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Parents and kids weigh in on the good and bad of social media.

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An extraordinary journey to motherhood.

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sabel Gonzalez-Smith is the co-founder of Chicago Latina Moms, a group of more than 1,800 Latina mothers/ mothers-to-be that connect, uplift and celebrate each other. From hosting mom’s night outs, to Spanish storytimes, playdates, workshops and more, they aim to create a community where moms feel supported, appreciated and recognized for their hard work in their families, communities and careers. There are many mom groups here. What inspired you to start Chicago Latina Moms? During my pregnancy with my first son, when I searched “Chicago Latina moms” on Google, all the results that came back equated motherhood and Latina women with crisis. Teen pregnancy, domestic violence, homelessness are all very real issues in our community, but we also deserve a space to simply gather, share and grow together, like other mom demographics do. Today, mothers in our group have become best friends, business partners, colleagues. We are a strong community and a family, what I had always envisioned and hoped it would become. How does the group support each other in the journey through motherhood? Moms post questions from any point of motherhood and always get supportive, kind responses back. One thing that our members have said

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When enrichment gets real We sign our kids up for a little of everything these days. Optimistic take: Our children are receiving a wider array of experiences than any previous generation. Pessimistic take: We’re raising a generation of dabblers. So, what happens when we notice— in the whirlwind of chauffeuring of our kids from Capoeira camp to Scrimshaw workshop to Khoomei MATT BORESI lessons—that the child has taken a deeper interest in something? My daughter Viva is 7, and while she’s previously expressed some level of interest in every possible activity save for soccer, she now seems genuinely fascinated by theater and wants to go beyond the occasional short class and, well, “do the work.” What are the costs of moving beyond dilettantism? It means trading absolute well-roundedness for specific expertise. As someone who lives and works in the performing arts world, I’m thrilled that she has an interest in the craft, not just in the ego-gratification of tiptoeing the boards. She wants to achieve mastery, something satisfying, soulful, potentially lucrative and sorely lacking in our drive-by society. It also means cost, literal and emotional. Supporting a child turning an enrichment in to a way of life means more lessons, longer camps farther away, equipment and it means becoming that parent who is always in the stands, or on the sidelines, or in the audience. It means becoming a shoulder to cry on when a role isn’t obtained or a note is cracked or dialogue goes up—because when you care


about winning at something, it hurts more to lose. For us, it could be worse. I have friends whose children play travel sports, and they seem to be rushing to a different city every day to sit on hot bleachers and eat mediocre encased meats. I know someone whose daughter plays the harp—that requires an entire van for transport, not to mention a musical instrument the size of a refrigerator. Our biggest challenge will be watching plays every weekend without checking our phones. Oof, maybe I liked it better when she just dabbled. Viva Devotion. Viva Viva. Viva Daddy.

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Middle school mindset Middle school is rough. When my second son graduated eighth grade this past June, I was not the joyous mom in the crowd reflecting on how quickly the time passes. I did not shed tears of nostalgia. I did not look out at the graduates and see the adorable kindergartners they once were. My only thought? MARIANNE Two kids down, one to go. WALSH My older brother John is a junior high administrator. He warned me that these years were going to be rough. He assured me that kids go through kind of an “icky” period but turn out OK in the end. After countless school emails about kids vandalizing bathrooms, cheating, and engaging in destructive behavior, I was not convinced. It all felt hopeless. Still, I knew I had to attend the graduation parties and pretend this age group was marvelous. At one such party, I suspiciously eyed a group of boys playing sports and goofing around. I waited for them to start throwing things at cars or stealing beers. Instead, I noticed that wherever the crowd went, one boy rested his arm on a buddy and was sort of “led” to the next activity. My initial thought was the kid was just physical, as boys tend to be. With a shock, I realized the boy was blind. I spoke to the host who told me this is how the friend group had operated for years. Wherever they went, someone would always take responsibility for ensuring this young man was included and safely transported to wherever they were going. Instantly, I felt like the

grumpy old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. I know I can be the unforgiving sort when it comes to my children. Wrong me? I’ll forget about it in a week. Wrong my kids? I will place a pox upon your house and curse your progeny for all eternity. It’s probably not the healthiest mindset. I may be part Sicilian gangster. Yet in this one instance, I got a glimpse into the very best hearts of a middle school crowd. A drop of faith was restored. My brother was right. Compassion and kindness were always there, it’s just that kids often bury these under bravado and group think. But whatever the case, please don’t tell my brother he was right, I have a reputation to uphold. I suppose there is still a middle schooler in us all.

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Free days for Chicago-area museums this month


hicago’s museums are world-class, but all those bones, weather simulators and rides in Chicago’s first El train car don’t come cheap. But in the philanthropic spirit of our fine city, most museums offer free admission days for Illinois residents. Luckily, September is full of them.

Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26

Museum of Contemporary Art Free 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays; kids 18 and under are always free

The Art Institute of Chicago Free 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Kids 13 and under and Chicago teens under 18 are always free.

Chicago History Museum

Adler Planetarium Sept. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

The Field Museum Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25

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JEFFERSON PARK EXPLORE: Ed Paschke Art Center. This is a place where art comes to life. The brainchild of the late Ed Paschke’s grandchildren, the center provides access to his large-scale, iconic, colorful work and serves as a platform for Chicago artists to showcase their work. The best part? It is free and open to the public. PLAY: Copernicus Center. While this former cinema house rarely shows movies, it is used an average of 48 weeks per year. From the famous Taste of Polonia Festival to concerts to bingo nights and athletic competitions, there’s rarely an empty seat.

This ‘suburb’ in the city feels like home



icknamed the “Gateway to Chicago,” Jefferson Park is a quaint neighborhood, nestled on the northwest side. Home to many police officers, firefighters and teachers with a Chicago residency requirement, the diverse community feels more like a suburb than the hustle and bustle of the city.

Rows and rows of tree-lined streets feature mid-century single-family homes with “Chicago-sized” backyards that allow for urban gardens, swing sets

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EAT: Gale Street Inn. This charming eatery is known for its fall-off-thebone BBQ ribs. The restaurant is reminiscent of an old-fashioned supper club. Also musttry meals: steaks, chops, chicken and fresh seafood selections. SHOP: American Science & Surplus. Founded more than 80 years ago, shopping is a strange adventure here. Kids can roam aisles of things they never knew they needed: life-size skeletons, giant marbles, beakers, telescopes, duck feet finger puppets and more.

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A Game of Likes Parents and kids weigh in on the good and bad of social media




liked someone is based on how many ‘likes’ they get on a post.” Paul Oren, a professor

from PBS) says, it’s the ‘Game of Likes’ and we’re trying to win the Game of Likes.”


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McDonald, Kitley and Oren all recommend parents have an ris McDonald hasn’t faced many challenges open dialogue with their kids when it comes to social media for her 16-year- about social media and what old twins, Kayla and Alexis, and 13-year-old could happen if it is misused. McDonald’s tips for other partwin sons. ents: Make sure their accounts Mostly it’s because she’s been talking with are private. Follow them on their accounts. Make sure they them and teaching them about the risks and responsibilities know to ignore private mesonline since they were little. sages from strangers. Monitor “I don’t try to police them per se. I don’t want them to feel what they are posting. Finally, like they have to hide things. I do talk to them and tell them look at their friends’ accounts what’s good and bad and the things to look out for,” says to see what types of people they McDonald, the mom behind Little Tech Girl, littletechgirl.com. are associated with. “It is equally important to “I remember when I was 16. ... The world is different now, give your kids a little bit of rebut it is still the same. We had our ways of communicating sponsibility and freedom so that and they have their phones, and so we just have to be a little they can learn what they need more vigilant when it comes to keeping our eyes open and our to do to take care of themselves on social media,” she says. ears open and seeing what they are up to,” McDonald says. Oren agrees. of communications and Navigating social media can “It’s like the equivamedia at Valparaiso come with pitfalls, as studies lent of teaching University, has are starting to point to shaken someone seen that to be self-esteem, anxiety and depresto cook, sion for some kids. Social media the case. He but also frequently also takes bullying to a larger To hear more tips from Paul remindgives semiaudience. Oren, listen to our Masters in ing them nars with Social media is always a hot Parenting podcast. not to topic in Kelley Kitley’s girl group students ChicagoParent.com/podcast put their and athtalks for kids transitioning to hand on the letes in high middle school. stove. It can schools and “Social media creates anxiety burn you, but local colleges for kids by making them feel you still need the about social media. left out or fearful someone stove to cook and it’s “We’ve figured out a will say something about you,” an important tool,” Oren says. way to make daily life a game, says Kitley, a licensed clinical “Social media is an important and Snapchat and Instagram social worker and founder of tool and it should be used, but and Twitter and Facebook Serendipitous Psychotherapy in if you put your hand on it, it have turned that into—as the Chicago. “They also use social burns,” he says. documentary (Generation Like media as a tool of how well



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34% 4% 34 percent are on social media multiple times a day in 2012

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Local students and parents weigh in Natelli Bulvas, 14, Carol Stream Uses Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook for about two to three hours a day I started on Instagram when I was in fourth grade and since then I use social media to know what’s going on in the world and seeing new things come out. My favorite thing is there are people just like me or who I can look up to. Social media can be hard, though, because once one thing is out there, everyone knows it in a split second. If you post something, you have so many opinions rolling and can be judged, which is how I have felt a couple times. I’ve been digitally bullied by nasty comments that people have said behind the phone that they are too scared to say face to face.

