Chicago Parent January 2017

Page 1


2017 | FREE


App-y New Year! 12 to try

Winter woes TO WOWS


Decoding the

“fine” Making the Grade education guide inside

CP_Cover_January _2017.indd 5

12/8/16 9:20 AM

SUMMER CAMP June 19th - August 4th

Stay for one week or the entire summer with camp for children ages 3-10. Splash, play and dance your way through the hottest months of the year at one of Chicago’s only fullday camps for preschoolers. Weekly adventures await campers as they explore everything from Lego Robotics to growing crops at our Urban Farm and then cooking with them. Experience a summer like no other. Conveniently located in Wicker Park with half-day options available. Join for one week or all seven Half and full-day camps for preschoolers (3+) Early morning and extended day options Outdoor play areas; climbing wall Daily swimming Weekly specialty camps CHIPAR0117_CV2.indd 1

12/16/16 11:36 AM


Experience for yourself what makes The Drouillard Family LOVE Goldfish: Flexible class times and 30-minute weekly lessons to fit your busy schedule A proven, confidence-building curriculum for kids 4 months to 12 years Tons of extras! Family Swims, private changing rooms, make-up lessons & more

9 Chicagoland Locations!

Burr Ridge • Chicago (Roscoe Village) Evanston • Elmhurst • Naperville • Plainfield • St. Charles Chicago (Wicker Park) • Mundelein

Swim by Goldfish for a FREE Family Swim! Contact your nearest location to schedule your swim today!

Offer expires 2/15/16

3 Locations Coming Soon! Glen Ellyn • Northbrook Arlington Heights

Visit us online at January 2017 1

CHIPAR0117_001.indd 1

12/15/16 10:59 AM

CHIPAR0117_002.indd 1

12/15/16 11:00 AM






1932 N. Clark Street 312.951.1024

430 W. Erie Street 312.344.1926

229 S. Peoria Street 312.733.7580

5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd 773.891.0029


Experience Our Play-Based Learning In Action, Schedule A Tour Today.


CHIPAR0117_003.indd 1

12/15/16 11:00 AM

The Classical Experience begins here

Sapere Aude -- Dare to Know

Aspects of a Classical Education • The rigor of the traditional • The creativity of the progressive • Integrated arts and academics • Analysis that enables critical thinking • Cultural literacy

Our commitment to the liberal arts challenges the ordinary. CGS students enjoy and thrive in an environment that nurtures curiosity, develops academic proficiency, and inspires personal virtue and wisdom.

Chicago Grammar School 900 N. Franklin, Chicago IL 60610 312.944.5600 4 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_004.indd 1

12/15/16 11:00 AM

contents IN THIS ISSUE 18











JANUARY 2017 | VOLUME 33 | NO. 1



Chicago Parent Playdate, Special Needs Edition is Jan. 28 in Northbrook Warm up to 2017 with our hot list The latest on-demand apps and services for busy Chicago moms (with discount codes!) It’s peak season for family-friendly slopes Sock snowmen


RESOLUTION RE-DO Why making New Year’s resolutions as a family is this year’s must-do

Cover kid: Griffin Kubik, 4, Chicago


Photography: Thomas Kubik of TK Photography

Spots that will make you forget all about Old Man Winter


Design: Claire Innes

How to get your kids eager to tell you about their day in school


Yummy mug desserts everyone will love


Check out our huge education guide inside!

9 mom-approved super sleepover tips (sleep optional) January 2017 5

CHIPAR0117_005.indd 1

12/15/16 2:43 PM


A look ahead


We have some really big plans in store for you this year and I can’t contain my excitement. The biggest involves a brand new website for that will be even easier to find exactly what you are looking for, whether it is something to do with the kids, stories to inspire you or a central spot to find the best schools, camps and birthday party info, among other great resources.

