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Trees help us breathe Take a deep breath. Can you feel your lungs fill with air?

Kids are so amazing

We can’t see air, but we can feel it—when we breathe, when the wind blows our hair around, when the air is steamy hot in the summer or so cold in winter that it makes our fingers tingle. Air is all around us, all the time. When we breathe, we use a particular part of the air, called oxygen. Fortunately for us, we have trees and other plants to add oxygen to the air. Oxygen is left over when plants combine air with sunlight and water to make their food. Plants don’t need all that oxygen, but we do. All the oxygen in the atmosphere, giving life to you and every other animal on Earth, comes from plants. When you stand beneath a big tree and look up at its many green leaves, you’re standing under a gigantic oxygen factory. In every single leaf, thousands of tiny cells are busy making energy and letting out oxygen. Each leaf only gives off a little oxygen, but there are millions of leaves at work on millions of trees all over the world, all the time. Together with all the other plants, they give off lots of oxygen for us to breathe. Thank you, trees!


When days slipped by like we all know they tend to do, our cover girl’s mom lost track of an upcoming class presentation based on an assigned letter of the alphabet. Zoey got the letter K. Since she and her mom didn’t get a chance to brainstorm words that began with K, Zoey came up with her presentation all on her own.

“I did it on kindness for kids,” she told her mom after the presentation. “I paired everyone up with someone else in the class, and don’t worry I kept all the boys apart so they wouldn’t be silly, and then they had to say kind things to each other, and then I got to give people rewards for being kind.” She literally blew her mom away. “The world is lucky to have you,” she told Zoey. Since Zoey’s mom, Karen Alpert, author and the voice behind the wildly popular blog, Baby Sideburns, shared the sweet exchange on Facebook, I couldn’t stop thinking about this wonderful little girl I’ve virtually watched grow up through social media. She marches to her own beat and thinks about other people’s feelings while she does it. We need more Zoeys—and a whole lot more kindness. This month, you’ll also meet another group of Chicago area kids who are pretty great. They shared their thoughts with Managing Editor Hillary Bird about the upcoming school year and the challenges kids like them face, from heavy homework loads to bullying and school violence. As I listened in on the roundtable, it was clear that this year’s back-to-school lists need much more than new backpacks, notebooks and No. 2 pencils. We need to find a way to help our kids thrive in a school environment and world very different than what we knew growing up. Encouraging kindness is a good place to start, even on days when our Facebook feed feels very negative. Happy August.

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Making the most of August com on Finding new favorites


You know and love the mainstays: The Field, Shedd, MSI and Adler, but this month we challenge you to venture out and explore some of Chicagoland’s lesser-known museums. Learn more about them at and be sure to share your adventures with us on Instagram using the #ShareChicagoParent hashtag.

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Give summer a proper send-off at Illinois’ largest waterpark, Raging Waves. Visit our Contests page to enter to win a family five-pack of tickets. This month, we’re also giving away a Fairhaven Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle (The perfect baby shower gift!), a Skip Hop Farmstand Grow + Play Activity Gym and a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood-themed Crayola set, so check back often!



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Kristen Niccole, 35 u Anchorr on Fo F x’s “Good Day Chicago”” u Spousee: Brroc o k Howard u Childreen: Colton, Co Co 10, and Enzo, 4 mo mont nths nt u Baby mus ustt-ha h ves: SNOO Smart Sleepeer, Bab a y K’tan

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or you, what is the difference between being a first-time and second-time mom? When I was pregnant, I found myself thinking, “I don’t remember any of this, going through this with my first son.” There were certain feelings that I had and the hormone differences and how I felt about the pregnancy itself. It was so different from my first one. So when [Enzo] got here, I knew immediately it was going to be different. … And even though they are both easy boys, they were both easy pregnancies, they’re different. … [I’m] just kind of throwing [it] all out the window and starting over. I think I expected it to be more of the same the second time around. It’s been different,

but it’s been fun to figure out when he presents me with a challenge, how we get over that little hump. … I love motherhood for the same reason that I love my job: You never know what you’re going to get into when you walk in and you start another day. … I love not knowing what’s coming next. And it’s the same with these two. Every day it’s a different sound they make or a different face or trying a different food. The chapters make it fun and the challenges make it rewarding. What was it like when you were criticized for how you dressed when you were pregnant? Everything had just been so positive. And in one week, I just got back-to-back-to-back nasty emails

“We should be supporting each other.” from people. … There’s always some bad that comes with the good, but I was just really thrown by how nasty these people could be and that they took time out of their day to write something so mean to me. … I’m not a confrontational person; I’m usually one that bites my tongue because in this business you’re going to get some people who just say dumb things. But

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that day it hit a nerve, and I decided to respond. … Looking back, I think it’s so silly that I ever even spent seconds worrying about those people. I think what bothered me most at the time was two out of the three that wrote stuff were women, and I thought, how could you sit back and judge another woman or say something like this? Don’t you have anything better to do with your time? We should be supporting each other. How was it going back to work? I was not a fun person to be around the night before I went back to work. … But it was like riding a bike. I got right back into it and everyone at Fox helped. … It’s family over there. … If I ever needed anything, there are a number of people I could go to in our Fox family that would be

willing to help out. That’s a really reassuring thing because our families aren’t up here. … [The viewers are] really curious about his milestones. “What’s he doing this week?” “Has he rolled over yet?” “Tell me about his weight.”… It’s been fun engaging our viewers in that conversation. What is your favorite thing to do with Enzo? I love walking around the city. I put so many miles on my shoes when I was pregnant. … The week that he was born, I logged 22 miles on my fitness app, just walking around the city. Those are my first few favorite memories with him, getting out and showing him this great city that he was born in. … There’s just so much [in Chicago] for [the boys] to explore and so much to enrich their minds. I love that. Elizabeth Diffin




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Get out there and give back


Sure, the summer may be winding down, but the ability to be a force for good is only ramping up. Looking for three easy ways to help out your city while taking in the arts? Give your kid a top hat, because she just became a philanthropist.

Dance for Life

Almost three decades in, Dance for Life Chicago has been fusing the act of doing something great with that of experiencing something great. Bringing together a diverse group of world-renowned dancers, the 27th annual performance blends dance traditions and styles for a show unlike any other. Preceded by a gala reception and buffet dinner, the benefit directly supports The Dancer’s Fund, which helps organizations and professional dancers facing a number of health issues, and was created as a direct response to the

HIV/AIDS impact on the dance community. Two highlights of the performance include the Joffrey Ballet’s Body of Your Dreams, a sly play on fitness and infomercial crazes, and Chicago Dance Crash returns this year with an energetic combination of breakdance, acrobatics and hip hop. Like a good dance battle? Yep, they’ve got that, too. Saturday, Aug. 18, Gala at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Performance at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago;

Legends and Lions Midnight Circus in the Parks For all Chicagoans who long to join the circus—and for all Chicagoans who live with folks who have that dream—Midnight Circus in the Parks is a citywide treasure. Not only do they bring top-notch circus arts to neighborhoods around town, but the ways in which they foster community service are endless. Most notably, they’ve raised more than $960,000 since 2007 for the Chicago Parks in which they perform and, with the goal of strong community involvement, performances are affordable, accessible and arms-open to opportunities for volunteering and activism. The all-new production for the 2018 season boasts an impressive 37 shows, nine parks, 18 world-class acrobats—and one rescued pit bull performer. Tour begins Aug. 25, various Chicago Parks;

You definitely won’t want to miss this parade: Immediately preceding the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s Legends and Lions (the kickoff to the Chicago Jazz Festival’s Millennium Park program) will be a second-line march of young Chicago musicians throughout the park, inviting any and all to join them. A full orchestra program will follow, featuring jazz legends and local youth performers. Need more reasons to love America’s “Third Stream” orchestra? Aside from bringing everything from standard jazz big band to classical symphony to the grateful masses, they also provide

music and band education through Jazz Alive for Chicago Public School students and offer all-ages community programs. (Isn’t that just music to your ears?) Aug. 29, Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago; August 2018 13

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Growing pains Two years ago, I noticed mom friends posting pictures of their kids standing next to them as their babies passed them up in height. My underachieving oldest son, Danny, was nowhere near my size. Of course, when your mom is 6 feet tall, this milestone can prove challenging. MARIANNE This summer, it took a slight tilt WALSH upwards to make me realize that the angle of our eye contact had officially shifted. I couldn’t wait to capture that much-anticipated photo, but Danny quickly shot it down. He’s at that age where photographic evidence of his existence is frantically shunned. My three boys are nearing the most confusing and hormone-driven stage of their lives. I’ve lectured them so many times on the underdeveloped male prefrontal cortex that they use it against me: “Sorry I forgot my shoes mom, but you know … PREFRONTAL CORTEX.” “I know I was supposed to call, but I got all prefrontal cortexy and you understand how that impacts decision making and impulse control.” Jerks. There are days I congratulate myself for having the foresight to keep my kids far away from social media. Yet I still feel the pain of other mothers as their kids are ostracized and humiliated because of it.

There are days I feel I’ve done everything wrong, perhaps being too strict and strident when a softer touch was needed. But as is true with everything in life, there is no perfect path. There is no perfect kid. And there is definitely no perfect mother. I look at my very tall baby boy and see such of mix of his father and myself. He’s inherited both of his parents’ famed stubbornness but has more patience than either of us combined. And the kindness he carries with him every day? That’s 100 percent him. The years ahead will be telling. I pray every night that he makes good decisions, aligns himself with good kids and works to be the best version of himself possible. I once tended to Danny 24 hours a day. Now my main role is yelling at him to put down Fortnite. So much of this is out of my hands. So I am forced to trust in the hands above and the ones that still hug me good night. And for that, I am so grateful.

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My daughter Viva has always spoken of what she refers to as “the grades” in hushed tones. I’m talking about first grade and up. To pre-K, J-K and kindergarten students, “the grades” are the big time—the major leagues. It’s where reading is expected, math gets real and you don’t keep a change of clothes in a gallon Ziploc “just in case.”

For Viva, “the grades” mean confirmation of Big Kid status. It means taking a seat at the table where math goes to hundreds and thousands place, where carpet squares are eschewed and where your worth will be gloriously established or crushingly diminished by lettered grading instead of colorful clips. As for me, I’m dreading “the grades.” It was hard enough watching my greatest joy toddle from our safe nursery into the pre-K world of circle time and dramatic play and eventually into kindergarten’s reading and writing and too-short lunches (…and snowsuits on? It’s inhumane.) But to now watch her stride confidently into the gaping maw of the industrialized education’s meat grinder, knowing she’ll squirt out the other end a bitter, damaged teenager? Can this summer please last forever? I know, I know. Preschool and kindergarten are also designed to break your carefree child on the wheel of civilization, so that they can participate in modern society. Kids can’t go around illiterate and throwing tantrums forever—they might end up as President! But “the grades”? That’s just too much civilization. “The grades” are where you


learn to unquestioningly obey authority, to resent your peers, to seek external validation in all things… and I’m not sure if there’s still mandatory square dancing, but that sucks, too. I can’t imagine Viva will actually like “the grades” once she’s entered them and the door slams shut behind her on the truly halcyon period of childhood. Behind her are “bring your stuffy to school” days, ahead of her is standardized testing. Will she resent us when she realizes we’ve entered her into the same rat race the rest of us run? Of course she will. She should. I guess she’s got a little buffer time, though. “The grades” don’t really get dismal until Jr. High, after which time resentment is right there on the school supply list. Maybe I’d better just enjoy these first five grades. Viva First Grade. Viva Viva. Viva Daddy.

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Easy momstyle swaps The easy breezy trends that held us captive throughout our 20s, our youth giving permission to pick form over function, now create quite the minefield as we have transitioned to parenthood. Low rise jeans CHERYL LEAHY were replaced by leggings for ease of tummy time encouragement, stilettos were swapped for sneakers for running after an errant toddler. Still, you can “mom swap” your wardrobe without watering down your style. Remember, however you choose to dress, make sure it represents your personal style and comfort while putting a smile on your face!

Bras I guarantee, your boobs aren’t the same as they were pre-baby and your bra size and style most likely needs a change. Remember those racy lacy numbers you used to wear that provided zero support but looked sooo sexy? You need a mom swap. First, get fitted at a proper lingerie shop such as Chantilly Lace in Wilmette (ask for Bella). Next, find a style that still has sex appeal but also shapes and supports (bring your favorite T-shirt as a test.)

Shoes Are you as big of fan of those $5 Old Navy flip flops as I am? Each summer I buy multiple pairs and have noticed as the years flip by that they aren’t doing my back or knees any favors. Same with spindly stilettos— after an hour I am crying like a kid whose ice cream cone did a nose dive on the sidewalk. I finally invested in a pair of sandals from the *ahem* comfort

Denim Criss-cross applesauce is the ultimate downfall of all denim. When you join your little for circle time at that mommy and me class, you see more cracks than a Midwest road in the spring. Are you still wearing the same denim style that you did when you were hitting the bars in Wrigleyville post-game? Time to reconsider. Thankfully, there are so many mid-tohigh rise styles that flatter your figure instead of merely camouflaging the love handles many of us gained from housing humans. The mom swap? High-rise denim that fits in the correct places, with

section, and I tossed those $5 pieces of plastic in the trash. Yes, they cost significantly more, but I promise they will last more than one season. My favorite brand is Vionic; they make a wide range of sandals, wedges, heels, boots and sneakers that are actually designed by a podiatrist and still look stylish. Plus, they offer you 30 days to wear their shoes and love them, or receive a full refund.

the right amount of stretch and recovery. The button should sit at or up to 2 inches above your belly button. Since many of us aren’t an off-the-rack perfect size, alterations can help with fit. ZipFit Denim, a Chicago company, is a one-stop fix: they take your measurements, search through thousands of options across top brands and find the few that fit your body best, then provide free alterations. I also love NYDJ denim, which caters to a diverse variety of ages, sizes and shapes. All styles have a crisscross panel inside that flattens and flatters.;

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A sunny escape Sarasota is right for a family vacation STORY AND PHOTOS BY JACKIE MCGOEY


long Florida’s glistening gulf coast, about two and a half hours southwest of Orlando, are the sandy shores of Sarasota. The once-sleepy city has long been a popular destination for snowbirds, but a recent influx of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, combined with its rich history, has put it on the radar of Chicagoland families looking for a sunny escape.