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Uses Instagram for one to two hours when not in school I started using Instagram in seventh grade. It’s fun to see pictures of my friends and their vacations and pets and other things. I like to see what’s on Instagram, but I don’t really post a real lot myself. I haven’t been bullied, but I have heard of a few kids being bullied. If it happened to me, I’d probably get advice from my mom or shut down my account for a while to take a break.

Ellen MacEntee, Jane’s mom I follow Jane online and I’ve asked her not to post too many pictures of her doing things with friends. I don’t want others to feel left out. If I see her on it too much, I tell her to put it away or I take it away for the rest of the day. She also leaves it downstairs to charge at night, so isn’t on it in her room at night. She thinks it’s fun to see friends who live far away or who are gone for the summer. She has cousins who

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live in another state and likes following them and keeping up with what they are doing. My concerns are that I don’t want her to post anything she will regret later, but so far she posts more on the account she has for our dog. It’s pretty innocent thus far, but she is young and she is also unusual in that she doesn’t care about it that much.

Julia Brummell, 14, Oak Park Uses Instagram and Snapchat for about two hours a day Social media has added to my life because I can contact people that I may not always be able to talk to in person or that I have lost touch with. I have made many friends by just Snapchatting them. My favorite thing is being able to see what everyone’s up to and finding new people to follow. But I’ve definitely had some struggles with social media. I feel very pressured to post something exactly right and that gave me so much anxiety that I actually deleted all of my posts off Instagram and had the app deleted from my phone for a solid month. Social media can be stressful and it’s very

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refreshing to take a break. If you’re being digitally bullied, always screenshot whatever messages or harassment that’s being sent to you so that you can show someone who can help you.

Lee Brummell, Julia’s mom Julia was 11 when she got her first phone and we allowed her to get Instagram. A few months later she got Snapchat. We encourage her to limit her time and she’s very responsible about following the limit we’ve recommended. While it’s a positive for her to stay connected with friends, I also worry about too much time spent watching what others are doing. For some children, it’s stressful to feel left out of social gatherings. They’re constantly being reminded of things that they aren’t a part of and that can be stressful.

Ella Petruczenko, 13, Wheaton Uses Instagram and Snapchat for more than two hours a day on her phone Social media is so easy to use and I use Insta and Snap to text

Uses Instagram for about an hour a day I like social media to find things out that my friends are doing. My favorite is then talking about it and knowing what is going on with them. I have never had a bad experience on social media or been bullied. If I ever was bullied, I would deal with it by blocking them so that they couldn’t do it anymore. I would then tell my mom and dad so they could contact the other kid’s parents.

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Loving Ellie Grace

An extraordinary journey to motherhood BY WHITNEY REYNOLDS PHOTOS BY JUAN CARLOS PELAYO


he moment Rebecca Kuntz saw twins Ellie and Prince she remembers thinking they were the missing pieces of her life she didn’t even know she was missing. Critically ill, doctors gave the orphaned pair only a 1 percent chance of survival. Undeterred, Kuntz knew she was meant to be their mom.

Tell us about your motherhood journey? My motherhood journey has been anything but ordinary to say the least. When I was younger I imagined myself following the American Dream path: college, career, marriage, purchasing a house and then children. Never in a million years did I expect to travel to Ghana, West Africa, at 18, spend six years there and return to America at 24 being a single parent to an adopted child with disabilities. This is not the path I envisioned—it is infinitely better, greater and more joyous than I could ever have imagined. While living in Ghana working with various nonprofits I was contacted regarding a heartbreaking situation that left a CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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LOVING ELLIE GRACE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 set of “underdeveloped” twins orphaned. I worked with my staff to arrange for them to be brought to a local foster home where they could have roundthe-clock care. They fought hard to get stronger while I worked on the legal paperwork to gain custody of them. Tragically, Prince passed away after their first birthday, mere weeks before my court date to be granted custody. When I got custody of Ellie she was 16 months old, weighed 5 pounds and was very, very sick. For months I stayed up all night with her to give medication, fluids, and feedings and slowly she grew and became healthier. It is hard to believe that she just turned 6 and runs in her walker, loves dancing to “Frozen,” knows a long list of facts about penguins, and has many friends whom she adores. She is my miracle through and through. What was it like finally knowing that Ellie was going to be officially yours? Ellie’s adoption day was the best day of my life thus far. I held Ellie in my arms as a judge in a tiny courtroom in Accra, Ghana, stated “she is yours and you are hers, forever, as if she were born to you.” I started crying as it was the moment I had been waiting and fighting for for over three years. I always knew Ellie was my daughter, but having it legalized and validated meant we were one step closer to going home to America. If I knew then what I know now, going through 3.5 years of immense hardship, struggle and opposition to go through the process of fostering and adopting her, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Ellie is worth it all, being her mom is

the greatest honor in the world, and watching her thrive is my biggest joy. Single parenting can be hard. What has helped you always push through? I always say “it takes a village to raise an Ellie,” because truly, it does. On any given week I work with, or Ellie is seen by: at least one doctor (sometimes three to four), 5-10 physical & occupational & speech therapists, nurses, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, teachers, schedulers, equipment vendors, care coordinators, the list goes on and on. Without these people on Team Ellie, our life would not be possible. Personally, Ellie and I have been blessed with an incredible group of friends, most of whom also have adopted children with disabilities. We often come together and tag team the tasks at hand. ...This rag tag village is how we survive. Without these friends, single parenting would be very difficult, and definitely a lot less fun. Can you tell us what a day is like for a parent with a child who has special needs? My day-to-day life with Ellie is pretty typical for a 6-year-old... we just do things a little differently. Ellie is just like any other kid. She has her favorite movies and she still gets timeouts if she has an attitude, she loves to do adventurous things like go on roller coasters and ride her bike, she has lots of friends, and she always tries to get me to allow her to stay up late. Our family motto is “adapt and conquer.” Ellie wanted to ski, so I found an adaptive ski program that she could participate in. Ellie wanted to swim, so I researched and found a swim float that can hold her up. Ellie loves

penguins, so I booked a penguin documentary genre. I not only encounter at the local zoo. learned the technical aspects of There is nothing Ellie can’t do! filming and editing, but how to She does not let her physical tell my own story, as well as emdisability hold her back in the power others to tell theirs. On slightest and she sees herself my first trip to Ghana I started like any other 6-year-old. a blog to keep friends and Certainly, there are family updated, but extra things that it quickly gained ■ I have to do for traction and tens For more inspirational Ellie that other of thousands interviews or to see parents don’t all over the Rebecca and Ellie in do like GTube world became action, watch The Whitney changes, interested in Reynolds Show Mondays purchasing exmy work and at 6:30 p.m. on pensive adaptive life in Ghana. Lakeshore PBS. equipment, lifting When Ellie came her in and out of bed, along I started sharstanders and walkers, hundreds ing about our life, travels of hours of therapy per year, and journey to adoption. It is so but we do not dwell on these heartwarming to get messages things. They are simply part of from people saying how even our life, but they are not our just Ellie’s smile has brightened whole life. their day. What has become your platform? Through working at a high school’s student television station, I fell in love with

How can we get involved? I share photos, videos, tutorials and updates at instagram.com/lifewithelliegirl and lifewithelliegrace.com.

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f you’re like me, I could devour spicy tuna maki every day, but my kids don’t always want to roll with it. So, here are seven sushi restaurants in the Chicago area that not only serve great sushi, but also unique dining experiences or other options for the non-raw-fish-eating folks.