It has been years since had a facelift. We all know how a new look can make you feel, so the entire Chicago Parent staff can’t wait for you to see what we will do. Look for it before summer begins. In addition, we have writers all over Chicago and the suburbs who are creating more content for than ever before. If you are a regular visitor or follow our always-growing social media, you’ve probably noticed all of the great stories. 2017 will see even more effort. You might be wondering, but what about the magazine? Don’t worry. While we are putting more time and money toward our digital efforts to help you while you are out and about, we will never let Chicago Parent, Going Places, Hey Baby and Chicago Special Parent suffer. We love our

magazines and thankfully, you tell us you do, too. You’ll always find the great stories and award-winning calendar you rely on. 2017 also will see more events hosted by Chicago Parent, including the Chicago Parent Playdate this month that’s especially for kids with special needs and their families (details on page 18). We are working on another great event this summer, but you’ll have to wait for more info until all the t’s are crossed. I’m feeling great about 2017 already. I hope it will be amazing for all of us.

6 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_006.indd 1

12/15/16 2:42 PM


How we embrace Chicago’s winter with our kids EDITOR

Tamara L. O’Shaughnessy SENIOR EDITOR

Elizabeth Diffin DIGITAL EDITOR




Jacquinete Baldwin, Javier Govea IT AND DIGITAL DEVELOPER


Matt Boresi, Megan Murray Elsener, Keely Flynn, Andrea Guthmann, Katie Niekerk, Jenny Muslin, Marianne Walsh, Jeni Williams

We don’t let an inch of snow pass by without sledding in it, making snow angels or having a snowball fight. Lori Orlinsky


Annette Coffee, Christine Griffith, Lourdes Nicholls, Karen Skinner

My boys love the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon and free rinks around Chicago. I can’t skate and hate the cold, so I think I have the wrong babies. Marianne Walsh


We’re excellent nesters! We build blanket tents and make gigantic bowls of popcorn like absolute professionals. Watching it snow while warm and snuggly? Bliss. Keely Flynn

I love driving along Lake Michigan with my kids and watching the waves rise on a blustery day or walking around Museum Campus in the snow. Jeni Williams


Philip Soell


Andrew Mead


Debbie Becker, Mark Moroney CIRCULATION MANAGER




Laurie Myers MARKETING



HOW TO REACH US 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-5555 EDITORS TO FIND A COPY ADVERTISING

The only 100% private party place with gigantically fun inflatables Trained/Dedicated Staff There Stress-Free for Party Host Safe & Clean Environment Brightly Decorated Party Room

Chicago • Orland Park

(Adult Size) When you book any Mon-Thu Party Package for 25

Pump It Up of Chicago


Some of the programs we offer:

Open Jump Parents Night Out Field Trips and more!

$2 OFF

2 Free Pizzas Valid at these locations only. May not be combined with other offers or promotional discounts. One coupon per customer. Expires 12/31/17.

Chicago Parent is published monthly by Wednesday Journal, Inc. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Chicago Parent, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL, 60302. © 2017 Wednesday Journal, Inc. All rights reserved.

is a Pump It Up close to you!

Open Jump Admission

Check the Events Calendar at for available jump times. Valid for one Open Jump session at these locations only. May not be combined with other offers or promotional discounts. One coupon per customer. Expires 12/31/17.

Time slots fill quickly, call or click Pump It Up of Orland Park to book your party today!

708.479.2220 January 2017 7

CHIPAR0117_007.indd 1

12/15/16 11:08 AM

Ask about our wonderful infant program! *Open enrollment in our Preschool Program at Lincoln Park and West Loop!* Lakeview 3111 N. Ashland, Chicago IL 60657 West Loop 118 S. Ashland, Chicago IL 60607 Lincoln Park 1929 N. Halsted, Chicago IL 60614 Evanston 2017! g n i C om 2814 Central Street, Evanston IL 60201

8 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_008.indd 1

12/15/16 11:04 AM


Looking forward to a fresh start at Chills and thrills The magical fog of the holidays may have lifted, but the excitement of living in a winter wonderland has just begun! Head to for everything from the best places to ice skate to how to make your own snow dough and where to find the yummiest hot chocolate.

New year cheer


Some promises that the he new year may bring: have more ore fun, save more money, spend more time with family. Find ideas to do just that at For the second year in a row, w, blogger Shannan Younger er has found 12 fun, cheap p ways to explore Chicago o as a family.