For beach bums Close your eyes and picture this: colorful lifeguard stands dotting stretches of white quartz sand that is cool to the touch, powder-fine and the perfect material for killer sandcastles; the sun reflecting off turquoise Gulf Coast waters as far as the eye can see, with gentle waves breaking at the shore line; your family, bathing suit-clad and smiling ear-to-ear. As dream-like as that seems, it’s reality at Siesta Beach, Sarasota County’s

most famous beach. Plan to spend an entire day (at least) soakaking up the Vitamin min D there. There’s ample a l ffree parking, ki new playground and picnic area, and an on-site elevated concession stand for when tummies start growling. When you’re ready to flip your beach day switch from “relax” to “adventure,” hit up Venice Beach, the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.” Buried in the sand are actual shark teeth—prehistoric

megalodon, to be exact! Rent a sand shovel bring The h l sifter if or b i your own. Th jury is still out on whether the teeth are planted there or not, but once you hear that first excited squeal of “I found one!” it won’t even matter. If you’re still hunting when lunchtime rolls around, Sharkey’s on the Pier is right on the beach and a great place to grab some grub. Seafood is (obviously)

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their specialty. Try the Baja tacos with blackened swordfish and mango salsa!

For conservationists Animal lovers will find Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium to be a great escape from the heat of the day. Get up close and personal with wildlife local to Florida’s Gulf Coast: gators, sharks, otters, manatees and more—including curious and adorable giant sea turtles!—and learn about the many ways the museum is furthering conservation efforts. You can even view the real working laboratories of the museum’s scientists. Some must-see exhibits include the Exploration Gallery, home to Molly, a 27-foot-long preserved giant squid; the ‘Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas’ exhibit; and the eye-opening ‘Sea Debris: Awareness through Art,’ which reveals the amount of waste dumped into our oceans every

year. Good to know before you go: Shedd Aquarium members receive free general admission to Mote, thanks to the museum reciprocal program.

For shopaholics When you’re looking to scratch your shopping itch, St. Armands Circle is the answer. The picturesque shopping district—sometimes referred to as the Rodeo Drive of Sarasota—is lined d with palm trees and just a few short blocks from Lido Beach. More than 130 0 retailers and eateries occupy upy the storefronts. Get outfitted ted in Lilly Pulitzer, Chico’s and nd Tommy Bahama, or dine al fresco at Cha Cha Coconuts or Shore. Many of the stores and boutiques feature high-end

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treats are always worth the splurge (and calories).

For tourists The must-see tourist spot in Sarasota is, by far, The Ringling Circus Museum. John Ringling, the “King of the Circus,” called Sarasota home

and the museum is a shrine to more than 100 years of colorful circus history. Test your balance on a tightrope, take a closer look at the ornate costumes worn by performers and squeeze into an impossibly tiny clown car. Fans of Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle at the Museum

of Science and Industry? The 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model is another similar sight to behold, featuring tiny performers, animals and patrons in scenes of circus life in the 1920s. Ringling’s expansive waterfront mansion, Ca’ d’Zan, is also open for tours.

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etween bullying and school violence, metal detectors and school uniforms—and then there’s math homework, kids from Chicago and its suburbs have a lot on their minds as school gets set to start. They worry about hate. They worry about standing up for their friends. And they worry about being the third wheel when their best friend gets a boyfriend in middle school. They know there will always be homework to finish, reading logs to fill out and sports practices to attend. They have learned how to regulate that while trying to walk the maze of adolescence. Kids from around Chicagoland met each other and talked to Chicago Parent about what they’re excited about for the school year and what they are already worried about. They bonded over Fortnite and pizza, and at the end, there

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and my parents email the teacher.” Ashland “Either I get really heated and ask if I can leave the room, or I ignore them.” Jaeden “Ignore the living crud out of them.” Kylie “I’m kind of weird, so sometimes people will be like, ‘you’re weird,’ so I say ‘thank you, you are, too.’ We’re all weird, so they complimented me, so I’m complimenting you. We’re all weird, everyone is weird, it’s cool.” Cora “My mom says, ‘just say that is not nice, stop please.’” Galilea “One of the reasons bullying was able to grow at our school was that the administration didn’t do much about it. So, for example, a lot of kids were making jokes about extremely sensitive topics like rape and autism and stuff. I sent an email to the vice principal and she told them to stop, but they did not.” Keegan

When you see things on TV about violence in other schools, what do you think about? “It’s terrifying that it’s an issue we need to face.” Keegan “I watched this series on Netflix called

Ashland, Macy, Sydney and Cora share a laugh. ‘13 Reasons Why.’ This girl killed herself because of people bullying her. The whole year was just psycho, people started getting really, really violent, it was happening all year. I would have transferred to a different school because it’s really bad for kids to experience that.” Janaya “It makes me want to move to a different country.” Ashland “I kind of want to move, because in our

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look like you.” Ashland “It’s hard because a lot of people don’t.” Jaeden “It’s kind of hard because the so-called cool kids try to run the school.” Eswin “Student activism is iffy. I have done protests and stuff, but it was not connected to school. There’s not much student activism, really. There hasn’t been an activism voice, so when the walkouts happened (in April), it was the first time they had to deal with it, so they locked the doors.” Keegan “It’s hard because I’m not popular, but I’m also not someone who gets bullied all the time. People still say things, and it’s harder to (get involved) because I’m not popular and you don’t want to say something that’s going to get you targeted.” Sydney

Jaeden talks about bullying.

Was it hard to go back to school after the Parkland shooting? “The kids that shoot up the school are the kids who had been bullied.” Janaya “Or the kids who have access to guns, so they shouldn’t have access to those guns.” Cora “If I were in charge, I would make weapon access only available to the military … and

police. The military can have guns, but no random person can have guns.” Ashland

When you have bullying or violence in schools, is it hard or easy to become active in your school?

What should parents know about going to school every day? “That some kids are bad and some kids are good and which one do you trust?” Payton “I wish my parents knew that some kids are always going to be mean to other people, there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t go telling the teacher every time

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because they aren’t going to change.” Cora “That there are a lot of bad kids who say bad words.” Jaeden “That lunch is sometimes terrible.” Eswin “There are bullies that are mean.” Galilea “That sometimes kids are going to act awesome in front of teachers and then once your back is turned, they change.” Sydney “That some people are two-faced, they’re your friend, then when you’re away they talk about you.” Macy “Parents think going to school is easy, and that having a job is harder. Going to school is hard and we should get paid to go to school.” Janaya

What do you wish teachers knew about being in school?

you have to keep talking to them, because it’s going to keep happening.” Sydney “How kids sometimes act when their back is turned.” Payton “There are a lot of kids who treat kids differently when they’re alone than how they treat them when an adult is near them.” Macy “Never turn your back on a classroom full of middle schoolers. Also, never look away from a class of middle schoolers and never

“How kids are one way to adults and another way to kids. Also, how hard it is to get up at 6 in the morning, get all your stuff ready and get to school and be ready to learn at 8:15.” Ashland “If you talk to a student about bullying, it doesn’t mean it’s going to stop happening. Just because they’ve been talked to by a teacher, you have to keep an eye out and

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Galilea and Eswin ponder the upcoming school year’s challenges. your hand and the teacher picks a favorite and then comes back and says, ‘I would like to see more hands come up.’” Jaeden “We’re teenagers, we’re not going to be able to get together and sing happy songs together. We are going to have disagreements, and it’s going to be ugly.” Keegan

What are you looking forward to the most this school year? “I’m looking forward to the 3D printer and being able to print things up and making weird, cool designs.” Cora “I’m looking forward to reading, social studies and my Mindcraft Club that one of my teachers is asking me to teach.” Ashland “It’ll be my first year in middle school, so I’m looking forward to switching classes. I’ve been with the same class since second grade, so I’m looking forward to getting to know kids in the other classes. And math.” Macy “Recess.” Payton “Lunch, math and recess.” Jaeden “Reading.” Janaya “A really good school. And I’m looking forward to spending time with my cousin, who is coming into the school.” Galilea “Reading, because I love to read. This is my last year before high school, so I’m looking forward to that.” Sydney

What are you not looking forward to this year? “Social studies.” Payton

Back-toschool discussion participants Janaya Colbert, 11, Chicago Jaeden Colbert, 10, Chicago Ashland Connelly, 9, LaGrange Park Eswin Barrios, 12, Bloomingdale Galilea Gonzalez, 8, Des Plaines Payton Merritt, 8, Palos Heights Kylie Gray, 12, Maywood Cora Haworth, 14, Chicago Sydney Haworth, 13, Chicago Macy Haworth, 11, Chicago Keegan Russell, 13, Chicago

“Science.” Ashland “We only get three minutes between passing periods, so that’s going to have to be quick. And I don’t like reading.” Macy “Science. It might be better this year, because last year my teacher was a really tough grader. Also for me, math is really, really boring.” Sydney “I’m not looking forward to having to bring my own school lunch and having to pay for my lunch.” Cora “Social studies, math, science and bullies.” Galilea “Homework.” Eswin “Science.” Janaya “Reading; it’s just so boring.” Jaeden

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ack to school means the dreaded return of packing lunches. It’s not a complicated task, yet it’s not something anyone looks forward to doing every single day of the school year. So be ready this year with easy ideas to make lunches simple yet inspired.

The key to successful lunches often starts with the actual lunchbox or containers used. Find what works for your family, such as reusable PackIt lunch bags that can be stored in the freezer, Rubbermaid containers with different sized containers and attachable ice packs, or Bento boxes with individual compartments. To cut down on waste, use reusable silverware and reusable napkins.

Part of the reason lunches can be so annoying to make is that they are just one more thing to do in the morning before getting out the door. Save your sanity and make lunches ahead of time. The night before, pack up the lunch and put into the fridge to grab in the morning. Or even do it immediately after school when your kids unpack their backpacks. Another time saver is making sandwiches for the entire week on Sunday night, then throwing them into the freezer and grabbing one each morning.


Designate a lunch “cupboard” Create a space in your pantry or a cabinet to organize and house all your lunchbox necessities. Keep all the containers, baggies and reusable items together. Then add all non-perishable snack options such as applesauce, chips, Goldfish, fruit leathers, etc. This is also a great way to encourage your kids to help pack their own lunches with their favorite items.

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Beyond PB&J Some kids love the exact same lunch each day, but many any are looking to spice things up. Think beyond that traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some of these alternatives: Ham and cheese croissant Turkey wrap Chicken quesadillas Tacos Waffle with peanut butter or applesauce Lettuce wraps Bagel sandwiches Cubed chicken/ham/cheese kebabs

Keep it cool Nobody wants a warm lunch or soggy sandwich, so use other items to help keep the lunch cool. Freeze yogurts, grapes or drinks and then pop into the lunch the morning of.

Warm it up As the weather turns, warm and hearty food can keep your kiddos going through the long school afternoon. Invest in a nice thermos with a wide opening for hot lunches. Soups, stews, mac & cheese, pasta and even leftovers are easily warmed in the morning and then popped into a thermos for a warm lunch.

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Don’t overthink it When it comes down to it, the goal of lunches is to get your kids to eat and have energy for the day. So pack food you know they kids will eat, not what you wish they would eat. Now is not the time to have them try sushi rolls or Brussels sprouts. So if lunch is the same each day, so be it! Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor and mom of three.

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Preschool prep for parents What you need to know for the new school year



hether this year’s preschool prep is for your first kid, last kid or somewhere in between, there are a few insider tips that every parent should know. As a preschool substitute, I have a few tips for any parent looking for a smooth transition into ABC land.


Find out when the first day of school is. Sounds easy enough, right? Coming off a summer schedule can throw even the most organized parent for a loop, especially in Chicago and suburbs when everyone starts school on a different date. Get a large family calendar and put it in a heavy traffic


Kids get super excited about lunch time. To get ready for the upcoming school year, make sure you have not just one but several lunchboxes. It’s one less thing you have to stress about on school mornings when you realize your only lunchbox is still in the dishwasher. I get to see quite a few lunchboxes while subbing at my daughter’s preschool so

area where everyone can see it. Circle the date in a bold marker, put stickers all around it and help get your child excited about what’s to come. Extra tip: Buy your little one her own calendar and help her hang it in her room. This will help her countdown the days until she starts preschool. I can tell you that Bento-style is still the way to go. This is the perfect way to include lots of little bites of their favorite foods to create one complete meal. My favorite? Bentology. It doesn’t warp in the dishwasher like other brands seem to do.

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Label everything. Stuff can easily go missing i i when h you have a classroom of little kids because those mutant turtles backpacks and scissors all seem to look alike. If you don’t want to keep replacing the same items over and over, slap a label

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Get the right nap mat. Make sure your child has a comfortable and portable nap mat to bring to school. I also suggest buying a travel pillow, which is smaller than the typical pillow. Grab some fabric that represents your child’s interests and use fabric glue to make a cover for the travel pillow. I did this with my 4-year-old and it was a hit with her friends.


Visit the building and create a routine. A couple of weeks before preschool starts, visit the school playground or the building. Drive or walk to preschool a few times before class starts, too. Plan to leave yourself time to arrive at school early and be on time to pick up your child. By getting to school with time to spare, your child will have a few extra minutes of quiet in the classroom or hallways before the chaos of the day ensues.