1. Tokio Pub tokiopub.com This Japanese, Latin and American fusion pub is connected to Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg. It’s famous for its Hot Rock appetizers (sizzle your own filet mignon or ahi tuna on a very hot rock) and Ramen Burgers (yup, a burger served on ramen fried into circular-shaped buns). Tokio Pub recently launched a new kids’ menu, with a variety of healthy and indulgent options. Kids can order Cucumber & Avocado Rolls, Steak Tacos, Sweet & Sour Chicken Bites and even that Ramen Burger as a slider. The Tokio Spicy Tuna Roll is a favorite and the Red Dragon Roll looks super snazzy. At the end of the meal, try the beignets that burst with warm, melted chocolate in your mouth.

2. Shakou

shakourestaurants.com Think Shakou when you’re craving a swanky, loungy vibe. The sushi is inventive and while it can be pricey, I do recommend bringing the kids every now and then. Locations in Libertyville, St. Charles, Barrington, Park Ridge and Arlington Heights. Bento boxes, mac ‘n cheese, chicken teriyaki and cheese pizza grace the kids’ menu. Milk, soda or Ramune, a Japanese soda, is included with each kids’ meal.

3. Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar

rotarysushi.com Conveyor belt sushi is a concept out of Japan that makes for quick and easy eating and an exciting experience. I loved the clean, modern atmosphere of Sushi + Rotary Sushi in Chicago (also in Aurora’s Fox Valley Mall). More than 90 dishes, including salads, dessert and sushi, rotate around the restaurant and diners can choose what they’d like to eat immediately or order from the tablet, which will send a car to deliver the grub. Plates are color coded by price. Try sushi sandwiches and tacos. Kids’ meals are served in little cars that include fruit and French fries. 30 September 2019 CHICAGOPARENT.COM

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4. Sushi Station

sushistation.us This conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Rolling Meadows and Elgin isn’t fancy, but it sure was packed when we visited. Similar to other rotary sushi restaurants, color-coded plates whiz around the belt offering sushi, sashimi, fruit, desserts and sides. The kids gravitated towards the fruit (strawberries with cream, pineapple and kiwi) while the adults devoured as much spicy maki as we could manage.

5. Taste of Tokyo thetasteoftokyo.com If the idea of a floating sushi bar floats your boat, then you are in luck. This cozy Buffalo Grove restaurant features all-you-can-eat sushi that travels around on little wooden boats. See something you like, grab it. Sides like edamame and eggrolls come around too or you can order dishes like chicken teriyaki off the menu.

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6. Hub 51 hub51chicago.com When you think of Hub 51 in Chicago you might not think of sushi; but its maki game is awesome for families with half-price sushi 3-6 p.m. daily. Order a Tuna & Thai Basil, Spicy Shrimp & King Crab or a handful of other options for less than $10 each. Plus, the new “Happiest Hour” promotion gets your group free Pulled Chicken Nachos when you pay $20 per adult for two drinks of choice.

tsukasaoftokyo.com This hibachi-style restaurestau rant (think flying knives, flipping food, flames and a whole bunch of fun) specializes in Teppan Yaki (hot steel cooking). They also serve seafood, steaks, salads and sushi, with many rolls named after Chicago Bears players. Find locations in Vernon Hills and Kildeer. Expect veggie slinging and egg flipping as fried rice, shrimp and other favorites are prepared at the table.

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Our family’s story of love and loss Dealing with pet loss from a mom who has been there: ■ Encourage your child to ask questions ■ Validate your child’s feelings ■ Remind your child what a good life they gave your pet ■ Allow your child time to grieve and realize it may be different than your grief ■ Provide your child with a tangible reminder of your pet (a photo, stuffed animal, etc.)



n a Wednesday, at 8:49 p.m., my husband and I made the difficult decision to say goodbye to our beloved 18-year-old cat, Tiger. Some of the details of our conversation with the vet, like “kidney disease” and “no treatment options” blurred together, but I won’t forget looking at the clock at the exact moment of heartbreak, sealing those raw feelings in my memory.

The whole thing was a complete shock. Just two hours earlier, I’d noticed that our usually vocal and active cat was lethargic. While I had a gut feeling something wasn’t right, I put on a brave face for the kids, wrapped her up in a blanket and sent my husband off to the vet. I waited by my phone for the next hour as they ran blood tests. And then, amidst my worry, compulsive need to clean to distract my mind and the sound of “Paw Patrol” in the background, Brian called me. The

vet was on speaker, and I felt like an outsider watching a nightmare unfold. “Would you like to bring her home so the kids can say goodbye?” she asked. Suddenly, my mindset changed. My kids. Oh my God, my sweet, young daughters. How could they cope with this when I couldn’t even begin to comprehend it? What do I tell them? We were hesitant, but decided to bring the girls to the vet to say goodbye to Tiger. Because the vet didn’t know if Tiger had days or hours

to live, we didn’t want to chance that she could die at home in the kids’ presence. My then-2-year-old daughter Ellie was so innocent. The wonderful office staff at the vet gave her a coloring book and put on “Shrek” for her. She said goodbye to Tiger, but I think she thought Tiger was going away to play hide-and-seek. My 5-year-old Hayley was another story entirely. I explained to her on the way over that like my parent’s dog, Tiki, who went to heaven a few months prior, Tiger was sick and needed to join him. “Why can’t the vet help her, isn’t that their job?” she pleaded with me. “How will they find each other in heaven?” she asked persistently. The questions kept on coming. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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Here are a few books that helped us cope with pet loss: ■ Badger’s Parting Gifts (Susan Varley) ■ Cat Heaven (Cynthia Rylant) ■ Here in the Garden (Briony Stewart) ■ The Invisible String (Patrice Karst) ■ The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise (Adrian Raeside)

Now, just three hours after sitting around the table eating spaghetti and meatballs, worrying only about finalizing our weekend plans, Hayley was saying goodbye to the first animal she’s ever known. The cat that attended her tea parties; the easy-going animal who tolerated piggy back rides from the kids; the cuddle companion that slept on the foot of their beds when they needed comfort. I watched as Hayley pulled a beaded necklace out of her pocket that she strung together when Tiger had gone to the vet. It was colorful and had a Little Mermaid charm in the middle, her favorite. The vet made sure Tiger was wearing

the necklace as she took her last breath. “I’ll love you forever, Tiger,” she said while my heart sank to the floor. Just as I anticipated, my sensitive kindergartner was asking all kinds of questions, tossing and turning throughout the night. “Why do animals die”? “Who decides when we die?” “Why can’t we live forever?” I told Hayley she could continue to ask questions, but for most of them, there weren’t answers. Like any modern-day mom, I turned to Mamatribe on Facebook for words of wisdom. I was fearful of giving the wrong answers. There, I found a place of support, encouragement and resources. It was

cathartic to read stories from moms who’ve been where I was and who’ve come out stronger. Despite the different circumstances in everyone’s story, one common theme kept coming up: be honest with your child and try not to sugarcoat it. “Kids are resilient, sometimes more than we give them credit for,” one mom reminded me. As parents, all we can do is listen, validate their feelings and try to help them make sense of this thing called life. I truly believe that while Tiger has left our life, she will never leave our hearts. In the days after her death, Hayley and Ellie drew photos and wrote letters to her, and we taped them to balloons and sent them up to heaven. It was a beautiful, intimate moment for our family.


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inding the right high school can be a cause of concern for Chicago parents, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Grace Sawin, founder of Chicago School GPS, shares some tips on how to take the stress out of the process of finding the best place for your child.

Knowledge is power We fear the unknown, so the more you know about finding a school, the less fear you and your kids will have. Learning about how the high school selection process works and the wide variety of high schools often brings families peace of mind. The Hidden Gems Chicago High School Fair Sept. 29 features about three dozen high schools in and around Chicago with a variety of different styles. Both Chicago public high schools and private schools participate in the fair, which is a good place for families to begin their search. Sawin says that, after attending, parents will understand that there are many choices and a fit for every

student. For those ready to dive in deeper, it’s a great way to get an insight into a large number of schools in a short amount of time. “Parents are pleasantly surprised when they see that there are multiple places where their kids could be happy,” Sawin says.

Spread your net wide Once a student discovers schools that would be a good fit, they should strongly consider applying to a number of them. While students can only receive two offers from CPS, Sawin recommends submitting many more applications. Doing so “alleviates the worry that you won’t get in anywhere,” says Sawin. She also notes that there can be several different pathways into one school. For example, there are several different ways to gain admission to Lincoln Park High School, including by audition, the IB program and the double honors program. “That gives you three bites of the apple,” she says.