Registered sign Unicode:

Winter bre break survival When cabin fever starts rearing its ugly head, kids out of the house and to the movies. get ki Visit our Contests page to enter to win tickets to “Monster Trucks,” “Power Rangers” and “A Dog’s Purpose.” And just in case you need an escape, we’re also giving away vacation to Smugglers’ Notch Resort in a va Vermont and a weekend getaway to the Ver Howard Johnson Hotel in Rockford! Ho

Tiptoe into our enchanting world of Dance! Our Nationally Recognized ballet class combines literature with costumes & props. Winter forming now!

Fairytale Ballet


1½-5 yrs

Exclusive Fairytale Ballets each week

Academy Ballet 6-17 yrs

Advanced Ballet training & pointe

Annual Recital & Academy Nutcracker Ballet Chicago/Lakeview (773) 477-4488

15 Celebrating!

Chicago/Bucktown (773) 606-0318


(773) 477-4488

Parties & Camps too! January 2017 9

CHIPAR0117_009.indd 1

12/15/16 11:03 AM

Chesterbrook Academy


Private Preschools & Elementary School

Personalized learning in a nurturing community Chesterbrook Academy offers outstanding private education, from preschool through fifth grade, with a curriculum that prepares students for success. Our preschools offer the perfect balance of learning and play. Our elementary school in Naperville continues to foster a love of learning by providing challenging academics along with specialty classes.

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, January 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Contact us to RSVP or schedule a private tour!


June 12-August 4, 2017 Preschool-High School

Registration opens January 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. 312.582.6080 10 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_010.indd 1

12/15/16 11:03 AM

u 1211 N. Wood St., Chicago u (773) 278-2665 u

Comfy, cozy and creative BookClub brings words to life in a real way


e walked into BookClub not exactly sure what to expect from the small Wicker Park storefront. What we found was a warm space perfect for beating the winter blues in Chicago. And to make our visit even more perfect, one of our favorite classic books, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, was the featured story and craft for that weekend’s Kids BookClub. The women behind BookClub, founders Amanda Love and Kyra

Termini, set out to create a place where literacy and visual arts come together, where Love says you can be around other people with the same interests or have space to do your own thing, such as using the letter press to create a book or stationery. Starting this month, the daily Bookworms program, for ages 2 to kindergarten, expands to include stories in English, French and Spanish. Next month, Love says they hope to add storytime in Mandarin. On Monday afternoons, one of our faves, The Storybook Mom,

is a special guest reader and once a month, storytelling chamber band Lucky Trikes visits to take reading to a whole new level. Older kids get their own BookClub on the weekends. The programs are not drop-in, so sign up in advance to avoid disappointment. Thankfully, kids don’t get to have all the fun. BookClub also hosts an Adult BookClub on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a perfect excuse to curl up with a good book under a warm blanket—at least until April. Tamara L. O’Shaughnessy

Best in Chi

BookClub January 2017 11

CHIPAR0117_011.indd 1

12/15/16 2:42 PM


Warm up to 2017 with this hot list



inning up a new calendar means new habits, new traditions and new ways to explore the arts! Here are three of our favorite ways to usher in 2017 while shaking up your brain, body and soul. Happy New Year, indeed!

Hejsan Whether you’re looking to expand cultural horizons this year or simply want to put more love out into the world, have we got the event for you! (“Hejsan,” pronounced HEY-SAHN, is a polite way to say hello in Swedish, after all!) The theme for 2017’s story and craft time is Famous People From Scandinavia. January’s celeb is Carl Sandburg, the Swedish-American poet who called Chicagoland home for most of his life. Newbies to Sandburg’s work will adore the reading of The Huckabuck Family: And How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back, and the follow-up craft is sure to delight. Can’t make this month’s Hejsan? They’re held every third Friday, and a hello is welcomed all year long. Jan. 20; Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago; $4 adults, $3 kids, free kids 1 and under

Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth Ready to write your own story or change the narrative for 2017? Get inspired by Lookingglass’ new tale, written and directed by ensemble member Doug Hara, and featuring the stunning puppetry of Blair Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth are traveling storytellers who, upon the death of the Big Bad Wolf, find they must journey into their own stories to restore disappearing fairytales before it’s too late. Fans of Neil Gaiman and other fantasy authors will be inspired by this production, geared at ages 8 and up. (When the stories are unwritten, quite literally, anything is possible. Take note and take heart!) Through Feb. 19; Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Touch tour/accessible performance, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, with tour beginning at 6 p.m.