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How to challenge your child at home when school’s too easy BY NATALIE ROMPELLA


hile struggling with homework is an all-too-real frustration for some kids, making thoughts about back to school a nightmare, others struggle with just the opposite: They aren’t challenged in class and homework is a repeat of what they already know. What’s a parent to do? Of course, there are supplemental workbooks available. However, the goal should not be to create a larger academic gap in school; it should be to get your child thinking in new ways, to discover a new passion and to question the world around him. There are so many fun ways to foster a love of learning while challenging your child at home through authentic opportunities. Here are just a few to get you started on enjoying the journey together.

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Most libraries offer classes on a variety of topics, such as chess, learning about various cultures or a book discussion group. These are often places to find like-minded kids and adults who share similar interests.

So many higher-thinking skills are addressed through board games. For instance, in Monopoly, you learn how to make change and manage money. Clue is a great way to learn deductive reasoning skills. And Settlers of Catan allows for practice with probability. If an aspect of the game is too difficult, alter it. (I made a picture guide for Clue so my 5-year-old was able to play.)

Start journaling Any writing is beneficial. Have your child choose a blank journal to write whatever he wants, such as personal thoughts, comics or poetry. Allow time and opportunity to journal, such as bringing it on a nature walk or allowing him to stay up later to write in it.

Get reading Even good readers don’t necessarily want to be constantly challenged. Try to balance between fun, easy reads that your child picks

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Books with a Chicago or big city tie-in The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marian Malone: The story takes place in the miniature Thorne Rooms in the Art Institute of Chicago. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet: Set in Hyde Park, this book is about a Vermeer painting stolen from the Art Institute of Chicago. It includes puzzles and codes. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg: Although this book doesn’t take place in Chicago, it does take place in an art museum. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright: First published in 1941, this is a fun read as the kids go on various

out and more meaty texts that you select. As a reward for a tough read, go somewhere related to the book, if possible. See my book suggestions below. For that meatier book, read it together. Speak with a librarian for suggestions of higher-level books that are age appropriate. (Although your second-grader is reading on a sixth-grade level, the content of middle-grade books may not be appropriate, too scary or irrelevant to a younger child.)

adventures in New York City. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck: This book takes place in an Illinois farm town in the late 1920s. Fair Weather by Richard Peck: A great historical fiction novel about the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Divergent by Veronica Roth: This dystopian young adult novel is set in a futuristic Chicago. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park: This book takes place in 12th century Korea and is about a 13-year-old learning how to make pottery. A trip to The Art Institute of Chicago would be a great way to view ceramics from 12th century Korea.

Stop to discuss the book. In addition to comprehension questions (What was the name of the spy?), ask higher-level thinking questions. For instance, if reading The Three Bears, ask question such as: How do you think the bears felt when they discovered Goldilocks? What could the bears have done when they discovered her? What would you have done? Have your child come up with questions for you to answer as well.

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Help nature

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Write fan fiction

Look into taking part in a citizen science project. These allow you to participate in scientific data collection. Some include Project Squirrel, Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network and Illinois River Watch.

If you’re not an expert, places such as JoAnn Fabrics offers classes for kids to learn basic sewing skills. Otherwise, maybe there’s a neighbor who would love to help teach your child the basics.

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If your child loves a particular book or book series, have him write his own story using those characters. Search for more fan fiction online (be sure to monitor/preview for appropriateness). Read together and discuss what he thought of it.

Baking is a yummy way to challenge kids of all ages. Skills that can be addressed include measuring, fractions, chemistry and scientific experimentation. Figure out what each ingredient does in a cookie. What happens if you alter one of those ingredients? Baking can be altered for various aged children to meet different needs. Supervision may be required.

Is your child inquisitive and asks “I wonder” questions a lot? Anything you can try out at home? Help your child set up an experiment with items around the house: What type of cheese melts the fastest? Which flavor of juice takes the longest to freeze? There are many easy experiments that can be done with seeds and plants.

Get dirty in the garden Like baking, you can simplify this for younger kids and have an older or more experienced child learn about things such as soil texture and pH.

Do community service Consider finding a way to help others. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Read books to residents at a nursing home. Collect books for a book drive. Round up toys to donate. There are a variety of organizations that allow children to participate.

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ack to school means back to class websites, online grade books, devices required or issued by school and assignments to be completed on them. Managing kids and their technology can sometimes seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips for the coming school year. Teach kids be mindful about their tech usage

“Technology is not intrinsically bad; it’s how we use it that matters,� says Nicole Dreiske, executive director of the International Children’s Media Center and author of The Upside of Digital Devices: How to Make Your Child More Screen Smart, Literate and Emotionally Intelligent. Back to school is a great time to talk about ways technology can be both fun

and beneficial in and out of the classroom, as well as the potential downsides. Encourage kids to pay attention to how using tech for different purposes makes them feel, both emotionally and physically. For example, do they feel differently when playing an academic-related game for school as opposed to Fortnite. Dreiske notes that when parents help kids process their feelings and thoughts about

technology, children start to build self-awareness. “If you want kids to turn devices off, they have to know how they are being affected. Give them the tools to know how they are being impacted and you will get results,� she says.

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Have a family tech agreement

“A family technology agreement is a staple of the 21st century,” stresses Dreiske, who notes that technology is simply pervasive. She says a broad agreement that imparts your values takes the pressure off parents because “you cannot be holding the line on six kinds of media experiences every day. It’s impossible and exhausting to parents.” And no, your child isn’t too young for an agreement. “If you’re handing a child a screen, there has to be an agreement first,” Dreiske says. As kids get older that agreement can evolve to cover how kids relate to their peers in any setting, be it at school or via an online game. Carrie Conover, founder of the podcast “educators 2 educators” and mom of two in Wheaton, says technology can be a great way to encourage collaboration and creativity, and those are more likely to flourish via technology when kids are clear on the behavior expectations of parents and teachers.


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Talk with kids about technology just like you would read them a story Dreiske urges parents to have an ongoing technology conversation with their kids. That conversation should be short, sweet and frequent. She recommends parents use the same voice they use to read bedtime stories—full of enthusiasm, interest and curiosity. No judgment. “Just do it 10 minutes three times a week,” she suggests. The key is to make your child your sole focus for that time. “Kids love having their parent’s full attention and being truly heard,” Dreiske says. An easy way to start is by picking one game or app your child loves and saying, “It seems like you are enjoying this, let’s talk about it.”





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BY GILLIAN MARCHENKO ack-to-school time is a charged part of the year filled with excitement, busyness and anxiety. Kids pick out first day of school outfits. Parents buy classroom supplies and root around the pantry to see if last year’s lunch box will work again or can be repurposed for the next child in line. Earlier bedtimes resume, classroom lists are posted, and children fall asleep dreaming of a playground rendezvous with friends.

Most families relish the preparation. But for families affected by special needs, the new school year has added challenges and concerns. How will my child interact with her new teacher? What can I do to ease him into a new routine? Will she be able to keep up with the curriculum? Is his placement the best? Where did I put her most recent IEP? Here are 10 ways to help your child with special needs start the new school year on a positive note:


Resume an earlier bedtime routine. Summertime generally means later nights and sleeping in. Children with special needs may need a little more time to get used to a new routine. Ease your child back into an earlier bedtime at least a week before school starts. Give their little bodies the opportunity to adjust to a new sleep pattern before adding revved-up nerves a for the big day. Try to keep their nightly routine the same.


Visit beforehand. Call the school and schedule an opportunity for your child to see his new classroom and meet his teacher. While you are there, make sure you tour the cafeteria, playground and other rooms like music or gym. The more your child sees, the less anxiety he will have on the first day of school.


Create a social story about going back to school. Social stories help children learn social norms and transition into new environments with less trepidation and anxiety. Most stories are printed out books with pictures and words. Google ‘social stories for kids with special needs’ to find premade books or look for directions on how to customize your own. Take pictures of the school, the teacher and the classroom, and make a story geared specifically to your child. Read it every day leading up to the first day of school.


Remind him of what he enjoys about school. This is something you can do throughout summer, too. Focus on positive things. Talk about school activities he enjoyed, what classes he liked, who he sat with at lunch. Keeping school on his radar will give him a point of reference when you talk about returning.


Review expectations of school behavior and set up a reward system. Kids do well with boundaries. Be sure to review expected behavior at school. Talk about things like personal space, following directions and taking turns with other kids. It might help to set up a reward system at home that can transition to the classroom. For example: ‘If I listen well and get my daily sticker, Mom will watch a special show with me Friday night.’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 44 August 2018 43

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Provide information to the teacher. Give an ‘all about me’ handout not only to your child’s teacher, but also to the principal and any other teachers or therapists who will interact with her. Include likes/dislikes, allergies, favorite subjects and activities, behavior strategies, common challenges, information about your family (siblings, pets), food preferences, fears, and anything else you can think of that will help staff know, appreciate and help your child succeed.


Locate your child’s most recent IEP. Oh, the blessed IEP. Review it and make new copies to hand out to teachers on the first day of school. Chances are they already have it, but it never hurts to provide another copy with a note requesting frequent review to ensure that goals are being sought after and met throughout the school year.


Figure out an appropriate method of communication with the teacher. Communication is your job. Teachers want to keep up with parents, but the number of kids they need to manage compared to you is exponentially more. Decide a communication method that works best for you. A journal passed back and forth in the backpack? Email? Monthly face-to-face meetings? It is up to you to initiate healthy and reoccurring communication. Have a back-up option in case your preferred method doesn’t pan out once school starts.


Do a presentation about your child’s disability in the classroom. Knowledge is power. Within the first week or two of school, visit your child’s class to talk about special needs. Find a book to read on the topic and prepare a quick object lesson appropriate to the grade. For younger kids, an example is as simple as “Who here has shoes?” (Twenty-nine hands shoot up in the air.) “What color are your shoes?” (Twenty-nine voices sing out red, black, yellow, pink.) “Just like we all wear shoes that are a little different from each other, we all are people who are a little different from each other, too.” Print out a take-home sheet for the kids to talk about with their families around the dinner table.


Do whatever you can to set your child up for success. You are your child’s biggest advocate, supporter, and yes, educator. Break down suggested tasks into doable chunks. Take deep breaths. And convey excitement and support to your child as the school year approaches.




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hile there are tons of hiking trails to get (proverbially) lost in, don’t overlook the other fun way to unplug and explore the ins and outs of Chicagoland—by kayak. A day or even just a few hours—out on the water will guarantee that your kids will put their phones and iPads down (I mean, they could get wet!) so you can spend some quality time together.

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Pack the essentials. Water, sunscreen, snacks and a firstaid kit are MUST haves, no matter how long or short your kayak adventure is. It is fun for kids to have a sketch book along for the ride so that they can draw and write about their aquatic journey.


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“Parenthood is figuring out what you are good at and putting that on repeat.”

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Don’t worry. Be happy? Being a happier parent may be easier than you think


BY SHANNAN YOUNGER arenting is far from easy despite how perfect those photos in your social media feed appear to be. Knowing that, mom KJ Dell’Antonia made it her mission to determine how parents can be happier and have genuine smiles in those images. (No word yet on how to keep little ones from squinting while yelling “cheese!”) Dell’Antonia collected her findings and mixed in advice gleaned from her own parenting struggles in her new book, How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute, out this month. “There is collective pressure from society to do a lot, to overparent and to be very, very concerned about outcomes. Those don’t lead to happiness,”

Dell’Antonia says. When gathering tips from parents around the country, Dell’Antonia anticipated finding differences based on geography or economic

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Having a positive mindset makes a huge difference. So does recognizing what we’ve got. “We don’t always know how happy we are. Many of us feel like things could be going better, and parenting could feel better,” she says. So, she suggests, focusing on all the good things we’ve got in our lives as opposed to focusing on being “happier.” “While it’s important to recognize that parenting is not all unicorns and rainbows, it’s also very important to spot the unicorns when we see them,” Dell’Antonia says. CONTINUED ON PAGE 52 August 2018 51

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“Stop comparing yourself, your child, your family and your life to others. I can’t even begin to explain how much freedom came when I stopped trying to keep up with everyone I knew. I’m so much happier as a parent now that I keep my focus on my own family.”

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Mantras matter In the book, Dell’Antonia shares parenting mantras that have proven helpful across a wide variety of situations she’s encountered with her four children. “Decide what to do and then do it.” It is a reminder to parents that the vast majority of decisions they face as a parent are not lifealtering. She says it applies well to 3-year-olds, teens and life in general. Another favorite? “You don’t have to go in there,” she says, meaning that parents don’t always have to share their kids’ moods and that it’s possible to sympathize without getting sucked in. Of course, every parent should remember this mantra, “You don’t have to get it right every time.”