Start early “Starting early helps destress the process,” Sawin says. The best time to begin learning about the process is

when a student reaches sixth grade, she says. Visit one or two “high interest” schools to determine requirements and enter seventh grade with a goal. In seventh grade, attend high school open houses, not just for the “high interest” schools, but other possible academic and social fits.

opinions needed to rank those options.”

Families are often surprised to learn that CPS asks students to rank their lottery-based selections. Starting early can help give families time “to see schools and formulate the

Keep in mind that schools are organic and can change, even in a few years. “A lot of people go off old information. Get up-todate information and recognize that sometimes the quality of

Do your own research Middle school parents can attest to the many conversations they have about high school. Everyone has an opinion, but there is no substitute for doing your own research.


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high school choice | special advertising section education is there, but people haven’t heard about it,” Sawin says. Also, she adds, one student’s experience is not always indicative of what your child’s experience would be. Don’t rely on information from others. Talking to officials from schools and seeing them firsthand is the best way to feel comfortable with your decisions.

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Social shifts are less scary than they seem Leaving an established social network and starting at a new school can be a source of stress for some kids and parents. Sawin notes that this is typically one of the worries that dissipates the fastest for parents, and it’s often a non-issue one month into the school year. She cautions against permitting students to choose a high school based on where their friends are going. Even if they are in the same school, it’s

possible that they will never have a class together. “Often, teens are ready for a new set of faces. Even neighborhood high schools draw a bigger swath of students and it can be refreshing,” Sawin says.

Shift your perspective Even if your middle schooler doesn’t want to admit it, they

pay attention to their parents. Sawin says parental attitude about the high school selection process is very important and sets the tone for the entire family. If you’re not stressed about it, chances are your child won’t be, either. “Instead of dreading the process, see it as an opportunity,” she says.

De Le Salle Institute High School 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Admission: $15/family in advance, $25/family at the door CHIschoolgps.com The annual event includes seminars and workshops for parents and students, including school presentations, the ins and outs of the high school admissions process and peerto-peer time with current high school students.


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Lycée Français de Chicago

Roycemore School

1929 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago (773) 665-0066 lyceechicago.org

Lycée Français de Chicago offers a worldclass pre-K to 12 education in a multicultural, multilingual learning environment. Our outstanding programs, including our Englishbased IB, open student minds to the world.

Open House: Nov. 2

1200 Davis St., Evanston (847) 866-6055 RoycemoreSchool.org


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GEMS World Academy Chicago

Roycemore School

Open House: Oct. 27

59 W. North Blvd., Chicago (312) 582-6000 LatinSchool.org

New High School Campus will be located at 355 E. Wacker Drive

We offer an IB Diploma program rooted in an inquiry-based exploration of Chicago, in which students learn by doing. Students have the rare opportunity to craft culture and leave a legacy.


Latin School of Chicago

350 E. South Water St., Chicago

(312) 809-8941 gemschicago.org

Roycemore is an intentionally small school where teachers challenge students to help them reach their full potential. The range of ages provides opportunities for leadership and mentoring that bring out the best in each child.


Open House: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26.

Latin School of Chicago provides its students with a rigorous and innovative educational program in a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas.

Open House: Oct. 27

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Intrinsic Schools: A network of schools serving Chicago students with the Belmont campus earning a Level 1+ CPS Rating for the past four years. We prepare all students to graduate college & career ready and we partner with families & our community to ensure your child’s continued postsecondary success!

Intrinsic offers:

• 1:1 technology and team teaching • Personalized learning approach • Variety of student clubs and extracurricular activities • Warm & collaborative classrooms

Open House Dates:

Thursday, October 17th at 6pm

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Beacon Academy

Chicago Waldorf School

1574 Sherman Ave., Evanston (224) 999-1177 BeaconAcademyil.org

Beacon Academy re-imagines high school education with a Montessori and IB program, bringing together brain science-based practices, challenging curriculum, and student agency.

Open House: 1:30 p.m., Nov. 9

5200 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 465-2662 ChicagoWaldorf.org

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Saint Patrick High School

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British International School of Chicago, South Loop

5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 282-8844 StPatrick.org

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Saint Patrick High School is the premier school for a transformative, all-male college prep Lasallian Catholic high school education.

Open House: Oct. 24 and Nov. 14

Chicago Waldorf High School is redefining rigor. While traditional schools teach to the test, we provide real world experience and, with a 100 percent college acceptance rate, get real world results.

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Our school appreciates that every child is unique, BISC-SL students enjoy a personalized approach to learning through which they are inspired to Be Ambitious.

Open House: 9 a.m.-noon and 4-8 p.m., Nov. 7 and Jan. 9.

MICHAEL HENDERSON, British International School


Saturday, November 9, 1:30-4pm RSVP: beaconacademyil.org/admissionsevents/

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Bennett Day School

955 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 236-6388 BennettDay.org/upperschool

The mission of our school is to advance creativity and innovation in education. Through a project-based learning curriculum, we empower curious students in a complex world.

Open House: For families considering grades 6-12: Sept. 26, Oct. 19. See all dates at bennettday.org/events

MARTIN MORAN, Bennett Day School

Intrinsic Schools Downtown campus (708) 887-2810 IntrinsicSchools.org

Intrinsic Schools is a great choice for students, our unique classroom model encourages creativity and academic ownership for each student.

Open House: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 21, 9 a.m.10:30 a.m. Nov. 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Jan. 18

Bennett Day School

Lycee Francais de Chicago

955 W. Grand Ave, Chicago

Pre K -12th Grade

312-236-6388 BennettDay.org/ upperschool/ PK-12

1929 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 773-665-0066

Upcoming Open Houses for families considering grades 6-12: 9/26/19 and 10/19/19 Upcoming Information Sessions for families considering grades PreK-2: 9/12/19, 9/19/19, 9/26/19 Private tours available for families considering grades 3-5 See all dates at bennettday.org/ events/

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Open House – Saturday, November 2, 2019

Saint Patrick High School 5900 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634 773-282-8844 StPatrick.org

Open houses: October 24 & November 14

Latin School of Chicago Pre K -12th Grade

59 W. North Blvd., Chicago

Open house dates are November 7 and January 9. 9 am – 12 pm & 4 pm – 8 pm.

312-582-6000 LatinSchool.org

Middle/Upper School Open House Sunday, October 27, 2019


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The Ancona School 4770 S. Dorchester, Chicago 773-924-2356 AnconaSchool.org 3 years - 8th Grade

Open House dates: 10/19/19- 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 11/13/19- 9:30 am - 11:30 am 12/10/19- 9:30 am - 11:30 am 1/15/20- 9:30 am - 11:30 am 2/13/20- 9:30 am - 11:30 am 4/15/20- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Avery Coonley School 1400 Maple Ave., Downers Grove 630-969-0800 AveryCoonley.org

Dates for upcoming Admission Tours, registration required: October 23 (Early Childhood) October 29 (K-8) November 8 (Early Childhood, K-8) December 13 (Early Childhood, K-8) Pre-K ~ 8th grade independent school for academically gifted students.

Chicago Waldorf School Andersonville and Lincoln Square


Early Childhood Open Houses Andersonville AND Lincoln Square Campuses 9:00-11:00am September 21, 2019 October 12, 2019 Pre-K thru 8th Grade 8:30am-10:30am | Andersonville Campus October 17, 2019 November 14, 2019 January 16, 2019 High School 9:00am-10:30 am | Andersonville Campus October 17, 2019 November 14, 2019 January 16, 2019

Sacred Heart Schools 6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago 773-681-8418 SHSChicago.org

Pre-Kindergarten – 8th Grade Admissions Coffees: 9:15-11:15 am Friday, October 11 Wednesday, October 23 Wednesday, November 6 Friday, November 15 Friday, December 6 Friday, February 7 Friday, March 27 Friday, May 1

German International School Chicago 1726 W Berteau, Chicago 773-857-3000 GermanSchoolChicago.com Now enrolling Preschool - Grade 8 Friday, Sept 27, 10 am - 12:00 pm Friday, Oct 4, 10 am - 12:00 pm Friday, Oct 18, 10 am - 12:00 pm Friday, Nov 1, 10 am - 12:00 pm Friday, Nov 15, 10 am - 12:00 pm Friday, Dec 13, 10 am - 12:00 pm

Intrinsic Schools 4540 W Belmont Ave, Chicago 708-887-2735 IntrinsicSchools.org

Open House Dates: Thursday, October 17th at 6 pm Tuesday, November 19th at 6 pm Saturday, December 7th at 9 am

Intrinsic Schools Downtown Campus 79 W. Monroe, Chicago 708-887-2810 IntrinsicSchools.org

Monday October 21st 6:30 - 8p m Saturday November 23rd 9am - 10:30 am Thursday December 5th 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Saturday January 18th 9 am - 10:30 am

Roycemore School 1200 Davis St, Evanston 847-866-6055 RoycemoreSchool.org Grades K-12 Sunday, October 27th 1 pm – 3 pm

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Open Houses Lower School Open House (JK-3rd Grades) - Saturday, October 26 at 9 a.m. Middle School Open House (6th8th Grades) - Saturday, November 9 at 1 p.m. Upper School Open Houses (9th12th Grades) - Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m. Register online at fwparker.org/ openhouse

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SEPTEMBER Passport Europe Festival

Frida a Fest. Fest Fe st. Enjoy live music, live visual art, live dance, authentic Mexican food vendors and more in a kick-off to the yearlong celebration of Frida Kahlo at McAninch Arts Center. Sept. 8.

