgers.


Top 10 Chicago Must-dos with Teens or Tweens

Kids Millennium Park

Heading into town with your teen or tween? Here are 10 must-dos for your Windy City bucket list:


Blue Man Group Introduces Sensory-Friendly Performaces

Blue Man Group

It's Autism Awareness Month, and Chicago's Blue Man Group is setting sail on a yearlong partnership with advocacy organization Autism Speaks, to raise awareness and introduce a sensory-friendly show that's sure to be a thrill, whether you're on the spectrum or not.


Chicago Humanities Festival: Amazing 'Stages, Sights & Sounds' International Children's Theater Festival

stages

For more than 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has celebrated individuals, communities, and cultures with its vibrant year-round programming. 2015 marks the 16th year of CHF's amazing Stages, Sights & Sounds International Children's Theater Festival. From May 7-20, Stages, Sights & Sounds will feature inaugural theater productions from around the world, world class puppetry performances, and readings with children's book authors.


Easter Dining in Chicago for All Tastes

Easter Dining

Easter calls for a festive brunch or dinner complete with colorful eggs and all the sweet treats of the season. There's an Easter brunch in Chicago for everyone, whether you're looking to bowl with the bunny or sip bottomless mimosas on a sunny patio. Here's a guide to finding the your best brunch fit for your family.


Four Places to Find the Easter Bunny in Chicago

Easter Bunny Pinstripes

Hippity 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. Here are four of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.


Explore Chicago's Greektown with Kids

Greektown

Greektown, located just west of the Loop, between Van Buren and Madison Streets and along Halsted Street, makes for a fun day of exploring. Easy to reach via taxi or CTA (take the Blue Line to UIC Halsted and follow Halsted North), this fantastic neighborhood gives visiting families a taste of Greek culture (and cuisine!).


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