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For the aspiring artist The Art Institute of Chicago: This place has been voted the No. 1 museum in the world (repeatedly) by TripAdvisor, and with good reason. The collection of fine art alone—including an unparalleled number of rare European beauties from the masters—is a must-see, and the Thorne Miniature Rooms will have your little ones crafting their space of their dreams in no time. But the real draw for the non-walking set? Those gallery stroller tours, which are absolute perfection for exposing your offspring to the most famous art in the world—in a crowd who totally gets it if your toddler has a meltdown by the Monet. 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago;

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For the future foodie Costco: You want to give your kiddo the world, right? What better place to try a little bit of (literally) everything without any fear of wallet pain? Not only is every last type of cuisine preference and dietary restriction accounted for (on gigantic pallets, no less!), but those sample carts are a public service and a downright foodie hero. Pad Thai? Fried tofu? They’re not going to say no to anything in one of those tiny paper cups. (Pro tip: Club members are under zero obligation to buy anything they’ve tasted, but this is a great opportunity to model extreme graciousness to the folks providing Second Breakfast/First Lunch to your kiddos. Might even warrant multiple samples!) Various locations around Chicagoland

For the soon-to-be songbird Old Town School of Folk Music: Sometimes you’ve just got to stick with the classics and be a Wiggleworm. It’s a rite of passage shared by so many Chicagoans—and their parents, who still can’t get ‘Five Little Monkeys’ out of their heads. With classes for newborns up to preschool, there’s a singing,

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Merit School of Music: This West Loop mainstay offers classes for the very young, encouraging their creativity and self-expression, all the while teaching them the fundamentals of musical appreciation. (‘Movers and Groovers’ or ‘Ukelele and You’, anyone?) Then, once they rock it—which they will—they’re encouraged to continue on with the Instrumental Music program before eventually auditioning to enroll in the lauded Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory (yes, you read that right), for professional training in jazz combos, guitar, chamber music and everything in between. Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago; merit

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Franks and Beans Chicago L Train Map Bandana Drool Bib There will be a period of time in your baby’s life when it will feel like they are living in bibs (Hello, teething!). This adorable, colorful striped number has the L train lines embroidered on it, so baby can stay dry while reppin’ the Chi. $9,

Psychobaby Personalized Chicago Hoodie Psychobaby is the place to go for Chicagothemed baby gear (they even provided the onsies for our inaugural Hey Baby Chicago cover shoot), and these cozy hoodies top our favorites list. They feature a seriously cool graphic of the Chicago skyline and flag, and can even be personalized with baby’s name. Now, if only they made them in adult sizes. $40,

Monica & Andy Chicago dog top knot cap Hot dog! A Chicago hot dog, that is. From hometown design team, Monica and Andy, comes this adorable kitschy knit hat. Part of the ‘Chicago Style’ collection, the print also comes on bodysuits, shortalls and oxford shirts, so baby can wear her dog order proudly: Mustard, relish and definitely no ketchup. $13, CONTINUED ON PAGE 60 August 2018 59

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Smiling Tree’s US State Teether Hand crafted from sustainably sourced maple wood and free of oils and finishes, this attractive teether will no doubt be baby’s favorite way to soothe sore gums.

It’s carved into the shape of Illinois and can be personalized with a name or phrases, such as “Locally grown” or “Love from IL.” $14,

Honest Company Chicago Cubs disposable diapers Go, Cubs, Go! Is there anything cuter than a baby bum clad in the logo and colors of Chicago’s most recent championshipwinning team? This print is so cute, Sox fans may even be tempted to buy it. If you love it, be sure to stock up; Honest Company rotates through prints frequently. $13.95 per pack,

C Is for Chicago (Alphabet Places) Board book Teach baby his ABCs, Chicagostyle. This fun board book—with beautiful illustrations—is a great intro to all of the things that make Chicago great, from The Art Institute and blues music, to Lincoln Park Zoo and Wrigley Field. As baby grows, this is one nighttime story he will turn to time and time again. $9.95,

Chicago Kids Club and Preschool is a premiere enrichment center and preschool that brings learning to life through innovative 2s and 3s preschool progams as well as classes, camps, birthday parties, and special events for children 8-weeks - 12 years!

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A baby’s guide to the CTA

BY DAPHNE WOOD Ghostwritten by mom Taylor Wood


h, Chicago. The City of Broad (Mom’s, usually) Shoulders. The Second (to none) City. Being a baby here is pretty great, if I do babble so myself. There’s the fun activities in every possible weather, the friendly people, and, of course, best of all, the trains. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life like me or just visiting for the first time, I simply must recommend traveling courtesy of the CTA. Not sure where to go when you’ve got a baby in tow? I’ve got you covered. And, best yet, the L is a perfect introduction to helping us learn our colors.

Purple Line Don’t tell my Chicago friends I said this, but sometimes it’s nice to escape the city for a little bit, and the Purple Line is my favorite way out. I love going to Gather, a beautiful indoor play space with plenty of activities and storytimes for babies. Then, when we all need to recharge, Mom and Dad stroller me over to Smylie Brothers Brewing Company where I can munch on some delicious kid-friendly barbecue and they can drink their “grownup juice.” Natalie Gutierrez, 9 months, of Chicago Photo by Thomas Kubik

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Dalphne Wood with big brother Conner and their dad, Chris.

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Brown Line The Brown Line runs through the heart of the north side of the city. Dad likes to call it the “Brownton Abbey Line” because all the stops are so pleasant. Mom and I love going up to Damen and going over to Milk Supply, a special shop for breastfeeding moms and tots. Mom can stock up and there’s a little play area! Afterwards we head over to Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits a few doors down. When I “need to get a little more energy out” (whatever that means) we whisk off to the Addison stop and go to Present Place indoor play space. There’s free coffee for the parents and a special area just for the babies. When Chicago gets too cold or too hot, it’s our favorite place to be. Green Line Green means go, and go we shall! The West Loop might be

known as the coolest place in town for foodies, it is also home to Cat & Mouse Games, one of the best toy shops in the city right off the Morgan stop. There are tons of toys and activities to be found, and regular storytimes for even the littlest of us little folks! Red Line Arguably the most iconic of all the L lines, the Red Line runs from the far South Side to the far North Side, 24 hours a day. And sure, there may be a baseball team or two right off the tracks, but we babies have no interest in such matters. What do we actually want to do? Eat, of course! Take us up to the Argyle stop and get us some delicious Vietnamese pho (my mom said pho is Vietnamese for “the best chicken noodle soup ever”). Tank Noodle has a mini chicken pho bowl perfect for us babies. If you’re extra super good, maybe

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HEY BABY your parents can take you across the street to Ice Station for some rolled ice cream, too! Blue Line Sure, the Blue Line might run near some of the hippest bars and music acts, but I bet you cool cats didn’t even know that off the Division stop there’s a veritable baby rock star in our midst. Mr. Dave Music is a staple in the baby and toddler music scene. He offers drop-in classes as well as special shows and events. Classes are designed to get everyone moving, grooving and having a spectacular time. Once we’ve finished shaking our diapered tailfeathers my personal preference is to head over to the Bongo Room, where we can learn from birth the joys of brunch. Mom and Dad can sip on their “grownup orange juices” while we munch on some of the most delicious pancakes known to mankind.

Pink Line If you haven’t ridden the Pink Line lately, hop on and get over to the National Museum of Mexican Art at the Damen stop. Not only do we babies love the beautiful art, but Mom and Dad love the admission price of “free!” The museum has lots of activities for families on the weekends where we can all make a special piece of art together, or do tours specifically designed for families with babies. Yellow Line The Yellow Line is the CTA’s sleepiest line, but the payoff for babies and kiddos at the end of it is huge: the Skokie Exploritorium. This indoor playground, art studio, water playplace and more offers something to enjoy, and with an admission fee of $5 for nonSkokie residents, it’s one of the best entertainment bangs for your buck you’re bound to find anywhere.

Brown Line: u Milk Supply, 4955 N. Damen Ave., Chicago u Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits Ravenswood, 4947 N. Damen Ave., Chicago u Present Place, 3701 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago

Green Line: u Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison St., Chicago

u Bongo Room, 1470 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

u Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St., Chicago

Pink Line:

Red Line: u Tank Noodle, 4953-55 N. Broadway, Chicago u Ice Station, 1130 W. Argyle St., Chicago

Blue Line: u Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W. Division St., Chicago


u National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago,

Purple Line: u Gather, 602 Davis St., Evanston u Smylie Brothers Brewing, 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston

Yellow Line: u Skokie Exploritorium, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie


The University of Minnesota is seeking women who are currently less than 20 weeks pregnant to participate in a research study examining the effect of exercise and wellness on mood following childbirth.

La Universidad de Minnesota está buscando mujeres con menos de 20 semanas de embarazo para participar en el estudio de investigación que examina los efectos del ejercicio y la salud del estado de ánimo posterior al parto

• Program delivered to you via the mail and phone • Must be 18 years of age or older • Must not currently exercise regularly • Must not take antidepressants • You will receive $100 & a FitBit for your time (you will be allowed to keep the FitBit after the study is over) • Program can be delivered in English or Spanish • Must be considered low-income, defined as: -Enrollment in any government assisted program (e.g., WIC, SNAP) AND/OR -Annual income that is considered low (less than $45,510 for a family of four, less than $30,044 for a family of two, and less than

• Programa ejecutado vía correo o teléfono • Debe ser mayor o igual a 18 años de edad • No debe hacer ejercicio regularmente • No debe tomar antidepresivos • Debe considerarse de bajos ingresos, lo cual se define como: -Inscripta en cualquier programa asistencial del gobierno (por ejemplo, WIC, SNAP) y / o - Ingresos anuales considerados como bajos (menos de $ 45,510 para una familia de cuatro, menos de $ 30,044 para una familia de dos y menos de $ 22,311 si es soltera). • Usted recibirá $100 y un FitBit por su tiempo (será permitido quedarse con el FitBit después de la culminación del estudio)

To see if you qualify for this research study: English Speaking: Call or TEXT to 612-345-0325 or

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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, offers a sports medicine program specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles. It involves physicians, surgeons and therapists collaborating to create care plans unique to each injury. Our team offers hope for young athletes looking to get back into the game, or simply to get active again. We offer hope in our other areas of expertise as well. For over 90 years, parents and children in need of orthopaedic care, specialized plastic surgery, and spinal cord injury care have seen their hopes realized right under our roof — by physicians, nurses, and specialists using the latest technology, innovative research, and a collaborative, family-centered approach. It’s how the 22 Shriners Hospital locations have provided care for over 1.3 million children.

Where Hope and Healing Meet

Do You Know a Child For a consultation, or to refer a patient, call: Who Needs Expert Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago Specialty Care? 773-385-KIDS (5437)

2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707

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Services Include: • Overnight Infant Care • Lactation Support • Personal or Group Parenting Classes • Infant and Toddler Sleep Training • Temporary Daytime Services

AUTHORS AND FOUNDERS Sweet Dreams Infant Care

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Back-to-School Education Guide // special advertising section SUBURBS Acacia Academy

6425 S. Willow Springs Rd. LaGrange Highlands (708) 579-9040 Private elementary and high school, offers an accredited curriculum in all grade levels through the twelfth grade. Acacia is approved for out of district placement for children with special needs

Alcuin Montessori School 324 North Oak Park Avenue (708) 366-1882

Alcuin Montessori offers a crosscurricular learning environment, for ages 0-14, balancing academic and emotional intelligence. Featuring: An Excellent Montessori Curriculum: Spanish, Art/ Theater, Gym/ Swim, Before/After Care

Ascension School

Rooted in Catholic teaching and philosophy Ages 3 - 8th grade. 601 Van Buren, Oak Park (708) 434-1523 We provide your child with a warm and nurturing environment while challenging them with a rigorous curriculum and enrichment programs. Association Of Illinois.

Association Of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) ILMONTESSORI.ORG

AIMS is a professional organization for Member Montessori Schools to encourage and promote standards of excellence and support best practices in authentic Montessori education.

Avery Coonley School

Pre-K ~ 8th grade independent school for academically gifted students. 1400 Maple Ave., Downers Grove (630) 969-0800 A pre-K through 8th grade independent school for academically bright and gifted children. ACS provides depth, pace, and complexity of curriculum for gifted learners

Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool

(877) 624-4532 Programs for infants through private kindergarten, plus School’s OUT camps. Locations across Chicagoland. Call or visit us online to find the school nearest you.

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn (708) 423-6709

Grades served: Pre K – 4th Grade Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education. We provide a fun, education learning environment for field trips.

Christ Our Savior Catholic School 900 E. 154th Street, South Holland (708) 333-8173

COS incorporates a blended learning technological curriculum along with project based learning/exploratory enrichment classes all in a Christ centered environment. Spanish, Music, Art, Gym.

Congregation B’nai Tikvah 1558 Wilmot Rd. Deerfield (847) 945-0470

Our Whole Person learning approach

engages each student by developing a sense of belonging and caring to our community while nurturing essential Jewish knowledge and skills.

Council Oak Montessori School 2521 Grove Street, Blue Island (708) 926-9720

Starting with authentic Montessori for infants and progressing to a rigorous upper school curriculum, our students become well prepared for a life-time of personal and academic success.

The Gardner School Lincolnshire West Loop Bucktown Naperville Glenview-Northbrook Oak Brook Lincoln Park

(847) 415-5420 (312) 229-4299 (773) 661-0151 (630) 657-5029 (847) 770-6260 (630) 576-4740 (773) 661-0232

Our schools are built with your child in mind. Students experience a secure, caring, colorful, and comfortable environment daily. Up-to-date equipment & supplies.

Kensington School

Elmhurst, Geneva, LaGrange, LaGrange Highlands, Naperville, South Naperville, St. Charles, Western Springs, Wheaton Coming soon: Glenview and Arlington Heights (630) 990-8000 For over 45 years, Kensington School has created joyful, nurturing environments for infants through school age children utilizing project based learning and comprehensive, academic curriculum.

KGH Autism Services

1161 Lake Cook Rd. Deerfield, (224) 326-2206 KGH, a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, provides individual and group therapy services to individuals as young as infants through young adults with special needs.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (OLPH) 1123 Church St., Glenview (847) 724-6990 olph-il-org

Providing a premier private education in the finest Catholic tradition for Preschool – 8th grade children. Come discover the distinction that makes OLPH an extraordinary place of learning.

Quest Academy

500 N. Benton St., Palatine (847) 202-8035 An independent day school for gifted and talented students, preschool through eighth grade. An atmosphere dedicated to joy in learning, fostering confidence, initiative, responsibility and leadership.

River Forest Community Center Early Childhood Learning Center 8020 Madison St., River Forest (708) 771-6159

Offering an age appropriate curriculum designed to encourage positive group interaction as well as foster individual growth

Science & Arts Academy

The Gifted Choice ® 1825 Miner Street, Des Plaines (847) 827-7880 Science & Arts Academy educates Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade gifted students from over 60 Chicagoland communi-

ties. Check our website to schedule a visit.

St. Catherine Laboure School 3425 Thornwood Ave, Glenview (847) 724-2240

A PK-8th grade Catholic school united by scholastic achievement, Catholic values, and lifelong learning.