Chicago Jazz Festival

County Fair Chicago.

Taste of Polonia.

Live music, dancing, carnival games and food. Lace up your dancing shoes for a traditional barn dance once the sun goes down at Bank of America Auditorium. Sept. 7-8.

Features four stages of music, Polish cuisine and a Kids World in Chicago. Sept. 1-2.

Chicago Jazz Festival. Live jazz in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. Sept. 1.

African Festival of the Arts. Festival

Touch a Truck. Touch, Lambs Farm Fall on the Farm

highlighting African culture features dancing, music, art and entertainment in Washington Park. Sept. 1-2.

Irish Days. A tribute to culture, music, food and Guinness in Long Grove. Sept. 1-2.

Naperville Last Fling. Enjoy entertainment, live music, carnival, contests and a Family Fun Land. Sept. 1.

Stroller Tours. Caregivers & kids discover the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibitions with a docent. Sept. 4. Mama Fresh Family Days. Enjoy Family Yoga, story times, free music, crafts and more at Hyde Park Farmers Market. Sept. 5.

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Stars of Lyric Opera. Listen to Lyric Opera stars under the stars in Millennium Park. Sept. 6.

Throwback Music Festival. In addition to music acts, there will be arts and crafts and kids’ activities at Gladstone Park in Chicago. Sept. 6-8.

feel and climb through a variety of vehicles at Berens Park in Elmhurst. Sept. 7.

Bird is the Word. Enjoy a visit from American Racing Pigeon Union, see these amazing birds up close and even experience a release at Morton Arboretum. Sept. 8.

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. Features music, a beer and wine garden and an interactive children’s area. Sept. 14-15.

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Calendar Autumn in the Park Festival. Includes a parade, music, games and a kids’ area in Palos Park. Sept. 20-22.

Long Grove Apple Fest. Get your apple fix and participate in family activities. Sept. 20-22.

Long Grove Apple Fest Photo courtesy Grimaldi Public Relations

Lakeview Taco Fest. In addition to tacos and music, features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids’ activity area and arts/ crafts. Sept. 21-22.

Smithsonian Museum Day. A free day for museums all over the country. Sept. 21.

Lambs Farm Fall on the Farm. Fall-themed crafts and activities will be available at the Libertyville farm. Sept. 21.

Passport Europe Festival. Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe at Morton Arboretum. Sept. 21-22.

National Geographic Live: Between River & Rim. National Geographic explorers shed light on the environmental threats National Parks face while sharing stories of their treks at The Auditorium Theatre. Sept. 24.

and entertainment on three stages, arts crafts, and KinderFest with face paintings, storytelling, inflatables, dance parties and art activities. Sept. 27-29.

Edgewater Arts Festival. Kid-friendly activities include face painting, finger painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, interactive puppet shows, and arts and crafts. fts. Sept. 28-29.

Apple Pie Off. Oak Park Library’s baking contest open to bakers of all ages and skill levels. Judges will rate each pie on taste, appearance and creativity. Sept. 28. Fall Fun Fest & Duck Race. Enjoy a duck race and festival outside of the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum. Sept. 29.

Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus. Features food, music

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estooned with an artistic sail, The Ship of Tolerance was born of the concept to teach young people about kids their own age across the globe. In 2005, children and young adults discussed tolerance, then drew art to reflect the discussion. The art was translated to a giant sail that sits on the mast of the ship that has “sailed” the globe to keep the discussion going. Beginning Sept. 17 and coinciding with Expo Chicago, The Ship of Tolerance will dock in Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier. The concept art piece has been seen in Miami and Brooklyn, and will take a trip around London before making its way to Chicago. “We are all afraid of the unknown,” says artist Emilia Kabakov in a release. “Like a child, you are afraid of something coming at you from the darkness of different religions, different races. We work with these fears—trying to eliminate them, trying to learn about the others—and trying to make our audience understand that knowledge is a tool, which helps with communication.” Hillary Bird

Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus

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Taste of Polonia. Features four stages of music, Polish cuisine and a Kids World. $10, free kids 12 and under. Noon-10 p.m. Copernicus Center. (773) 777-8898, topchicago.org.

Chicago Jazz Festival. Live jazz in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. Visit website for performance schedule. Millennium Park. (312) 744-3315, chicagojazzfestival.us.

Live on the Lake. Live, family-friendly music and performances at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier. Visit website for schedule. Navy Pier. navypier. org.

Secret Agent Storytime. Sing, dance, read books and make crafts with Agent Zach and your friends, parents, and siblings. 11 a.m.-noon. The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (646) 239-9625, facebook.com/ events/352704895576700.

African Festival of the Arts. Festival highlighting African culture features dancing, music, art and entertainment. Visit website for ticket information. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Washington Park. (773) 955-2787, africanfestivalchicago.com.

Bristol Renaissance Faire. Take a trip through Elizabethan England. $25.95, $11.50 kids, free kids 4 and under. Visit the website for discounted tickets. 10 a.m.-7 47) p.m. Bristol Renaissance, Wis. (847) 395-7773, renfair.com/Bristol.

Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County. $10-$125. Naperville Central High School, Naperville. (630) 961-4143, lastfling.org.

Frankfort Fall Festival. l. Features artisans, entertainment, carnival and a parade. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Downtown Frankfort. (815) 469-3356, frankfortfallfestival.info.

Nashwood. Highwood restaurants will feature Nashville hot chicken, chicken and waffles, fresh biscuits, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and more. Fees for food. Highwood. celebratehighwood.org/nashwood. Irish Days. A tribute to culture, music, food and Guinness. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Long Grove. (847) 634-0888, visitlonggrove.com.

Fox Valley Folk Festival. Features folk music and storytelling, plus a barn dance and ghost stories. $20, free kids 12 and under. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Island Park, Geneva. (630) 897-3655, foxvalleyfolk.com.

Naperville Last Fling. Enjoy entertainment, live music, carnival, contests and a Family Fun Land.

4 | WEDNESDAY Stroller Tours. Caregivers & kids discover the MCA’s exhibitions with a docent, exploring galleries without concern that their baby or st stroller will disrupt the tour. Free w with admission 11:30 a.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. mcachicago.org. m


Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo


Mama Fresh Family Days. E Enjoy Family Yoga, story times, fr free music, crafts and more while ch checking out vendors with prod duce, flowers, baked goods, and ja jams/jellies, in addition to handcr crafted items by local artisans. 8:30 a. a.m.-noon. Hyde Park Farmers Market, Chicago. facebook.com/ hydeparkchicagofarmersmarket.

Taste of Polonia. See Sept. 1. Today’s schedule: noon-9 p.m.

Frankfort Fall. See Sept. 1. Today’s schedule: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Irish Days. See Sept. 1. Today’s schedule: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fox Valley Folk Festival. See Sept. 1.

African Festival of the Arts. See Sept. 1.

Bristol Renaissance Faire. See Sept. 1.

6 | FRIDAY Festival de la Villita. Cultural event celebrates Mexico’s independence. Fees for carnival rides. 6-10 p.m. 26th Street & Kostner, Chicago. (773) 868-3010, chicagoevents.com/events/ fiestaspatrias.

Stars of Lyric Opera. Listen to Lyric Opera stars under the stars. 7:30 p.m. Millennium Park, Chicago. lyricopera.org.

