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The flowers are blooming, the animals are outside soaking up the sunshine; spring is in the air at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. This (free!), 35-acre zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood, has been delighting visitors since it was founded all the way back in 1868—it's one of the oldest zoos in the US! Here are five ways to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous springtime weather at Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo:

5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off the holiday season in Chicago on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19. When grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead the capstone holiday parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons and marching bands and light up over one million lights on 200 trees along the Magnificent Mile with their magic wands, the most wonderful time of the year in Chicago has officially begun.

Lurie Garden Chicago

Nothing beats summer in Chicago, but there is so much to look forward to this fall. From a kid-focused international film fest to black-footed penguins, here are five family-friendly things you'll want to check out as the days and the city cools off. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed events around Chicago.

Cirque du Soleil Toruk

As we head into the final stretch of summer, it's time to pack in everything on your bucket list. Spend a long day building sandcastles on Oak Street Beach, hit up the museums you've missed, enjoy dinner al fresco with a scenic view, and run away and join the circus. Wait...what?! Here are three family-friendly circus shows you won't want to miss this summer in Chicago, including a new Avatar-inspired act from Cirque du Soleil.

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and harness the wind of our fair windy city at the Kids & Kites Festival, an annual tradition established by our former mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This uniquely Chicago-style event is a colorful way to enjoy a spring day on the lakefront with your favorite kids. Here's our guide to the 18th annual Kids and Kites Festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 7 from 10am to 4pm at Montrose Harbor on Cricket Hill.

A Visit to the Busy Beaver Button Company and Museum

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

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!

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