St. Joseph School

1740 Lake Avenue, Wilmette (847) 256-7870 SJS welcomes 2-year-olds through 8th graders of all faiths and features play based Early Childhood Center, flexible before and aftercare, and after school enrichment programs.

Vanguard Gifted Academy

1078 E. Wilson St., Batavia (224) 213-0087 At Vanguard, learning is a joyful community experience driven by the curiosity and creativity of engaged learners and framed by teachers who understand gifted children.

West Suburban Temple Har Zion Preschool 1040 N. Harlem Ave, River Forest (708) 366-9000

Full and partial day programs ages 2-5. Children of all religious backgrounds are welcome. NAEYC accredited program uses REGGIO EMILIA inspired methodology.

CHICAGO Alphonsus Academy

1439 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago (773) 348-4629 Alphonsus Academy inspires and enables children to reach their full potential by providing a rigorous education combining academic excellence, arts integration and a strong Catholic community.

school serving children in junior kindergarten through eighth grade.

Chicago Friends School

K-7 1246 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago (773) 442-2371 Our academically challenging curriculum nurtures the whole child; our commitment to Quaker values encourages service, peace, and thoughtful engagement with each other and the world.

Chicago Waldorf School

5200 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 465-2662 Where every child is a mathematician, writer, scientist, artist, musician, and athlete. It’s how we teach that changes everything. RSVP for a tour today!

Fourth Church Day School 126 E Chestnut Ave, Chicago (312) 640-2579

Francis W. Parker School

Serving Junior Kindergarten through 12 Grade 330 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 797-5107 Parker is a school where inspired teachers, dynamic curriculum and a diverse community of learners thrive. Register for an Open House event at

GEMS World Academy Chicago 350 E. South Water St. Chicago (312) 809-8910

With our expansion to Upper School, there’s never been a better time to join the GEMS family! Schedule your tour today at:

German International School Chicago (GISC)

The Ancona School

Now enrolling Preschool - Grade 8 1726 W Berteau, Chicago (773) 880-8812

Join us for a Fall Open House! Register today at

Offering a bilingual, international education in an individualized learning environment with low student-teacher ratios and caring faculty & staff.

4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago (773) 924-2356

Blue Bird Day School

Therapeutic Preschool and Kindergarten Program West Loop (312) 243-8487 Northcenter (773) 687-9442 Daily Services Offer: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, ABA Therapy, Feeding Therapy

British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park 814 W. Eastman St. Chicago (773) 907-5000

Join us for a family friendly Open House . Register at;

Catherine Cook School

Guidepost Montessori at Magnificent Mile 226 E. Illinois Street, Chicago (312) 796-9400 magnificent-mile

Guidepost Montessori is a new, beautifully-prepared preschool opening in Fall 2018 in the heart of Chicago. Visit us online for more information at

Guidepost Montessori at Wicker Park

1530 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago (773) 663-4732

Preschool - 8th Grade 226 W. Schiller Street, Chicago (312) 266-3381

At Guidepost, your child will enter the wonderful world of Montessori lessons and learning materials designed to captivate and inspire. Visit us online at

Open House: November 4, 2018 See website for Parent Tour Schedule

Instituto Cervantes

Chicago City Day School

541 W. Hawthorne Place, Chicago (773) 327-0900 Chicago City Day School is an independent, co-educational, urban elementary

31 W Ohio St, Chicago (312) 587-1992 Children will have the unique opportunity to learn Spanish in a playful and enriching environment through total immersion of language while highlighting each stu-

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Jewish Child & Family Services Therapeutic Day School and Yeshiva

Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center 3145 W. Pratt Avenue, Chicago (773) 467.3900 The best educational, emotional and therapeutic services for students in grades K-12. Individualized, specialty support, low student-to-teacher ratio, state-aligned curriculum and modern facilities.

Kidwatch Plus Educational Child Care

3330 N. Lockwood Ave, Chicago (773) 993-0536 Kidwatch provides educational programs and high quality childcare. We guide children to a positive self-image while building social skills in a group setting.

Little Green Tree House (West Loop/Lincoln Park/ Lakeview)

118 S. Ashland/1929 N Halsted/ 3111 N. Ashland (312) 492-9876 Immediateenrollment opportunities – call or visit our website to book a tour today!

Pope John Paul II Catholic School Grades K – 8 (773) 523-6161 4325 S. Richmond St., Chicago

Before & After Care. Financial Aid. 3 & 4 year old Pre-School (Full & Half Day)

Back-to-School Education Guide

Queen of Angels School

4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 769-4211 2013 Blue Ribbon Award Winner. Grades 3 year old Pre-School – 8th Grade: Two Year old Bridge Program, After School Enrichment Programs, Summer Enrichment Camps

Resurrection College Prep High School

Grade 9-12 7500 West Talcott Avenue, Chicago (773) 775-6616 Ext 129 Resurrection College Prep High School is the largest all-girls Catholic, Christian school on the north side of Chicago. Open Houses on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6-8 pm and Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 1-3 p

Sacred Heart Schools

Grades served: Preschool-8 6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8418 Independent Catholic school for all faiths; single-gender classrooms on coed campus; free after school care; bus service to several neighborhoods; Kindergarten Early Decision option.​

Sonnets Academy

Boundless learning through play. Six weeks to six years. Lincoln Park: 1932 N. Clark St. (312) 951-1024 River North: 430 W. Erie St. (312) 344-1926 West Loop: 229 S. Peoria St. (312) 733-7580 Hyde Park: 5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd.,

(773) 891-0029 Sonnets Academy inspires boundless learning through play in its discoverybased curriculum and enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years of age.

St. Benedict Preparatory School 3 & 4 year old Preschool – Grade 8 Before & After School Care Available 3900 N Leavitt St., Chicago (773) 539-0066

Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School

St. Mary of the Woods

6959 N. Hiawatha Ave, Chicago (773) 763-7577 Dedicated to providing a Catholic education to advance and promote the academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of students preschool-8th grade. SMOW is a USDOE National Blue Ribbon School.

BOARDING Missouri Military Academy

Grades served: 7-12PG 204 N. Grand St., Mexico, MO 65265 (888) 564-6662 A college preparatory school with a military tradition, Missouri Military Academy helps young men fulfill their potential and take full command of their lives.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE Intercultural Montessori Historic Oak Park (708) 848-6626 Chicago’s West Loop (312) 265-1514

Dual-Language Montessori education for ages 3-12. Your choice of Chinese Mandarin/English; Spanish/English; Japanese/English

SPECIAL NEEDS Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois 10101 S. Roberts Rd, Ste 205 Palos Hills (708) 430-7532 2018 Fall Conference Saturday October 27; Keynote Speaker: Eileen Kushner

SUPPLIES Chicago Teacher Store

1855 N. Milwaukee (773) 252-8200 Educational resource store for teachers and parents.

Mabel’s Labels Our Label Packs include personalized, UV resistant, waterproof name labels perfect for identifying clothes, backpacks, shoes!

TUTORING/ENRICHMENT Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University

Programs on Northwestern’s Evanston campus and multiple locations throughout Chicago (847) 491-3782 Advanced enrichment and accelerated programs and resources for academically talented students, Age 3 – Grade 12. August 2018 67

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camp 2013 // special advertising section Parents know that Catholic schools provide a safe and sacred space where students can grow to their full potential. At a Catholic school, your child will receive an outstanding academic foundation from people who share your values. Nationally, Catholic school students outperform others on tests for math, reading and science. They also lead in graduation rates, and they're the most likely to go on to college. Each school is its own vibrant community creating a secure and engaging environment for children to become responsible and confident young adults. Find a school near you at:




1439 W. Wellington Ave.,Chicago (773) 348-4629

Amy Mills, Principal

3425 Thornwood, Glenview (847) 724-2240

TOTS, Preschool - 8th Grade, Extended Care Principal Dr Casimer Badynee


601 Van Buren, Oak Park (708) 386-7282

3 yr Preschool - 8th Grade, All Day Kindergarten, Before and After School Care

1123 Church St., Glenview (847) 724-6990

POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SCHOOL Mrs. Maryanne Polega, Principal

Grades K – 8 Before & After Care. Financial Aid. 3 & 4 year old PreSchool (Full & Half Day)


(773) 523-6161 4325 S. Richmond St., Chicago

9250 W. 167th Street Orland Hills (708) 403-6525


PreK 3 year old to 8th Grade Mary Iannucilli, Principal


Preschool 3 and 4 year - Grade 8 Extended Care available 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

900 E. 154th Street, South Holland (708) 333-8173 Principal: Mrs. Karen Brodzik & Asst. Principal Mr. Kevin McMillen


Pre- School - Grade 8, extended care

4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 769-4211

ST. DAMIAN SCHOOL PreK 3 year old to 8th Grade

5300 W. 155th Street Oak Forest (708) 687-4230 Principal Name: Dr. Marian Stockhausen

ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL 2 yr old Preschool – 8th Grade

1740 Lake Avenue, Wilmette (847) 256-7870 Michael Kendrick, Principal


6959 N Hiawatha, Chicago (773) 763-7577

Grade 9-12

7500 West Talcott Avenue, Chicago (773) 775-6616 Ext 129 Mr. Richard Piwowarski, Principal

SACRED HEART SCHOOLS Mrs. Lori Broncato, Principal Mr. Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools



6801 North Wilhelm Road, La Porte, Indiana (219) 326-7450

505 Kingston, Romeoville (815) 886-5953

6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8436

Ages/Grades Served: PK-8 Principal: Geralyn Lawler


5900 W. Belmont, Chicago (773) 282-8844 Jon Baffico, Principal

Ages/Grades Served: Full Day Pk and K; 1st thru 8th grade Mr. Adam Kronk, Head of School Principal: Carol Albreski



1474 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago (312) 386-1560

10121 S. Longwood Drive (773) 445-7711 Mrs. Julie Martin, Principal Principal: Elaine Gaffney



9050 S. Burley Avenue, Chicago (773) 768-0999

3900 N Leavitt St., Chicago (773) 539-0066

Preschool - Grade 8, Extended Day


Independent, Catholic, Single Gender, Coed Campus, Preschool-8, before/after school care

Grades 9-12

Principal: Jodi Reuter Julia Byrns Kelly, Principal

PreK 3, PreK 4, K– 8th Grade

11550 Bell Road, Lemont (630) 243-1995

PK3-8th Grade, Before and After School Care

Preschool-8th grade

Ages/Grades Served: PreK (3) - grade 8; Financial Assistance Available

3 & 4 year old Preschool – Grade 8 Before & After School Care Available Mrs. Bonnie Hall, Principal Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School


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Arts Education Guide

A Fairytale Ballet & Academy

Skokie Park District

Lakeview, Bucktown, Evanston (773) 477-4488 (LV & EV) (773) 606-0318 (BT)

9300 Weber Park Place, Skokie (847) 674-1500

Taste Buds Kitchen Bannockburn

American Dance Center A nationally recognized school and performing company. 10464 163rd Place, Orland Park (708) 349-4964 1933 Ridge Road, Homewood (708) 747-4969

2521 Waukegan Road Bannockburn (847) 230-0330

Theatre at the Center 1040 Ridge Road Munster, IN Groups: (219) 836-3258 Box Office: (219) 836-3255

DeMaira Dance Studio, Inc Dance For The Fun of it! 1146 Chicago Ave. Oak Park (708) 386-1833

Emerald City Theatre Fall Classes 2018 Lakeview/Lincoln Park (773) 529-2690

Free Pop-Up Naturalist Aug 19 Rock Run Preserve, Joliet Sept 16 Riverview Farmstead Preserve, Naperville Forest Preserve District of Will County

Master S. H. Yu Martial Arts Fitness Assoc. 6701 W. North Ave., Oak Park (708) 383.-456

The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 630-968-0074 Come hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo.

Palos Hills Riding Stables, Inc. “Meet the Horse” Open House Sat., Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00 per person Pony rides, mini-lessons, grooming, leading, demonstrations, driving, photo ops and more! 10100 So. Kean Aven., Palos Hills WWW. PHRSINC.COM WWW. NTRIDINGACADEMY. COM

The School of Performing Arts 1112 S. Washington St, Naperville (630) 717-6622

Logan Center Family Saturdays

Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School Expert Suzuki Method Instruction in Violin, Viola, Cello (708) 246-9309

Worth Days August 23-26 Altman Park, 115th and Harlem Worth worth-days

Explore your child’s artistic curiosity with hands-on art workshops designed to stimulate creativity and play. These interdisciplinary workshops are exciting for the entire family, offering activities from music to arts and crafts. Come learn something new!

First Saturday of the Month

October 2018–June 2019

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Magic & Juggling Shows

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Balloon Animals and Puppets

Providing Quality, Professional Entertainment since 1991 Several Themed Characters available. Video clips and party ideas are provided on the website.

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After a summer of ribs, popcorn, pizza and more carnival food than Templeton the rat, you’re sure your family is street fested out. Now it’s time to try the Thirsty Ears Classical Music Street Festival, held in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. With soloists and ensembles playing Beethoven and Shostakovich, you’ll forget about the band at that one fest that made your beer shake. Oh, and there will also be drinks for adults, as well as the WTTW Big Idea van, a circus and The Lucky Trikes at the allimportant KidZone. Proceeds from the $10 suggested donation go to the ACM School of Music, which offers classes for kids and adults. 1-10 p.m. Aug. 11, 1-8 p.m. Aug. 12. Wilson Avenue between Hermitage and Ravenswood, Chicago.


There’s queen royalty, princess royalty and the highlight of them all: Garlic Royalty. Kids can compete to be the prince and princess of the Highwood Garlic Fest. There’s also a ton of dancing at the free festival, live music, ice cream trucks (including ones that don’t sell garlic ice cream) and bounce houses. Of course, the garlic-based influences include garlic-infused competitions and food and drinks. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood.