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Calendar Nature Museum Camp Out. Kids ages 7-11 and their parents enjoy an evening under the stars—complete with s’mores, animal encounters, nature-inspired crafts and more. Families are first invited to join the Camp Out Sleepunder from 6-8 p.m., then sleep in the museum overnight. $40 sleepover, $15 adult & $10 camper for sleepunder; registration required. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago. naturemuseum.org.

Drop-In Small Wonders Art for Kids. On the first Friday of each month, artists ages 4-12 take part in a variety of creative visual and performing arts activities. Drop off begins at 4:10 p.m., and artists should wear appropriate painting clothes. $5 donation. 4:15-6:15 p.m. Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin. sidestreetstudioarts.org.

Throwback Music Festival. In addition to music acts, there will be arts and crafts and kids’ activities. $5 donation. 4-10 p.m. Gladstone Park, Chicago. (773) 868-3010, throwbackmusicfest.com.

Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival.

About the calendar The deadline for submitting listings for the October issue is Aug. 26. All events are subject to change. Please confirm before you go. Events taking place on four or more dates during the month are listed in Ongoing Events, beginning on page 53. ■

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County Fair Chicago. Live music, dancing, carnival games and food. Lace up your dancing shoes for a traditional barn dance once the sun goes down Saturday night. $10, free 12 and under. Noon-10 p.m. Bank of America Auditorium. countyfairchicago.com.

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest. Mouth-watering foods, music, artisans and kids’ activities.

$5 donation. Noon-10 p.m. Damen & Roscoe. bourbonandbbq.com.

Festival de la Villita. See Sept. 6. Today’s schedule: 2-10 p.m.

Throwback Music Festival. See Sept. 6. Today’s schedule: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. SUBURBS

Touch a Truck. Touch, feel, and climb through a variety of vehicles. 9 a.m.-noon. Berens Park, Elmhurst. (630) 993-8900, epd.org.

Enjoy live entertainment and a kids’ art booth. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Downers Grove. (630) 725-0991, downtowndg. org.

Prairie Farmstead Tour. Enjoy a short and easy 90-minute walk to learn about the National Registereligible Rodgers/Schumacher Farmstead. Free, preregistration required. 9:30-11 a.m. Midewin Welcome Center, Wilmington. (815) 423-6370, fs.usda.gov/main/ midewin/home. The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ. Festivities include live music, a dunk tank and activities for kids. Crescent Boulevard & Main Street, Glen Ellyn. glenellynbackyardbbq. org.

Tails on the Trails. Enjoy a day out with your pup at the arboretum. $5 per dog plus admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (dogs allowed 7 a.m.sunset). The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb. org.

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Botanic Illustration. Teens and adults can join scientific illustrator Alex Boersma for an afternoon drawing and painting nature. $75, $70 members (no materials); $100, $95 member (with materials). 2-6 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. naturemuseum.org.

Low-Sensory Early Exploration. Guests can explore featured exhibits in a less crowded and more sensory-friendly environment. Preregistration required. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.

County Fair Chicago. See Sept. 7. Today’s schedule: noon-9 p.m.

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest. See Sept. 7 Festival de la Villita. See Sept. 6. Today’s schedule: 2-10 p.m.

Throwback Music Festival. See Sept. 6. Today’s schedule: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.


Grandparents Day. Enjoy fun, intergenerational family activities in the historic buildings. Free with museum admission 1-4 p.m. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org.

Sensory Friendly Sundays.

13 | FRIDAY Middle School Night at The Hub. Kids in grades 6-9 are invited

Families with children who are 18 months to 10 years old who have sensory needs to experience a less crowded Children’s Garden with minimal noise. Free with arboretum admission; registration required. 8:45-9:30 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.

to The Hub at Berens Park for a fun-filled night of mini golf, batting cages, music provided by a DJ and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the concessions stand. $19, $15 residents, preregistration required. 6-9 p.m. Berens Park, Elmhurst. epd.org.

Bird is the Word. Enjoy a visit from American Racing Pigeon Union, see these amazing birds up close and even experience a release. Release times will be at different times during the day and are based on weather. Free with admission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org/events/bird-word.


Scandinavian Day Festival. Celebrates the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. $10, free kids under 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vasa Park, South Elgin. (847) 695-6720, scandinaviandayil.com.

Frida Fest. Enjoy live music, live visual art, live dance, authentic Mexican food vendors and more in a kick-off to the yearlong celebration of Frida Kahlo. Noon-9 p.m. McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org/events/ frida-fest.

Billiards, Chicago. facebook.com/ northrivercommission.

11 | WEDNESDAY Autism Helping Hands Support Group. Parent support group to talk about life transitions, get help & advice, and hear & share stories. 5:30-7 p.m. Higgins Education Center, Hoffman Estates. adc.d211.org/Domain/13.

12 | THURSDAY Lot Jams in Albany Park. Lot Jams is an all-ages event that has live music, activities for kids, and food and drink available. 7-9 p.m. Surge Coffee Bar &


Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. Features music, a beer and wine garden and an interactive children’s area. $5 donation. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Broadway from Belmont Avenue to Roscoe Street. lakevieweastfestivalofthearts.com.

Ravenswood ArtWalk. Enjoy a weekend of art, music, food and community. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Ravenswood Avenue from Irving Park to Lawrence. ravenswoodartwalk.org.


Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant. Tour the inside of one of the few remaining ammunition storage bunkers and learn about the deadly explosion during World War II. Preregistration required. 10 a.m.-noon. Midewin Welcome Center, Wilmington. (815) 423-6370, fs.usda.gov/main/ midewin/home.

Monarch Festival. Includes butterfly arts and crafts, butterfly tagging and more. 2-5 p.m. Oak View Community Center, Oak Lawn. olparks.com.


Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. See Sept. 14. Today’s schedule: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Open Swim. Open Swim is a great opportunity for additional practice outside of swim lessons or to simply have fun in the pool. $10, RSVP recommended. 3-5 p.m. British Swim School, Skokie. (708) 613-5179, BSSChicago.com. 19 | THURSDAY New Music Chicago Presents. New Music Chicago members will play a contemporary concert. Noon-12:45 p.m. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago. newmusicchicago.org.

20 | FRIDAY Long Grove Apple Fest. Get your apple fix and participate in family activities. $5, free kids 12 and under. Noon-11 p.m. Long Grove. longgrove.org/festivals/ apple-fest.

Autumn in the Park Festival. Includes a parade, music, games and a kids’ area. 6-11 p.m. Palos Park Village Green, Palos Park. palospark.org.


Lakeview Taco Fest. In addition to tacos and music, fest features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids’ activity area and arts/crafts. $10 donation. 11

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Homewood Fall Fest a.m.-10 p.m. Southport between Addison and Roscoe. lakeviewtacofest.com.

Smithsonian Museum Day. A free day for museums all over the country. This year’s theme will celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music. Sign up for tickets on the Smithsonian Magazine website. One ticket is good for two people at one museum. Various museums in Chicago & suburbs. smithsonianmag.com.

Andersonville Arts Fest. Features artwork, live music, kids’ activities and food from on-site and neighboring restaurants. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. North Clark & West Winona streets. (847) 926-4300, amdurproductions.com/event/ andersonville-art-festival-2019.


Hooray for Bollywood– Let’s Dance. Dance experts from Bollywood Dance Fit demonstrate how easy and fun to dance on pumping up Bollywood beats. 10-11 a.m., Evergreen Park Public Library, Evergreen Park. evergreenparklibrary.org.

Midewin Geology Tour. See the rocks, hills and plains that show what was here 15,000 years ago. 9 a.m.-noon. Midewin Welcome Center, Wilmington. (815) 423-6370, fs.usda.gov/main/ midewin/home

The Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival. Includes a carnival, pie-

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eating contest and characters from The Wizard of Oz. Visit website for ticket information. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Odyssey Fun Farm, Tinley Park. midwestozfest.com.

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Autumn in the Park Festival. See Sept. 20. Today’s schedule: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Passport Europe Festival. Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe. Free with arboretum admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org/events/ passport-europe-festival.


Andersonville Arts Fest. See Sept. 21.

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Lakeview Taco Fest. See Sept.

Lambs Farm Fall on the Farm. Fall-themed crafts and activities will be available. $8, $15 kids, free 2 and under. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lambs Farm, Libertyville. lambsfarm.org/ marquee-events/fall-on-the-farm.

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Long Grove Apple Fest. See

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Sept. 20. Today’s schedule: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

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Calendar The Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival. See Sept. 21 Passport Europe Festival. See Sept. 21.