Shake What Your Mamma Gave You Eating your veggies, going to bed early, exercising often (well, at least that last one’s now easy enough behavior to model for your kids). All About Dance is unrolling a new (and free!) series called Shake What Your Mamma Gave You just in time to ward off post-holiday sluggishness. Parents can take advantage of three FYD classes (have Fun, be Young and Dance forever), a combo of dance, cardio and toning in a fun setting while their children rock out to simultaneous Dance Explosion classes down the hall. Even after the series ends, they’ll be featuring a FYD/ kid dance class combo every day of the week. Some resolutions really do figure themselves out! Now, about that “early to bed” thing… 9:15 a.m. Jan. 3, 10:15 a.m. Jan. 16, and 10 a.m. Jan. 29; All About Dance, 501 W. North Ave., Chicago; free

12 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_012.indd 1

12/15/16 11:04 AM


Chicago Children’s Theatre gets new home


alk about “in with the new”: Chicago Children’s Theatre, the city’s largest professional theater company for children and families, opens its doors this month on its new artistic home in the West Loop. Called “The Station,” the former 12th District Police Station has been transformed into an impressive performing arts and education facility for the entire community to enjoy.

Phase 1 includes the flexible, 149-seat Pritzker Family Studio Theatre, a lobby with box office and concessions, administrative offices and five classroom spaces. The larger main stage shows will remain at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts through this season.

Inclusion has always been the name of the game at CCT, and Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell’s The Red Kite Project (with programming dedicated to children on the autism spectrum) will now have its own space for everything from interactive theatrical experiences to summer camps. “It’s thrilling to finally have a home where CCT can employ the very best teaching artists in town to instruct young people in the work and play of theater and art making,” Russell says. Accessibility is a priority at The Station; accommodations will be made for all children, regardless of physical or mental challenges, and scholarships and discounts ensure theater for all. The company, known for beautiful and immersive performances, has teamed up with a community mainstay with a similar aesthetic. Frank Maugeri, producing artistic director at Chicago’s Redmoon Theater for two decades,


has been named the community programs artistic director. “Education comes first” is Maugeri’s motto, and it shows in the diverse courses offered for all ages and abilities. His favorite classes are too numerous to mention. But for the 0-5 set, he loves Campfire Songs. Older kids will thrill for CCT’s partnership with The Actors Gymnasium and the chance to experience Circus & Aerial Arts. Another gem is S.T.E.A.M. TV, which mixes science and technology with DIY filmmaking. 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago; chicago Keely Flynn

is part of your favorite social networks

Find us on Facebook


Join the Twitter party! Follow us @ChicagoParent On Pinterest

(847) 619-1900 January 2017 13

CHIPAR0117_013.indd 1

12/15/16 3:44 PM


There’s an app for (all of) that

The latest and greatest on demand apps and services for busy Chicago moms



y husband and I always joke that our wedding vows should have read “In sickness, health and assembling toy kitchens.” Meaning, neither of us have ever successfully put together anything for our kids that said “assembly required.” Luckily, we live in the “shared economy” day and age where our marriage can now be saved with the push of a smartphone button. Just last week, Isaac, a handyman we hired from the app Task Rabbit, came to our home and put together the 22,000-piece push bike that we had deemed defective in less than 30 minutes flat. Task Rabbit is just one of many on-demand apps and services that are available locally to cater to the needs of busy moms. Here is a round up of our favorites, with special promo codes for Chicago Parent readers*:

Chime On-demand babysitting We can all relate to that time we needed a babysitter in a pinch. Chime, an app by Sittercity, connects on-the-go parents with vetted babysitters. The service costs $14 per hour and $1 per hour for each additional child. TRYCHIME ($50 off)

Dolly Moving help You scored an awesome find on a Facebook garage sale

group, but can’t envision shoving a train table into your car. Enter Dolly, the Uber for moving stuff. Once you post the job and requirements (pickup truck, curb drop-off), a backgroundchecked helper will finish the job within 24 hours. BUSYMOM ($10 off)

Eat Purely Food delivered in minutes How many times have you scoured the pantry for ingredients to whip up a quick dinner, only to