The sight of 60,000 rubber ducks—all donning sunglasses—floating down the Chicago River is enough to raise a few eyebrows, and the hope of Special Olympics Illinois is that it will also raise a few dollars. The money raised at the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby benefits the more than 23,000 athletes across Illinois. On the day of the event—which sets off from the Wrigley Building on the river—there are giveaways, food, mascot appearances and other celebrations for kids and families to enjoy before the ducky dump. Ducks can be purchased in advance or until 12:30 p.m. on the day of the race, with winners receiving a car, cash, a vacation or tickets to the Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR race. Free, each duck $5. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. August 2018 73

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of food vendors, carnival rides and entertainment. Live entertainment is featured each night at the main stage and during the day at the beer garden, food and children’s stages. All proceeds from the festival go to scholarship and grants via the Northbrook Civic Foundation. Food and rides cost extra. Shermer Road and Walters Avenue, Northbrook. FOSSILS AND FLICKS. Visit the Field Museum on Wednesday evenings for family movie and game night. Activities include lawn games, dino digs and educational interactive stations. Food and drink available for purchase. 5 p.m. activities, 7 p.m. movies. Today’s movie: The Lego Batman Movie. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-9410.

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your favorite children’s picture books. Look and listen as you enjoy a story that relates to a work of art in the galleries. Designed for kids 3 and under. Free with museum admission. 11-11:30 a.m. Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing Entrance, 159 E. Monroe, Chicago. (312) 443-3600. BARRINGTON CRUISE NIGHTS. The themed car collection

night includes a Family Fun Zone,

Elliot Mandel

which will feature face-painting, a balloon artist, kid-friendly games, inflatables and tricycle and Porsche pedal car races. 6-8:30 p.m. Today’s theme: National Night Out Against Crime (Kids: First responder outfits). 208 S. Cook St., Barrington. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. The “Little Crickets” of

Cricket Theatre present a musical about kids, performed by kids. $10$12. 7 p.m. Cutting Hall Performing

About the calendar The deadline for submitting listings for the September issue is Aug. 1. All events are subject to change. Please call the event sponsor at the number listed to confirm before you go. Events taking place on four or more dates during the August are listed in Ongoing Events, beginning on page 88.

Searchable listings updated daily

Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. NORTHBROOK DAYS FESTIVAL. See Aug. 1.

3 | FRIDAY JEFF FEST. The northwest side’s cozy Jefferson Park neighborhood throws its annual community party with food, music, arts/crafts and activities for kids. $5. 5-10 p.m. 4900 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 8683010. FESTA ITALIANA. Enjoy three days of authentic music, carnival, kids’ activities and Italian food. $5, free kids 12 and under. See website for full schedule. Boylan High School Grounds, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford. LA GRANGE ENDLESS SUMMERFEST. Family fun, live

music and entertainment for all ages. Includes rides, food vendors, beer garden, music and Sunday

night fireworks. $3, free kids 12 and under. 5-10 p.m. Gordon Park, Ogden Avenue and Tilden Avenue, La Grange. lagrangeendlesssummer JIM GILL FAMILY FRIDAY. Sing, dance and sneeze along during a lively performance by this nationally known singer and his accordion playing friend. Create and use sound makers to take home. $8, free kids 1 and under. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 963-6769. KIDS ADVENTURE GAMES. Kids 6-14 experience the thrill of adventure racing working in teams of two to navigate an adventure course with zip lines, mud pits, water obstacles, a giant slip n’ slide and more, while they build confidence and teamwork. $160 per team of two. Wilmot Mountain, ½ mile south of Wilmot on the east side of Fox River Road, Wilmot. (262) 8622301.

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Family-friendly show every Friday through the summer. 1-2 p.m. Today’s band: Improv Playhouse Theater. Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. (847) 2019032.



WARRENVILLE SUMMER DAZE. Food booths, live music,

face painting and fun and games for kids. 5-11 p.m. Warrenville City Hall Complex, 28W701 Stafford Place, Warrenville. warrenville DESTINATION ASIA OPENING CEREMONY. Kick off the fifth-an-

nual Destination Asia Festival with a formal ceremony, performances, culinary delights, and a breathtaking Japanese floating lantern display on Meadow Lake. Free with admission. 6-8:30 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074.

STORY TIME WITH THEATRE Y. Listen to your favorite

children’s books read aloud and performed by actors from the Theatre Y Ensemble. Recommended for 6 and under. 10 a.m. DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave. (773) 561-9181. EDGEWATER EDGEFEST. Features

70 food vendors, beer and sangria, live entertainment on two stages, a kids tent and activities, a dunk tank and a pet parade. $5 donation. 11 a.m. pet parade, noon-10 p.m. Broadway Avenue between Thorndale and Ardmore.

JEFF FEST. See Aug. 3. Today’s schedule: 2-10 p.m.


Explore diverse cultures through music, including Japanese drumming, dance, food and a bonsai show. The festival will also include performances by champion sumo wrestlers. Free with arboretum admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 9680074. ART AT THE GLEN. Families stroll past the work of 185 artists, enjoy food from local restaurants, listen to music and enjoy kids’ activities, including an art scavenger hunt. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Glen Town Center, between Lake and Willow roads, Glenview. (847) 724-2025. TOUCH A TRUCK. Kids explore a variety of vehicles

and meet the hometown heroes who use these trucks every day. Trucks include police cars, fire engines, cranes and a helicopter. Plus, music, giveaways and other entertainment. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. See Aug. 2. Today’s show

time: 3 p.m. FESTA ITALIANA. See Aug. 3. LA GRANGE ENDLESS SUMMERFEST. See Aug. 3 WARRENVILLE SUMMER DAZE. See Aug. 3. Today’s schedule:


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TREE POSE FAMILY YOGA. Young students will learn about the environment while stretching, moving and breathing like the creatures around them. Practice outdoors if the weather allows. $6. 10-11 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074.

ECUADOR PARADE. Features a vibrant train of floats, along with Andean music and dancing from local folkloric troupes, all celebrating Ecuadorian independence. Noon. Albany Park, 4346 N. California Ave.

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certs to meet-and-greets with favorite children’s characters, Brookfield Zoo has special family-friendly programming on select Sundays throughout the summer. Free with admission. Today’s program: Beat Bugs Live, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St.,


Grab a blanket or chair for a free concert at Village Green. 7 p.m. Today’s band: The Walk-Ins. Village Green, 95th Street and 52nd Avenue, Oak Lawn.




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a blanket, picnic and enjoy a night of music at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. 6:30 p.m. Today’s performers: Bahamas & Bad Bad Hats. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 742-1168. NAVY PIER ‘WATER FLICKS’ SUMMER FILM SERIES. Every

Monday the Pier will show a different music-themed movie at the Lake Stage. As part of this year’s “singalong summer” theme, guests are encouraged to belt out and bust a move to the famous tunes featured

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CALENDAR within the flicks. Free popcorn available to guests on a first-come, firstserved basis. 7 p.m. Today’s movie: Frozen. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-PIER (7437).

7 | TUESDAY ADVENTURE QUEST: CANOE & GPS. This summer quest includes ca-

noeing on the pond and geocaching, along with other outdoor adventures. Basic skills, safety instruction and equipment provided, including life jackets. Appropriate for ages 8-11. $53, $42 resident. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001. ARTS DANS LA RUE. Embrace European culture at Downtown Oak Park’s French street festival featuring art, food, poodle parade, wine, music, film, dance, kids’ activities and more. Marion Street, between Lake and North Boulevard, Oak Park. (708) 383-4145. CAROL STREAM NATIONAL NIGHT OUT. Music, food and family

activities are planned to help celebrate National Night Out. 6 p.m.-dusk. Community Park, 750 Thornhill Drive, Carol Stream. MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER FILM SERIES. Guests are

encouraged to sit at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as the movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 6:30 p.m. Today’s movie: School of Rock. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 7421168. MILLENNIUM CARILLON SUMMER RECITAL SERIES.

Carillonneurs from all around the world perform while audiences are invited to picnic on the lawn and enjoy the free music. Recitals are held rain or shine. Post-recital moonlight tours available 8-8:30 p.m. for $2 per person. 7 p.m. Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave., Naperville.


50-minute interactive, scriptless, completely improvised show for kids, 5-12. Everything in this show will be made up on the spot. All the fun of recess with air conditioning and none of the running. $10 kids, $12 adults 11:30 a.m. The Blackout Cabaret, 230 W. North Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago. MUSIC BOX THEATRE MOVIES AT GALLAGHER WAY.

Lakeview’s Music Box Theatre will host sundown movies at Gallagher Way beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Today’s movie: Grease. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St., Chicago. FOSSILS AND FLICKS. See Aug. 1. Today’s movie: Finding Nemo.


on more than 50,000 yellow rubber ducks during the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Family entertainment includes face painting, games, food and appearances by several sports mascots. $5 to adopt a duck. Chicago River, Columbus Avenue bridge to Michigan Avenue bridge, Chicago. chicagoduckrace. com. OPEN PLAY FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. Wonder Works

opens early for kids up to 8 with special needs. They are then welcome to stay when the museum opens to the public at 10 a.m. $5 per person. 9-10 a.m. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park.

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back-to-school with a night at the rink. Kids under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and kids 14-18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. $5; $4 skate rental. Reservations required.

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Features dozens of special guests and tons of events and activities to celebrate of the 50th anniversary of Revolver. Beatles puppet shows, Beatles parade and arts and crafts. $26 and up. 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 10; noon-midnight Aug. 11; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 12. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont. RETRO ON ROSCOE. Festival

features local restaurants, artisans, vendors, chili cookoff and a family area with crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides and more. $10. 5-10 p.m. Roscoe and Damen, Chicago. (773) 6654682. retro-on-roscoe. ANNUAL GINZA HOLIDAY.

Experience a taste of Japan at this cultural festival, which features Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations, classical dances, drumming, ukulele, martial arts and fencing. Traditional Japanese cuisine and crafts will be demonstrated. $7, $6 seniors and students, free kids under 12. 5:30-9 p.m. Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St., Chicago.


music, family-friendly activities, city historians, plus classic Chicago-style Vienna Beef hot dogs. $5 donation. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Lincoln Park (South Fields), 1701 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago. MOVIES IN THE PARK: 101 DALMATIANS. Grab a picnic

blanket and head to Wilder Park for a showing of the animated classic “101 Dalmatians.” Come early for family fun and food trucks at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk, about 8:30 p.m. Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 739-1071. MOVIES IN THE PARK: SPACE JAM. Watch “Space Jam” in

the park. The movie begins at dusk. In the event of inclement weather, this movie will be rescheduled. 8 p.m. Townline Park, 260 Townline Road, Round Lake.


off at 10 a.m. and features floats, bands, drill teams, dance teams and celebrities. At the end of the parade route, there is a picnic with entertainment, food and music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Martin Luther King Drive from 39th Street (Oakwood Boulevard) to 51st Street. (773) 536-3710.

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will learn how best to help their children acquire the skills to lead fuller, more independent lives and how to prepare for the transition to adulthood. Teens and adults with Down syndrome will learn practical skills to improve their ability to take care of themselves. $75, $50 teens/adults with Down syndrome. 7:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. St. Ignatius College Prep - Women’s Society, 1076 W. Roosevelt Road. (312) 421-6435. SECOND SATURDAYS GARDEN TOURS. Accompany

the Horticulture department on a walkabout through the zoo’s gardens. Learn about new plants and landscapes as they change with the seasons. 10-11 a.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive. (312) 7422000. THIRSTY EARS CLASSICAL MUSIC STREET FESTIVAL. Chicago’s only

classical music street festival includes family entertainment like spirited storytime sessions with improvised, live music by The Lucky Trikes and The WTTW Big Idea Van. Plus, modern silent films accompanied by freshlycomposed scores performed live. $10 donation. 1-11 p.m. Aug. 11. Wilson Avenue from Hermitage Avenue to Ravenswood Avenue. productions/thirsty-ears-festival-2018/ RETRO ON ROSCOE. See Aug. 10.

register for free and will be honored before the race begins. $25. 8 a.m. Hodges Park, 20 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. FARM & BARN FEST.

Features sheep-shearing demos, petting zoo, horse rides, farm antiques, raffles, stage entertainment, kids games and activities, face painting and food vendors. Bingo, chili cookoff. Plus, blacksmithing demonstrations, baby and kid contest, flea market and a 4 p.m. country concert. Fees for some activities. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Historic Yunker FarmMokena Community Park District, 10824 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena. (708) 390-2401. CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN’S KITE FESTIVAL. Enjoy

soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois. Ice cream, beverages and lunch available for purchase. Parking $30. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 8355440. KITE FEST. See stunts and

tricks from professional kite flyers or take to the skies yourself in a family fun fly. They’ll also be free kite building for kids and a candy drop. Bring kites to fly during open fly times. Concessions and kite vendors will be on site. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Berens Park, 493 Oak Lawn Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 782-4955.

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Today’s schedule: noon-10 p.m. ANNUAL GINZA HOLIDAY. See Aug.

10. Today’s schedule: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. CHICAGO HOT DOG FEST. See

Aug. 10.

HOGWARTS BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT. Meet favorite teachers, sit in

on a potions lesson, sample a snack and invent a prank kit suitable for a joke shop. $12, $4 members. 6-9 p.m. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 963-6769.


racers through bubbles in Park Ridge to benefit Compass to Care & help kids fight cancer. The event includes short kids’ races with a medal for each kid race participant. All childhood cancer survivors, both young and old,

Hike and do activities before a silent tram ride through the woods after dark to see which animals come out when people go home. Then relax and roast marshmallows at the end of the evening. $19. 7-9 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074.

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CALENDAR GLOW NIGHT. Don a glow bracelet and have fun swimming in the dark after hours at the Aquatics Center & Nature Museum. $7, $5 residents 7:30-9:30 p.m. Round Lake Area Park District Aquatics Center, 860 Hart Road, Round Lake. (847) 740-9823. THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS.

See Aug. 10. Today’s schedule: noon-midnight.