24 | TUESDAY National Geographic Live: Between River & Rim. National Geographic explorers shed light on environmental threats facing the Grand Canyon while sharing stories from their trek, accompanied by McBride’s stunning photos and videos. $42+. 7 p.m. The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Chicago. tickets.auditoriumtheatre.org.

27 | FRIDAY Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus. Features food, music and entertainment on three stages, arts crafts, and KinderFest with face paintings, storytelling, inflatables, dance parties and art activities. $5-$10. 5-10 p.m. St. Alphonsus Church, Chicago. (773) 868-3010, oktoberfestchicago.org.

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo. Includes animal chats, music, a pumpkin patch and fall-themed enrichment. Ride tickets cost extra. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. lpzoo.org.

28 | SATURDAY 26 | THURSDAY Writing Club for Kids. Create a story based on a fun writing prompt. Recommended for grades 4-6. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Homewood Public Library, Homewood. (708) 798-0121, homewoodlibrary.org.


Edgewater Arts Festival. Kid-friendly activities include face painting, finger painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, interactive puppet shows, and arts and crafts. The Children’s Music Talent Showcase will feature performances by local elementary school-age children.





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Plus, a “Doggie District” pet show. $5 donation. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Granville Avenue, between Broadway and Kenmore. edge waterartists.com/arts-festival.html.

Cornucopia Fall Festival. Includes pony rides, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and more. $2-$5 activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eugene Field Park, eugenefieldpac.com.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Jazz music, dancing, food and activities for kids. $5 donation requested. 1 p.m-midnight. Hyde Park. hydeparkjazzfestival.org.

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Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus. See Sept. 27. Today’s Fall Fest at Lincoln Park

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Family Day/Open House. Families can see the ranch’s wolves, Siberian tiger, black bear, cougar, skunk and porcupines. $7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Big Run Wolf Ranch, Lockport. (815) 588-0044, bigrunwolfranch.org.

Tim Adams Magic Show. Magician Tim Adamz performs a very magical and interactive show the entire family will enjoy. 2 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, Morton Grove. (847) 929-5102, mgpl.org.

Apple Pie Off. The Apple Pie Off is a baking contest open to bakers of all ages and skill levels. Judges will rate each pie on

Edgewater Arts Festival. See Sept. 28.

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival. See Sept. 28. Today’s schedule: 1 p.m.9:15 p.m.

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo. See Sept. 27.


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Fall Fun Fest & Duck Race. Enjoy a duck race and festival outside of the museum. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn. cmoaklawn. org.

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nspire your kids to make a difference byy introducing them to ordinary kids who ended up doing some pretty extraordinary things. The Elmhurst History Museum this month unveils a traveling exhibit from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis that it has coveted for years. The Power of Children: Making a Difference tells the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White, three children who made a positive difference in the world through words and actions. Expect hands-on interactives and original artifacts. In addition, see the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her

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Animal House. Meet the newest tree-dwelling additions to Peggy Notebaert’s Animal House. Free with admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, naturemuseum.org.

and adult fans. $5, $3 children 3-11, free 2 and under. Zoo admission additional. Through Sept. 29. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. (708) 688-8000, czs.org.

Imagine the Moon, takes a closer look at humanity’s relationship with Earth’s nearest neighbor. Adler Planetarium, Chicago. (312) 922STAR (7827), adlerplanetarium.org.

and under. Thursdays-Sundays beginning Sept. 7 and Labor Day. Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove. (815) 675-9729, richardsonadventurefarm.com.

Drop-in Acorn Express Adventures. Take a family-friend-

Lego Ninjago: Master Wu’s Mission. Discover your elemen-

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney.

Art on theMart. Curated digital art installation across 2.5 acres of theMART’s river façade. About 7-9 p.m. daily. The Merchandise Mart, Chicago. artonthemart.com.

ly tram-ride adventure through the arboretum. Seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft and explore new topics each week. $5. 11-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. (630) 719-2468, mortonarb. org.

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Rooms inspired by Bixbee product design themes, each providing Instagrammable backdrops with engaging activities that boost creativity while creating moments of awareness and self-expression. $30, $23 ages 3-11, Free 2 and under. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. North Avenue Collection, Chicago. bixbeeimaginationstation.com.

Brick Safari. Created from millions of individual Lego bricks, the never-before-seen-in-NorthAmerica sculptures will amaze kids

Step into a larger-than-life version of their hidden world. Told from a bug’s point of view, Fantastic Bug Encounters! invites you to take a closer look at the beauty, diversity and abilities of these resourceful creatures. Explore hands-on stations to learn about the unique superpowers of spiders and insects. $6+, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Field Museum, Chicago. fieldmuseum.org.

Imagine the Moon Sky Show. The planetarium’s sky show,

tal power, create your own ninja battle movie, conquer the Spinjitzu mountain with your newly built mech machine, and show off your ninja skills to Ninja Kai. Free with admission. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Legoland Discovery Center, Schaumburg. (847) 592-9700, chicago.legolanddiscoverycenter. com.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower. Free with admission. 7 a.m.sunset through Sept. 15. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.

Moon Corn Maze. The Richardson Adventure Farm corn maze will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing with two astronauts, the Columbia, the Eagle, an American flag, Earth, stars and the words “Apollo 50,” “Richardson Farm” and “Next Giant Leap.” Activities also include wagon rides, pig races, a vintage carousel and a “park train” that runs on real tracks. Parking is free. $17 ages 13 and up, $14 for ages 4-12 in September. Free 2

Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond. In collaboration with WTTW, Kohl Children’s Museum will debut an exhibit featuring Nature Cat and his friends designed to encourage children to explore the natural world. Free with museum admission. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview. kohlchildrensmuseum.org.

Pop-Up Pianos. Interact with pianos placed throughout town at ACL Laboratories, Donald

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Remembering Dr. King: 19291968. Walk through a gallery of key moments in Dr. King’s work and Civil Rights. Free with museum admission. Chicago History Museum, Chicago. chicagohistory.org/visit.

Troll Hunt. The 15- to 20-foottall trolls invite visitors to interact with them, while elements of the exhibition encourage visitors to consider their personal responsibility as stewards of our environment. Free with arboretum admission. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb. org.

Wired to Wear. The first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and devices designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make us healthier, stronger and safer. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $12, $9 ages 3-11, $6 members. Timed ticket required. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, msichicago.org.


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SUNDAY Family Build Lab. Join experts in the studio for themed stations to introduce you to architecture basics, a design challenge and a take-home project. Family Build is great for families with children 3 and up. $12, free members. 10 a.m. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. architecture.org. Fiddleheads. Join the conservatory each weekend for activities and projects that get kids and families wondering about the plants and the natural world. Each week is a different science-based activity. Noon-4 p.m. Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago. (773) 6381766, garfieldconservatory.org.

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Pavement. The activity is a variety of group painting activities set to music, so children can dance, wiggle and giggle their way to a collaborative masterpiece. Free with museum admission. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, wonder-works.org.

MONDAY Morning Glories. Children and their caregivers can explore different areas of the Children’s Garden. Educators provide story

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Ongoing time, imaginative play and sensory activities. Recommended for 5 and younger. Free, donation requested. 10 a.m.-noon. Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago. (773) 6381766, garfieldconservatory.org.

Shadow Puppet Story Time. An exciting adventure with Bill, the museum’s story time expert, and his trusty sidekick. Free with

museum admission. 11:30 a.m. Wonder Works, Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, wonder-works.org.

Baby & Me. A chance for parents of infants to meet others adjusting to parenthood, ask questions and make friends. A nurse representative from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital will answer questions and facilitate discussions about early childhood developch ment. Free with wi admission. 9:30-11 a.m. Kohl C Children’s Museum, Glenview. Glenview (847) 832-6600, kcmgc.org. kcmgc TUESDAY Kido Books Storytime. The story St

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Wiggleworms at Gallagher Way. Young children and their families can participate in an interactive, social and imaginative musical world with live music, shakers, bubbles, singing and dancing. 10 a.m. through Sept. 24. Gallagher Way, Chicago. gallagherway.com.

Children’s Movies at Gallagher Way. Families can enjoy movies on the big screen. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An American Tail, Sept. 3; Sing, Sept. 17; Minions, Sept. 24. Gallagher Way, Chicago. gallagherway.com.

Mindfulness and More. Oral storytelling and mindful awareness games develop focusing skills. Free with museum admission. 3:30 p.m. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, Oak Park. (708) 3834815, wonder-works.org.