Chime come up with stale fruit snacks? Eat Purely delivers delicious, chef-made organic meals (BBQ Pork Bahn Mi, Salsa Verde Steak Salad, Squash & Truffle Rigatoni) to your door in 20 minutes. CHICAGOPARENT ($20 off)

Instacart Grocery delivery There’s nothing more frightening than taking a child to the grocery store (read: “Mommy, I want this, and this, and this … now!”). Ease the burden with Instacart, an app that lets you do all of the shopping remotely from your favorite store (Jewel, Mariano’s, Whole Foods). Select from a two-hour delivery window or choose next day, and you’ll be assigned to a personal shopper who will keep you updated on product availability and substitutions. CHIPARENT20 ($20 off)

O’Hare Personal Valet Airport valet parking When you’re traveling with kids, you’ve got enough to worry about without having to think through logistics of what lot to park in, where to catch a shuttle bus, etc. O’Hare Personal Valet makes life easier for

traveling families. Simply make an advance reservation, drive up to the terminal and they’ll take care of the rest, helping to unload and park your car. Back in town? Text the driver and your car will be waiting for you at the terminal. O’Hare Personal Valet also offers car wash, fuel fill up and dent removal services for an additional fee. CHIPARENT ($5 off)

Shyp Shipping made easy Have you ever tried to ship a double stroller? Spoiler alert: it isn’t fun. Eliminate the headache of packing boxes and waiting in long post office lines. Shyp picks up your item right from your home, packs it and sends it anywhere in the world (they also provide tracking info) using the lowest cost and most reliable option. CHIMOMS ($5 off)

Sparkl Convenient car washes We all love a clean car (without hundreds of cheddar bunnies in the back seat), but who has the time to get it washed? Sparkl lets you schedule a car wash

14 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_014.indd 1

12/15/16 2:42 PM

wherever you are (your driveway, office, on the street) and whenever you want, using eco-friendly, waterless products. As a bonus, Sparkl washers will monitor the forecast and reschedule your wash if it calls for rain. CP20 (20% off)

up at your doorstep with Tide Spin, a dry cleaning service that also offers wash-and-fold laundry with no delivery or minimum charges. What’s more, the free garment bag they provide

Task Rabbit On-demand help In addition to toy kitchen assembly, taskers can do anything from stand in line for Disney on Ice tickets to pick up a box of Infant Tylenol from Walgreens when your teething baby won’t sleep. CHIPARENT ($20 off)

Tide Spin Door-to-door laundry and dry cleaning Spit up on your favorite shirt? Skip a trip to the dry cleaners and have it picked

*Promo codes expire Jan. 31 and may not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Only valid for first time users.

you doubles as a hamper. CHIPARENT25 ($25 off)

Wag On-demand dog walking You’re home alone with the kiddos, its -35 degrees in Chiberia and your pup decides it’s time to pee. Rather than bundle up the kids and get everyone outside, Wag will deliver a trained dog walker to your home in 30 minutes. Plus, you’ll be able to follow the walk via GPS on your smartphone, with notifications when your dog goes #1 and #2. WAGCHICAGO ($20 off)

Thirstie Alcohol delivery How many times have you put the kids to bed, took a deep

breath and thought to yourself: I need a drink? Thirstie delivers wine, beer and spirits to your doorstep within two hours. The app also features easy-to-make cocktail recipes. THIRSTIE10 ($10 off)

Zeel In-home, on-demand massages Sneak in some me time and treat yourself while the kids are at a playdate. The Zeel app lets you book a 60-, 75- or 90-minute massage (Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal) with your choice of a male or female licensed certified therapist. They’ll come with the table in tow, and all you’ll have to do is relax. CHIPARENTS ($25 off) Lori Orlinsky is a Chicago mom of two, marketing manager, lover of cold weather and freelance writer.

