Category: Living in Chicago

Mother's Day ideas for Chicago moms

Moms are incredibly resilient and inspiring. We play instrumental roles in shaping the lives of our children. The communities we live in rely on us and our dedication. Our households function under the faith that we’ll always be there to maintain order (or at least the perception of order!). It’s no question that we are the backbones of our families.

These are just some of the many reasons why there is a national holiday for us! Every generation of moms inspires the next, just like the...

Posted on May 09, 2019 at 9:18 AM by Keisha Mathew

3 reasons I'm happy my kids aren't growing up in the suburbs like I did

Parenting in Chicago is hard. Two recent events reminded me of this.

The first, running our two daughters out to the car parked in front of our house in what seemed like biblical rains — no attached garage to keep us dry. And the second, wading into the Chicago Public Schools application process. After reading about three different ways to apply to preschool, I realized this was the first step in a nebulous 18-year-plus journey.

These are surface examples of a subtler thought that h...

Posted on April 03, 2019 at 4:31 PM by Rebekah Pajak

Share the stories of these notable Chicago women with your kids

During my daughter’s bedtime reading, we’re exploring all the extraordinary women in history. Though we love learning about women all over the world, it began to pique my interest to see what kind of gems Chicago has produced. Fortunately, I found and rediscovered many reasons to be proud to be a Chicagoan. 

Here are just a few notable Chicago women who have broke ground and a few ceilings.

Throughout Chicago’s rich history, women have played pivotal roles in bringing forth real and...

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 3:20 PM by Keisha Mathew

What living in Chicago has taught me about the world

Photo: courtesy Keisha Mathew

As a parent and a long-time resident of Chicago, I often feel a great deal of conflict toward my changing city. Its natural and man-made beauty, as well as its diversity, are what makes many locals feel so proud to live here. Yet and still, there are things that cause feelings of shame and anguish to surface in many residents, myself included.

I like how Chicago blends modernization and world-class charm with our simple family values. It’s why so many t...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 9:27 AM by Keisha Mathew

Chicago date-night ideas that go beyond dinner and drinks

If you're like me, date nights look something like this: drinks, dinner, repeat. My husband and I rarely plan ahead, opting to snag an OpenTable reservation somewhere interesting mere hours before the sitter arrives. A few weeks ago this consisted of an incredibly lucky last-minute opening at Parachute, followed by drinks at Ludlow Liquors. If you wind up at Parachute, don't miss its famous Bing Bread—crispy on the outside and loaded with potato, bacon and scallion. Slather on the sour cr...

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 5:03 PM by Jill Morowitz

4 great Chicago neighborhoods for families

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There are several reasons for young families to move: a new job, more space, a desirable school district, to be near family and so on. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider not only the home, but also the neighborhood that is best suited for your family. And while every family has distinct desires and requirements, there are some pretty compelling reasons why young families gravitate towards these four Chicago neighborhoods. 

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Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Containing sibling squabbles when cabin fever sets in

All of us who live in Chicago pride ourselves on our ability to “hunker down” when it becomes unbearably cold out. What better way to deal with the Chicago Arctic than to sit around in PJs, drinking hot coffee and curled up with a good book, letting errands wait and leaving icy roads for someone else?

Then come kids and their exasperation with being stuck inside when the threat of hypothermia is all too real. Telling my 6-year-old to read a book and enjoy some downtime while the outsid...

Posted on January 08, 2018 at 2:19 PM by Katy Mickelson

3 things to do with your kids in Lincoln Park

Photo: Resting Chicago-style at the Chicago History Museum

There are lots of families who already call Lincoln Park home, but many more who haven’t yet explored all it has to offer! Summer is a great time to take advantage of the parks, the markets and the free activities hosted in Lincoln Park. In keeping with our theme of three things—one inside, one outside, one that involves food—these are the top things to do in Lincoln Park.

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Where can you see the first “L” car, learn a...

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM by Kathleen Dragan

Things to do in Chicago neighborhood Bronzeville with your kids

Photo: Enjoying the food at Pearl's Place in Bronzeville

Hello, neighborhood explorers! Last time, I left you with a template to use each time you go visit a new neighborhood: Try to plan three things: one inside, one outside and one that involves food.

Today, I’m excited to tell you about a neighborhood I love to visit: Bronzeville!

Located along the lake just south of the Loop, Bronzeville is a cultural mega-center for art, music, architecture, and a vivid celebration of the ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM by Kathleen Dragan

Explore Chicago neighborhoods with your kids this summer

Photo: The author's son having a close encounter with the art at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

We all get stuck in it: the “neighborhood rut.” We know our parks, our coffee shops, our favorite routes. Months can go by, even years, and we realize we haven’t left our zip code—short of the odd errand to Costco or inconveniently located birthday party.

Then one day we realize that we live in a city with 77 neighborhoods, and we’ve barely been to a quarter of them. I was exactly th...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:29 AM by Kathleen Dragan