Participants learn basic bookbinding techniques to get started in the book arts. If time allows, the group will head out into Lurie Garden for some drawing and reflection using the new journals. 1-3 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. (312) 228-1004. MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER MUSIC SERIES. See

Aug. 6. Today’s performers: Whitney & NE-HI. RETRO ON ROSCOE. See Aug. 10.

Today’s schedule: noon-10 p.m. ANNUAL GINZA HOLIDAY. See Aug.

10. Today’s schedule: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CHICAGO HOT DOG FEST. See Aug. 10. Today’s schedule: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. THIRSTY EARS CLASSICAL MUSIC STREET FESTIVAL. See

Aug. 11. Today’s schedule: 1-9 p.m.

SUBURBS MAKIN’ MUSIC BLUEGRASS JAM. Make a simple instrument,

then join the fun in a bluegrass jam circle. Or bring your basses, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and banjos. All are welcome to play at the jam or just listen. Indoors in the case of rain. 1 p.m. Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. (708) 366-6530.

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Oaks Nature Center for a walk in the woods. Topics change every month and feature the plants, animals and history of our area. The walk will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. All ages welcome. 1:30-2 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001. SUMMER SUNDAYS. See Aug. 5. Today’s program: Paw Patrol, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS.

See Aug. 10. Today’s schedule: noon11 p.m. CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN’S KITE FESTIVAL. See

Aug. 11.






compete in Nerf Battle games. Teams will be divided throughout the day and players must bring their own Nerf accessories. Safety glasses provided. Registration is required. $20 per session, $15 per session for residents. 1-3 p.m. Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg.

and explore in the nature center while learning survival skills, including building a shelter, following a map and tending a campfire. Appropriate for kids 6-10. $50, $40 residents. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 6777001.

RAPTORS! Observe majestic birds of prey up close and learn about their habitat, adaptations and the challenges that they face in an urban environment. Experts from Wings and Talons will be on hand to answer questions. 6-8 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago. (312) 228-1004.



Aug. 6. Today’s movie: The Wedding Singer.

7. Today’s movie: Coco.



Aug. 6.

Aug. 7.

8TH ANNUAL GARLIC FEST. Sample a variety of sweet

and savory garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads and butters. Features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the best Savory and Sweet creations, as well as the Garlic Royalty Competition. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood.

. NAVY PIER QUINCEAÑERA. Navy Pier has teamed up with the National Museum of Mexican Art to host a photoshoot for 15-yearold birthday girls at the Wave Wall on the South Dock, against the backdrop of the iconic Centennial

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CALENDAR Wheel and beautiful Lake Michigan. Young ladies are invited to gather in their finest quinceañera dresses for a “class photo.” Preregistration required. 6 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595PIER (7437). FOSSILS AND FLICKS. See

Aug. 1. Today’s movie: Coco.


Aug. 6. Today’s performers: The Sea and Cake & Moonrise Nation.


Featuring food, carnival, kids’ activities, arts and crafts show, live music and entertainment. Check website for schedule. Panton Mill Park, Route 31 and State Street, South Elgin. GUIDED POLLINATOR WALK. Learn about the wide variety

of native and non-native pollinators that thrive in Illinois. The walk will take place mid-day, when insects tend to be most active. Dress appropriately for the weather, including a hat and sunscreen. Short-range binoculars might be helpful. Children are welcome. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago. (312) 228-1004. CHILDREN’S GARDEN CAMPOUT. Pitch your tent on the

lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun. Visit hands-on activity stations and enjoy snacks, night hikes and bedtime stories. In the morning, wake to the sound of birds singing, then enjoy a light breakfast and a chance to explore the Children’s Garden before it opens to the general public. $37. 6:30 p.m. Friday-9 a.m. Saturday. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 9680074.


Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School


running events, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 742-PLAY. PILSEN FEST. The 8th annual Pilsen Fest exposes the cultural talent that exists in Pilsen and the Chicago area with its blend of live music, food, art, children’s activities and handcrafted goods. All highlight the neighborhood’s Latino heritage. $5 donation. Noon-10 p.m. Blue Island Avenue from 18th Street to 21st Street. DANCE FOR LIFE. Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit dance concert presenting and showcasing the city’s diversity of talent, dance traditions and styles. $15-$75. 7:30 p.m. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway. (312) 922-2110. GLENWOOD AVENUE ARTS FESTIVAL. Includes a street art

fair, indoor art displays, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages featuring 48 acts. KidFest Area features free hands-on arts activities. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 6900-7000 N. Glenwood Ave. (Morse and Glenwood). (773) 761-4477.


activities, live entertainment, tasty summer fare and the annual Pooch Parade. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Hickory Road between Dixie and Martin, Homewood. (708) 798-3000.

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CALENDAR VINTAGE DAYS. Includes street food, live music, an old-fashioned ice cream social, a penny carnival, hayrides, craft drinks and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads, Long Grove. SOUTH ELGIN RIVERFEST.

See Aug. 17.


performances showcasing classical, jazz, folk and percussion music curated by Edwin Outwater, music director of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and Tim Higgins, principal trombonist for the San Francisco Symphony. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic for the concert. Food and beverage available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. Today’s band: Jazz music with Amir ElSaffar. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St. CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW. See Aug. 18.


Explore the science behind the beauty of Lurie Garden as participants look for spiders. This is an all-ages drop-in program. No registration required. Meet at the south end of the boardwalk in the garden. 2:30-3:30 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. (312) 228-1004.


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Today’s program: Legoland Day.


Innovative treatment to both classic

compositions and modern works. This concert will feature a mix of classical, Broadway pops, movie scores and more. Recommended for families with kids 5 and up. 7:30 p.m. McAninch Arts Center


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7. Today’s movie: Slumdog Millionaire.

Aug. 8. Today’s movie: Space Jam.



6. Today’s movie: Grease.

Aug. 7.



See Aug. 6.


Lincoln Park Zoo history buffs on a leisurely, after-hours stroll through the zoo, including a few stops in the 150th anniversary exhibition, “From Swans to Science: 150 Years of Lincoln Park Zoo.” The guides weave a tale of past, present and future to explore the artifacts, architecture and a few animals of Lincoln Park Zoo. Ages 16 and older. $13. 6-7:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (312) 742-2000.


natural items like stumps and seeds, brush up on your bird-watching or nature hiking skills, or venture out on a family scavenger hunt. Families with all ages welcome. Events are openhouse style with varying stations, so stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time. These are rain or shine events, so dress for the weather. 5-7 p.m. Washington Park, 5531 S. King Drive, Chicago. TOTALLY RIDICULOUS: AN IMPROVISED SHOW THAT’S BETTER THAN RECESS.

See Aug. 8.

23 | THURSDAY WORTH DAYS. The Kids’ Zone has spin and sand art, face painters, giant board games, a dunk tank, mechanical bull and more. $5, $3 residents, free kids under 16 and senior citizens. 6-10 p.m. Altman Park, 115th and Harlem, Worth.

24 | FRIDAY NASHWOOD. Every restaurant and bar in Highwood will bring live country, southern rock, blues, blue grass, folk, jazz, gospel and more all day and into the night. There will also be a stroller crawl. Highwood restaurants will feature Nashville hot chicken, chicken and waffles, fresh biscuits, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and more. Fees for food. See website for music schedule. 130

Highwood Ave., Highwood. (847) 433-2100. CHERRY VALLEY FESTIVAL DAYS.

Three-day festival includes entertainment, amusement rides, kids’ activities, fireworks and food. $4-$7. 5 p.m.-midnight. Baumann Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley. TASTE OF GREEKTOWN. Food, music and entertainment, including Greek bands, artisans and games for both kids and families. Noon-10 p.m. Halsted Street between Van Buren and Monroe streets, Chicago. COSMIC GOLF NIGHT AT COYOTE CROSSING. Golf in the dark with

glow-in-the-dark balls on an illuminated course. $6. Dusk-10:30 p.m. Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, 27W650 North Ave., West Chicago. WORTH DAYS. See Aug. 23. Today’s

schedule: 6-11 p.m.



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The swim takes place in Lake Michigan at Chicago’s Montrose Avenue Beach, including a shallow water start, parallel to the beach. The bike and run take place on closed park roadways and running paths all along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Open to boys and girls 7-14. Check website for registration information and cost. First wave starts 8:30 a.m. Montrose Avenue Beach. TASTE OF GREEKTOWN.

See Aug. 24.

SUBURBS PORT CLINTON ART FESTIVAL. This festival features more

than 260 artists including a Youth Art Division with works from kids 18 and younger. Plus kids’ activities, music and food from local restaurants at the


Taste of Highland Park, which runs in conjunction with the festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Avenue at the intersections of First and Second streets, Highland Park. (847) 926-4300.

kid-friendly activities are paired with food trucks and a beer and wine garden. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst.

FAREWELL TO SUMMER FAMILY LUAU. Enjoy dinner, swimming

and various activities with a show by The Barefoot Hawaiian dancers. Registration required. $5-$15. 4-7 p.m. Winnetka Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. PARK PALOOZA. Gather at Berens Park to end the summer on a high note. Red Woody and The Music Dudes will grace the stage as


WORTH DAYS. See Aug. 23. Today’s

WORTH DAYS. See Aug. 23. The

schedule: 2-11 p.m. CHERRY VALLEY FESTIVAL DAYS.

parade takes place at noon on Sunday with fireworks at dusk. Today’s schedule: 2-10 p.m.

See Aug. 24. Today’s schedule: noon-midnight.



than 60 artists display their wares and events include free yoga, a creative children’s booth and live music. Noon-5 p.m. Water Street Mall, 24 E. Downer Place, Aurora.


See Aug. 24.

See Aug. 24. Today’s schedule: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

NASHWOOD. See Aug. 24.


NASHWOOD. See Aug. 24.



ART IN THE GARDEN. Join teaching artist Beth Iska as she shows new ways to capture the beauty of the garden through art. This series is for families with kids ages 2-8. Registration encouraged, but not required. Class meets on the south lawn. 11-11:45 a.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. (312) 228-1004.

28 | TUESDAY FUNGUS AMONG US. Discover the

world of fungi during an exploration of the myriad of mushrooms and their kin that help the forest thrive— from giant puffballs to crowned corals. Program is recommended for adventurers 8 and older. $6,




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pre-registration required. 9-10 a.m. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. (815) 741-7277. NATURE PLAY DATE. Enjoy playing among the trees. Hop on the Acorn Express Tram and head to one of the arboretum’s Nature Play Spaces. Play, explore and discover nature with other families. $5, plus arboretum admission. 11 a.m.-noon. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074. FRUIT BATS AND MORE!

Bat biologists from Incredible Bats will join the discussion with some of their friends. See the fruit bats close up and get all your batty questions answered. No registration needed. 6-8 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago. (312) 228-1004.


The Labor Day Weekend tradition showcases Chicago’s vast jazz talent along national and international artists to entertain, encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages with live musical performances in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 7421168.



CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL. See Aug. 29. Today’s schedule: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Chicago Cultural Center; 6:309:30 p.m. at Millennium Park.


entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land at Naper Settlement with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County. Ticket prices vary. Check website for schedule. Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville. (630) 420-6420. AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. Festival highlighting African

culture features dancing, music, art and entertainment. Visit website for ticket info and schedule. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago. (773) 256-1248. FAMILY TWILIGHT ADVENTURES.

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Leaping salamanders Amphibians amaze at nature museum


rogs and turtles can both survive on water and land, but don’t confuse them as the same species. As part of the Amazing Amphibians exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, kids can peer at all manner of frogs, toads and salamanders as well as play interactive games and walk through a maze learning about the life cycle of the creatures. “One of the key things we’ve integrated into the maze is what makes an amphibian (frogs, toads and salamanders) versus a reptile (snakes, turtles and dinos),” says Allison SacerdoteVelat, the museum’s curator of herpetology. The exhibit is full of touch and play pieces, with a 15-foot

Amazing Amphibians & Nature’s Puzzles u Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago.

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zipline, a “wheel of time,” the maze and other games. There is also a section that discusses frogs and toads in pop culture, ala “The Princess & The Frog.”

Conservation is the core of the museum’s message, and many of the species on display—like the mudpuppies and salamanders— are native to Illinois.

The museum also recently opened an early education exhibit, Nature’s Puzzles, to help keep up math skills in the summer. The puzzle helps kids find math and patterns in their everyday lives and challenges them to play math games. Hillary Bird

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ONGOING EVENTS EXHIBITS AMAZING ARACHNIDS. Get up close to 100 arachnids in three themed areas with special zoo chats and hands-on interactives. Plus experience an adventure that follows species survival and protection with climb-on spider web, jungle vines, swinging bars and a zip slide. $5, $3 kids 3-11 and seniors 65 and older, plus zoo admission. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. (708) 688-8000, AMAZING AMPHIBIANS & NATURE’S PUZZLES. Leap into

the world of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, and immerse yourself in the mathematical designs of nature. $6 and up, free for children under 3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, (773) 7555100,

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BOATS. Kids become captains of

their own adventures when they immerse themselves in a nautical experience, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Lending to the realism is a view of Lake Michigan and the boats along Navy Pier’s South Dock that serve as the exhibit’s backdrop. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (free 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays). Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago, (312) 527-1000, BORN TO CREATE: A TEEN ART EXHIBITION. In honor of the

2018 Year of Creative Youth, the exhibit brings together 18 artists and 33 works of painting, photography, video art, fashion design and musical composition from Chicago high school students. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago. (312) 747-4898. BRAVO! CHRIS RASCHKA ART EXHIBIT. The exhibit of

children’s book author and illustrator Chris Raschka showcases more than 50 works of art. Ends Aug. 12. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 392-0100.