THURSDAY Slot Car Free Play. Enjoy racing slot cars, hot chocolate, a coloring station, a game room with foosball, ping pong, air hockey and more. 5-9 p.m. ThursdaysFridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Fieldhouse Jones, Chicago. fieldhousejones.com. Play Late Thursdays. On the

WEDNESDAY Wild Wednesdays. Kids explore nature, get their hands dirty and discover new things about plants, animals and nature. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 4-7 p.m. Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago. (773) 638-1766, garfieldconservatory. org.

first Thursday of each month, kids take center stage with programs including open mic nights with guest MCs to run the show, themed dance parties for the whole family, kid-friendly and kid-starring performances and more. The rest of the month on Thursdays, entrance late in the day is $14.95 for up to four people, $5 each additional person.

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Ongoing 4-8 p.m. Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier, Chicago. (312) 527-1000. chicagochildrens museum.org.

Ravinia District Food Truck Thursdays. Held on Dean Avenue between Roger Williams and St. Johns avenues, and in Jens Jensen Park, across from the Ravinia Metra Station. Familyfriendly crafts and activities in the park add to the fun. 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. through Sept. 12. Highland Park. cityhpil.com.

Songs and Stories. Join artists at Bubbles Academy every Thursday afternoon for songs and stories. Entry includes cost for open play. $12, free enrolled families.

3:30 p.m. Bubbles Academy, Chicago. bubblesacademy.com.


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story time and fun in the Children’s Garden amphitheater. Free with arboretum admission. 11 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.

independently. For those who need to learn, there is a dropin group instructional session 10-10:30 a.m. Must have a deck of 60 cards. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Cat & Mouse Games, Chicago. cat-n-mouse.com.

Little Squirrels Storytime. Stories and songs celebrating classic literature for preschoolage kids. Free with admission. 10:30-11:30 a.m. American Writers Museum, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org.


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week, kids get a chance to learn more through play, mostly focusing on chemistry, geometry and physics. Free with museum admission. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wonder Works, Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, wonderworks.org.

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he Chicago Riverwalk has gone through so many amazing changes over the past few years and now, it has become a beloved attraction in the city’s downtown area. Stretching for 1.25 miles along the Chicago River, the stroller-friendly path offers public art displays, quick bites, plenty of fun and so much more for your entire family.

Play The Water Plaza Looking to cool down after your walk? The Water Plaza, one of the themed spaces on the Riverwalk, offers a free splash pad for families. This splash pad is elevated and gated away from the river edge, so your kids can roam free and you can take a seat while watching them. Between LaSalle and Wells Avenues bridges Urban Kayaks If your family is up for an adventure, take a challenge and kayak down the Chicago River. Urban Kayaks offers a “Riverwalk Intro Paddle” perfect for families who never tried kayaking before. Parents can ride with kids under 15 in a tandem (two-person) kayak. Experienced kayakers can try out special tours like the “Ultimate Fireworks Outing” and the “Art on the Mart Twilight Paddle” for some sweet views. 435 E. Riverwalk South

The Riverbank What we love about the Chicago Riverwalk is the growing number of public art displays. On the farther end of the Riverwalk, check out the Black Tiberinus by the School of Art Institute Chicago alum, Robert Burnier. The yellow installation is hard to miss on the Riverwalk and while you’re there, take a seat on one of the brightly-colored lawn chairs. Between Franklin Street and Lake Street bridges

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Chicago Riverwalk Community Marketplace New this year, the Riverwalk brings some neighborhood gems to the Riverwalk. Try out the French toast flight at Batter and Berries or curry tacos and savory pies at Chiya Chai Café. Note: Hours vary and businesses may not be open during your visit. 65 E. Riverwalk South

Shop Shop Small Chicago Support local artists at this kiosk hosting a rotating selection of accessories, apparel and lifestyle products. Some products included are honey-infused skincare from BeeLove (North Lawndale) and Chicago-inspired pet collars from Six Point Pet (Ravenswood). Check its website to see which brands are featured in the shop this month. 65 E. Riverwalk South

Neighborly Here’s another great business offering handmade and ecofriendly products. If you’re looking for some cool Chicago-themed products, Neighborly is your onestop-shop to find phone cases, tote bags and apparel showcasing the city we all love. 65 E. Riverwalk South

Explore McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum With all the bridge houses located along the Chicago River, there’s actually one where you can explore inside! The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is certainly worth the visit if you want to take a closer look of massive bridge gears, learn more about the Chicago River and see some nice views from a historic bridge house. Tip: Free admission is offered on Sundays.

Chicago Water Taxi We know that there are a lot of boat tours to choose from on the Chicago River, but if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, the Chicago Water Taxi is where to go. You can get an all-day pass for $10 and ride around downtown as many times as you want (or take it all the way to Chinatown!). 105 W. Riverwalk South

Art on theMART Running through Sept. 29, see incredible digital art projections on The Merchandise Mart. The program begins about 15 minutes after sunset and this year, you can enjoy Art on theMart every single day. Tip: Try to find a seat at The Jetty (located from Wells to Franklin), an area with small piers and floating wetland gardens, which is the best spot to see the projections from the Riverwalk. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza

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Destinos–Chicago International Latino Theater Festival. Chicago’s annual international live theater festival dedicated to showcasing the Latino experience as told by Latino artists and companies from Chicago, the U.S. and Latin America. Begins Sept. 19, see event website for schedule and ticket information. Goodman Theatre, Chicago. clata.org.

Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players. Expect special guests, hilarious puppetry, brand new songs and treasured hits. $20.30. 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200, marriotttheatre.com.

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Midnight Circus in the Parks. Each two-hour show takes place under a little big top tent at a park in Chicago. $5-$22, free kids under 2. Times vary by location and run each weekend. Visit website for schedule. midnightcircus.net.

Newsies. Based on the 1992 movie, Newsies is a rousing musical nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning Best Choreography and Best Score. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $36-$74 beginning Sept. 4. Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, Aurora. paramountaurora. com.

Peter and the Starcatcher. An epic romp through the Neverland you never knew as 13 actors play more than 100 roles. $40-$45. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 20-Oct. 20. Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest. citadeltheatre.org.

Very Hungry Caterpillar - The Show. Based on author/ illustrator Eric Carle’s book, this is the story of an insatiable herbivore munching its way towards butterflyhood. Featuring 75 puppets, the production includes three additional Carle stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and The Very Lonely Firefly. Recommended for all ages. $27. 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning Sept. 28. Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago. chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

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You can always get a new husband. You can’t get a new mom. For me, I would be taking care of my stepmom. SheWITH didn’t FAMILIES have to CONNECTING love me. But did. She didn’t have to be there for me. But she was. And I will always be there for her. Heather W.

◆ Time to get mature with the husband and see what’s going on. Find out his reasons and break through them. Last resort would be to find another living space for you AND your mom so you’ll have two homes. He will see how serious you are. Dar L.

◆ Find a therapist or a mediator to talk through what the issues are and try to come up with a solution. This is too big of an issue with huge reaching consequences to be handled with anything but maturity and reason. Jennifer D.

I’d do anything for my parents and I wouldn’t hesitate. It’s gonna be time consuming, hard and stressful but nothing can repay a parent for all the sacrifices they made for you. Nina G.

Unfortunately this is the issue with many, many people and it’s a hard decision to make. No matter how much you like to be upset with your husband, he has a right to his home and there’s no right answer except that these things should be discussed before marriage. Dorenda C.

Your husband is thinking about you. It is a difficult task looking after an elderly or unwell parent. If you find somewhere close, it may solve all problems. Brigitte P.

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I would take a serious look at what it takes to care for someone. Caring for your mother will likely become a 24/7 job. It’s not the right choice for everyone. For some families, moving an older parent in just totally makes sense, for others it’s nothing but stress. ... It will completely change your life. Emma B.

Your mom will not be around forever, you have to do what you can to help her. You have a voice too, not just the sound of your husband putting his foot down. I remember my parents taking my grandmother in and I would do the same. Definitely a hard decision for you to make. Jennie S.

◆ How we respect our parents and how we sacrifice, as they have, to make their lives better, is a future indication of how we will respect our spouse in that time, and hopefully how our children will respect and treat us. Your husband needs to put his immediate needs aside and recognize this is the time to step up. There is no “foot down” scenario here. There is the right thing to do and the selfish thing to do. Emily P.

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◆ Not going to sugarcoat this, your husband sounds like a jerk and then some. This is your mother, not some long-lost relative that found you on Facebook. Marriage is 50/50. He doesn’t get to make the rules and hopefully he remembers this behavior when his parent’s health begins to fail. April L.

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