TIMBER RIDGE WINTER FUN FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS Kids Love Timber Wolves, Timber Tykes and Sunday Kids for Fun on the Snow. Families learn to Ski or Snowboard together Special programs on Sun., Tues. or Wed. Racing for all (ages 5 thru Seniors) NASTAR most Sat & Sun. for medals Snowtubing for more fun!|269.694.9449

Locally owned for 55 years of Winter Fun January 2017 15

CHIPAR0117_015.indd 1

12/15/16 11:07 AM


Snow much fun! It’s peak season on these family friendly ski slopes BY ANDREA GUTHMANN


ant to go dashing through the snow without breaking the family budget? These hot snow spots, near and far, have a flurry of options for learning or improving skiing skills, plenty of activities for kids, plus cool discounts for Mom and Dad. Let this guide help you figure out your peak personality. For years it seemed Wilmot, Wis. (, was frozen in time. Not anymore. After being purchased by Vail Resorts last year, this modest Midwest ski slope has made big improvements. A $13 million renovation

means three new chair lifts, a new kids’ ski/snowboard school and upgraded terrain park. Best for parents is Wilmot’s completely renovated base lodge. Snuggle up by the fireplace with a hot toddy and a good book. Huge windows overlooking beginner ski slopes mean Mom and Dad can relax in comfort while still keeping an eye on the kids. If your child wants to go skiing several times this winter, consider investing in a season pass. Wilmot is part of what’s known as the Epic Pass. A kids’ season pass to Wilmot, $329, gets your kid unlimited access to other ski resorts owned by Vail—big Colorado names like Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Utah’s Park City. Want to take it to the next level, but not sure you’re ready for a Rocky Mountain

16 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_016.indd 1

12/15/16 11:08 AM

high? Granite Peak, Wis. (, has a 700-foot drop. Just about four hours away from Chicago, Granite Peak doesn’t have on-site lodging, but kids will love the 50,000-square-foot indoor waterpark at nearby Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort (stoney Another great option is the luxurious Glacier Pines Cabins ( nestled in a forest 45 minutes from Granite Peak. They’re on the way from Chicago, so you could drive up the night before, get up early in the morning and drive over to the ski area for a full day on the slopes. Ready for a ski adventure with some altitude? To do that, you’re going to need to hop on a plane. Here are two with direct flights: Think you have to be a one-percenter to visit Vail ( If your kids ski at Wilmot regularly, they can ski for free at this Tyrolean-themed town with the Epic Pass. Flights into Denver are plentiful and affordable. From there, it’s a two-hour drive to Vail. Ski lessons start at age 3; snowboard lessons start at age 7. Small World Play School ( offers daycare and crafts for non-skiing children from 2 months to 6 years. Vail’s Adventure Ridge has a zipline and multi-lane tubing hill, kids’ snowmobiling and ski bikes. Vail Village has lodging for every budget. One fun choice is The Lodge at Vail (, where kids get a free stuffed moose at check-in. Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ( combines world-class skiing with bucket-list National Park adventures—just one mile from Grand Teton National Park and an hour to Yellowstone. Stay at a condo or vacation home run by Jackson Hotel Resort Lodging (, and for each adult lift ticket and equipment rental, your child (under 14) will get that same number of day lift ticket and equipment for free. Need a break from the slopes? Spend a spa day at the super swanky Four Seasons Jackson Hole ( spa) or take a day to plow through Jackson Hole’s western-themed stores, 30 art galleries and world-class restaurants.

Helping your child reach their FULL POTENTIAL! At Autism Home Support Services, we can help your child overcome the behavioral challenges that may be holding them back. We can create a positive difference in your child’s overall development and long-term success with customized therapy, for individuals with autism, using the of our clients say evidence-based they have seen practices of improvements in Applied Behavior their child through Analysis (ABA) therapy. the AHSS therapy

93% process*.

* 2015 AHSS Client Satisfaction Survey

To learn more, go to January 2017 17

CHIPAR0117_017.indd 1

12/15/16 11:08 AM


A fun day of play Playdate created just for special needs families set for Jan. 28


hicago Parent is hosting a big Special Needs Playdate in January. Based on the hugely successful Chicago Parent Playdates held for families throughout the Chicago area, this Playdate will be more intimate, just for children with special needs and their siblings. Expect some of the area’s best kids’ entertainers: The Storybook Mom will be on site with one of her engaging stories, as will Jeanie B!, Buddha Belly Kids Yoga, Mary Macaroni and

TwistiCity with his amazing giant bubble art. Watch for more about the growing number of entertainers at In addition to sports games, a bouncy slide and more, the JCC will open its pool for a free All-in-Swim session on a first-come, first-served basis. The National Lekotek Center will host a special sensory room with lower-key activities including a quiet storytime and playtime for those needing a break from all of the action. Parents will find great resources, too, while the kids’ hands are kept busy.