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More than 1,200 performers, artisans and merchants will take visitors on a trip through Elizabethan England with games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and special entertainment. Kids Kingdom is an enclosed play area filled with oversized sand boxes, a climb-aboard pirate ship, interactive games, crafts and other child-friendly diversions. $24.95, $11.50 kids, free kids 4 and under. Visit the website for discounted tickets. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Labor Day. Bristol, Wis., west of I-94, exit Russell Road and follow the signs. (847) 3957773. CHANGE: THE STORY OF COINS.

This interactive display teaches how coins are important financial, cultural and political tools. Free with admission. National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted, Chicago. (312) 655-1234.

America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. Hear firstperson accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts. 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, (630) 833-1457, FREDERICK DOUGLASS AGITATOR. Highlights excerpts

from his speeches and writings, some recorded by students from Young Chicago Authors. Other excerpts include Douglass’ speech on Haiti at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and “The Reason Why “ pamphlet he and Ida B. Wells distributed to protest African-American exclusion from the fair. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. 312-374-8790.



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activities for kids, including music and arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays. Ends Aug. 10. Chase Promenade North, Millennium Park, Chicago. (312) 742-1168. POP UP DESIGN STUDIO.

Explore and create with a series of free design workshops for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 848-1976, flwright. org/programs/popupstudio. POSTERS FROM THE PMA COLLECTION. This exhibit

features 70 restored posters from the Polish Museum of America’s collection and includes examples of graphic design created during the Polish Independence period. $10. Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 3843352. THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR.

Get a unique look into the Pixar process and explore the science and technology behind beloved animated

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ONGOING EVENTS characters. This new exhibit, with more than 40 interactive elements, showcases how STEM concepts bring the films to the big screen. Requires a timed-entry ticket. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, WHERE THE CHILDREN SLEEP.

This multimedia exhibit serves as a wake-up call about what is happening as Syrian children are displaced and must sleep on the streets and in fields as they await an uncertain future. The conflict in Syria has claimed more than 480,000 lives. Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4800


childhood music program welcomes young kids and their families to an interactive, social and imaginative musical world with live music, shakers, bubbles, singing and dancing. Following the music program, families are invited to stay for children’s movie screenings. 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St., Chicago. WILD WEDNESDAYS.

Kids 3-10 enjoy hands-on nature

exploration through games and crafts. Each week will have a theme. Fee to park. 1-3 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, (630) 6685161.

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Kids use a large variety of paints, styles and canvases as they learn to tell their stories. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills and boosting self-esteem. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, SUMMER ADVENTURES FOR CHILDREN: “VOYAGES.”

Kids 5-12 are welcome to join Interpretive Curator Emma Marston for a weekly “voyage” round the globe. Each Wednesday afternoon, kids learn about the rich cultural history of international cities like Havana, Lima, Marseille, Wellington, Accra and even Chicago. $3. 1-3 p.m. Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines. (847) 391-5399. HISTORY ALIVE! Kids learn about a different military topic each week. Dress in a soldier’s uniform, interact with artifacts and participate in games and crafts. Fees to park. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668516.

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live music, kid-friendly fare and entertainment after-hours in the Children’s Garden. $5 after 4:30 p.m. 5-8 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, ROCKIN’ SCIENCE THURSDAYS. Each weekly

activity will focus on a different science theme of investigations and explorations. Some activities will take place indoors and some will be outdoors, dress accordingly. Fees to park. 1-3 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161. SOUTH PORCH PROGRAM.

Children 6 and up will enjoy handson activities and crafts related to the life and interests of Col. Robert R. McCormick and his family. Event is not held during inclement weather. Fees to park. 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161.

WAVE WALL WAX. A new weekly summer series launched by Navy Pier brings Chicago’s DJ culture to the lakefront every Saturday. Dance to the sounds of House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Soul, Funk, Global grooves and more. 2-4 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-PIER (7437). KIDS POKEMON LEAGUE.

For kids 6-12 who enjoy collecting the cards and are serious about learning how to play the game. Participants need to understand the official rules and be able to play independently. Must have a deck of 60 cards. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison St., Chicago. LITTLE SQUIRRELS STORYTIME.

Stories and songs celebrating classic literature for preschool-age kids. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790.

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and younger are encouraged to find Potawatomi Dancers around Wilmette for prizes. Families can pick up a scavenger hunt game board and directions during regular

business hours at the Wilmette Historical Museum or the Youth Services Department in the Wilmette Public Library. Ends Aug. 5. Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette. (847) 853-7666.

Searching for a quality Early Childhood Program? Temple Har Zion Early Childhood Education Center offers FULL and PARTIAL day programs for children ages 2-5. Children of all religious backgrounds are welcome. Our Jewish preschool uses a REGGIO EMILIA inspired methodology. Our program is accredited by NAEYC. 2 Year Old Program – Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 11:30am with extended day options This play based program introduces two-year-olds to a school setting in an engaging environment. 3-5 Year Old Programs – Monday-Friday, 8:30 – 11:30am with extended day options In the mixed-aged classroom, children’s interests, questions and discussions are the guiding factors used to plan the curriculum. Children learn to work together collaboratively.

KGH Autism Services provides individualized care, a multidisciplinary team and is here for your whole family. Whether your child was recently diagnosed or you are looking for a new therapy path, we are here to support you from infancy through young adulthood. We provide ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, mental health services and social skills groups and offer services in our center, in your home, or wherever you need us. From coordinating insurance to creating a customized therapy plan, we help families find happier days. Contact us to learn how we can help! 224-326-2206 • • 1161 Lake Cook Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015

Camp Zion- Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 12pm (lunch included) For children ages 2-5. Campers play, learn, and make friends. We have 3 four-week sessions beginning in June. Extended Day Options Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 6pm and Friday 7:30am – 3:30pm

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PERFORMANCES WATER COLORS: Jazz Series. Enjoy 90-minute sets by local jazz musicians, from emerging talent to established artists. Concerts are held at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. 6:308:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 24. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-PIER (7437). SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS. See Shakespeare in

neighborhood parks across Chicago. Parks including: Polk Brothers, Ellis, Kelvyn, Gage, Eckhart, Wells, Columbus, Tuley, Humboldt, Frank J. Wilson, Garfield, Dvorak, Ridge, Steelworkers, Hamilton, Piotrowski, Loyola and Ping Tom Memorial. Check website for schedule. Times vary by location; performances run Wednesdays-Sundays through Aug. 26. PETER PAN, A MUSICAL ADVENTURE. Sail away on a high-

flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John and Michael. Recommended for kids 5 and up. $22-$34. 11 a.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 19. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago, (312) 595-5600, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Join Captain Nemo and

Professor Aronnax as they search for a sea monster. Recommended for families with kids 8 and up. $30 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Two shows each day on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 19. Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works, 821 N.

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One-hour dance lessons by professional instructors and two hours of live music and dancing in the largest annual outdoor dancing series in the U.S. Includes the swing, waltz, cha-cha and more. 6-7 p.m. dance lessons, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 25. Grant Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. specialevents.


side-splitting lineup of food-related sketches adapted from stories written by Chicago elementary school students. Professional actors and musicians will explore students’ favorite dishes and culinary traditions—whether on Earth, in space or a magical land. 8 p.m. Mondays. $15; $5 kids 12 and under. The NeoFuturist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago,

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Palos Hills Riding Stables, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been in existence since 1960. We have produced world, national, regional and state champions. Let us help you find your way with horses to learn to ride for competition or for pleasure. Come to our open house and find out why we can offer you the most professional instruction in the area with instructors who are groomed to produce champions. Visit our breeding farm to see future champions in the making!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. * Admission: $5.00 per person * Pony rides, mini-lessons, grooming, leading, demonstrations, driving, photo ops and more! Check out the New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Foundation a 501c charity Discounts on riding lessons...learn how to ride for pleasure and show! Visit the chickens, sheep, donkeys, and other friends!

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Float away These cork sailboats are fun and easy

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER f you can’t be on a real boat to enjoy these last summer days, make one of your own! These cork sailboats take just minutes to make, yet can race away the afternoons.




Select three evenly sized wine corks and place in a row. Use two rubber bands to wrap around the three corks to hold them tightly together. Don’t wind the rubber bands too tight or the corks will not stay flat.

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Create a sail from construction paper by cutting a triangle shape to your liking.

Materials: u 3 wine corks per boat u Long toothpicks u Rubber bands u Construction paper u Scissors

With a long toothpick, poke one hole near the top of the triangle sail and another at the bottom. Then thread the toothpick through from the top hole to the bottom hole to make the sail.

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Use the sharp point of the toothpick with the sail to poke a hole in the center cork to adhere the sail. Set your ship to sail in a bucket of water. Or create a race course in a baby pool or pond.

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“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things but the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence." —Dr. Maria Montessori Spontaneous Activity in Education

Chicago Chicago Montessori

1713 W. Cullom Ave., Chicago 60613 773.525.4358

AMI Accredited since 2005. Serving ages 15 mos. – 15 yrs.

Intercultural Montessori Language School

Ravenswood Montessori School 1945 W. Wilson, Suite 200, Chicago 60640 773.293.6655

Midwest Montessori Demonstration School 926 Noyes St., Evanston 847.328.6630

Caring for and educating children 2-6 yrs. old, Demonstration School (MMTTC) ages 3 - 6 offering full, half and flexible programs with yrs., full and part time. enrichment classes. Fully licensed.

Rogers Park Montessori School

Montessori School of Lake Forest

1800 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago 60640 13700 W. Laurel Dr., Lake Forest 114 S. Racine, Ste. 100, Chicago 60607 847.918.1000 773.271.1700

Located in Andersonville, RPMS educates Serving children from birth to 15 yrs. We 312.265.1514 children ages 2- 14 yrs. old. Fully AMS & strive to cultivate in every MSLF child a lifeDual-language programs from Pre-K through ISACS accredited. Full & Half day programs. long love of learning. Middle School in Spanish, Japanese, & Chinese Mandarin. Also in Oak Park.

Suburban Northwest

Montessori Academy of Chicago

Buffalo Grove Montessori School

1335 W. Randolph St., Chicago 60607 312.243.0977 Full-day, full-year accredited programming including Spanish and music for students infant thru middle school.

Near North Montessori

1434 W. Division St., Chicago 60642 773.384.1434

950 Ellen Dr., Buffalo Grove 847.541.8111

AMS accredited serving infants through kindergarten, Providing a lifetime foundation for over 40 years.

Crystal Lake Montessori School

3013 S. Country Club Rd., Woodstock 815.338.0013

Ronald Knox Montessori School 2031 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette 847.256.2922

Est. 1963. Fostering confident, creative, curious, citizens to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. 6 mos. –6 yrs. and Parent/Child.

Vernon Hills Montessori

21 Hawthorn Parkway Vernon Hills, IL 60061 847.918.0342

Est 1981. AMS Accredited 12 wks to 14 yrs. Est. 1963 serving children 6 mos. – 8th Offering Spanish, PE, Music, Art & Band, grade. Early morning, Afterschool & summer Before & After Care, Summer camp, & programs. Fully Accredited. options of chess, robotics and coding.

15 months - 6 years; afterschool, summer camp, private piano & voice; semi-private karate, swimming, skating & music.

3652 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 60613 773.698.7514

Montessori Children's Schoolhouse

Prairieland Montessori

Growing young minds…organically! Infants through Kindergarten; 3 campus locations.

University Village Montessori School

1304 S. Halsted St., Chicago 60607 773.800.9780

Igniting a passion for learning in children 2 mos. to 6 yrs. Half, School and Full-day programs. AMS Full Member School.

Chicago North/ Northwest

Montessori Academy of Illinois 418 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068 847.292.1229

Est 1993. Serving 3 mos.-6 yrs. Year-round; Full & Part-time. After school and Summer Camp to age 9. Offers inc. Spanish, Polish & robotics.

Suburban North

Suburban South 5935 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN 219.932.5666

AMS Accredited (22 mos. - 12 yrs.), before and after care available. Est. 1968

Montessori School of Lemont 16427 W. 135th St., Lemont

Deerfield, Glenview & Riverwoods Montessori Schools 815.834.0607 3140 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods 847.945.8661

Brickton Montessori School

Est. 1966, AMS Accredited & Living Legacy. 3 mos. - 12 yrs., Full & Half day, Elementary & Summer Camp.

Accredited by AMS and ISACS. Half & Full day. Extracurriculars & summer program.

AMI Accredited 1982. Birth to 14 yrs. Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Jessen founders.

Est. 1972; Preschool – 8th grade. Spanish, Mandarin, Before/After School, Summer School. 7 acres w/chicken coop, creek and nature trails.

Southwest Suburban Montessori 8800 W. 119th St., Palos Park 708.448.5332

Est. 1970. Beautiful woodland setting. Serving children 2 - 6 yrs.; am & pm, full-day Kindergarten. Spanish, Gym, Yoga & Summer school. NAEYC Accredited.

Chicago Southwest Montessori Foundations of Chicago

3575 S. Archer, Chicago 60609 773.254.5437

Providing a quality Montessori education to children ages 6 wks to 6 yrs. at an affordable price.

Suburban West Greenbrook Montessori School

1675 Greenbrook Blvd., Hanover Park 630.830.1675

Accredited by AMS. Serving children 15 mos. – Kindergarten all day, every day.

Mansio Montessori of Geneva 102 Howard St., Geneva 60134 630.232.6750

Nurturing children 15 mos. – 6 yrs. to develop natural sense of wonder, self-esteem and cognitive ability. Est. 1981.

Seton Montessori School

5728 Virginia Ave., Clarendon Hills 630.655.1066

Est. 1965. Lab School for 2 mos. - 12 yrs.; accredited by AMS and NAEYC; full & half day, summer & Parent-Child classes.

West Suburban Montessori School 1039 S. East Ave. OakPark 708.848.2662

AMI Accredited 1988; ages 3 - 12 yrs. Full and half day options available.

8622 West Catalpa Ave., Chicago 60656 Forest Bluff School 8 W Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff 773.714.0646 Est. 1986. Serving children 3 mos.-8th grade. 847.295.8338

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