2017 Adventure Kids Day Camp Full Session: June 19–July 28 Session I: June 19–July 7 Session II: July 10–July 28 Open to students entering Grades 1–8

High energy, activity–packed camp with two field trips every week to some of the greatest Chicagoland attractions. Swimming three times a week, plus sailing, kayaking, art and crafts, sports, team–building and positive group dynamics make Adventure Kids the fun place to be. Join us for the full day program from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., with sports camps available afterwards. Save $150—Register by March 15 Complimentary Bus Service Full Day, Morning, and Afternoon Programs for Children of All Ages. Call (773) 834-7766 or visit us online at:

Chicago Parent Playdate, Special Needs Edition Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook Saturday, Jan. 28 Advance tickets until Jan. 27 are $5 for ages 3 and up, free kids 2 and under and parents The day will be split in two sessions, 10 a.m.12:30 p.m., and 1-3:30 p.m.


Dance Classes for Children


Ensemble Español Center for Spanish Dance & Music Building J Dance Studios Northeastern Illinois University 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL, 60625 773.442.5916


January 17th - May 2nd, 2017 Ages 4-6 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Ages 7-12 Beginners 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Ages 7-12 Intermediate 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Class rates: $190 Adult classes also available

18 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_018.indd 1

12/15/16 11:09 AM

Explore our new exhibit Jan 20 – Apr 25 THE PLACE WHERE AWESOME LIVES

BRING THE WORLD DOWN TO SIZE. January 20 - April 25, discover Eastern culture in our latest exhibit, Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character, & Confucius. Learn Chinese hanzi lettering, care for baby pandas, and take part in our daily Chinese New Year dragon parades! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago • 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview • (847) 832-6600 •

Be part of our special day!


Chicago Parent brings our popular Playdate event to families with special needs.


Swimming! (first come, first serve) • Bouncy Houses Entertainment Stage • Quiet Room • Vendors

Saturday, Jan. 28 2 sessions: 10am-12:30pm/1pm-3:30pm JCC Chicago | 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook

Visit for advance tickets and info! January 2017 19

CHIPAR0117_019.indd 1

12/15/16 11:11 AM

r fo l e n u F wh o ! e t h m i ly fa

Exelon Family Series 1-hour performances in a fun and informal setting

Rennie Harris Puremovement Street Dance Theater Presents : RHAW

AngĂŠlique Kidjo


May 13 / 2:00PM

February 4 / 2:00PM

January 14 / 2:00PM

Guarantee your seats with subscriptions starting at $15 312.334.7777 | 205 East Randolph Drive

An Engaging Curriculum

Shana and Peter M. Ellis Series Presenting Sponsor

A Structured Environment

Series Sponsor

Season Sponsor

Official Airline of the Harris Theater

Confident Kindergartners

Our kindergarten readiness approach and early childhood development curriculum prepares students for their first days of kindergarten. Chicago’s academically-focused preschool Ages 6 weeks to 6 years

West Loop 312.229.4299

Bucktown 773.661.0151

Naperville 630.657.5029


Oak Brook



Opening 2017 Lincoln Park 773.661.0232

20 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_020.indd 1

12/15/16 11:11 AM



hen it comes to parenting, my husband and I agree on most MARIANNE things. We swore to each other WALSH a long time ago to represent a united front against the tyrannical tendencies of our progeny. Man-to-man was discarded once our third son was born. In choosing a zone defense, we knew that regular and clear communication would be critical. For the most part, our plan went swimmingly. Until ntil now. Myy oldest so son began exploring high school choices this month. h As a chess-tutoring, tromboneplaying seventh-grader who just so happens to be built like a Bears’ lineman, Danny has been a unique work in progress for many years. With a complete lack of fast-twitch muscle fibers, the kid has nonetheless enjoyed playing ice hockey and basketball. He talks about a future career in engineering or computers. He has been involved in music since he was 4. After a visit to his #1 choice, Chicago’s storied Mt. Carmel High School, I was dumbfounded to discover the school did not have a marching band. Being a wife somewhat lacking in introspection and calm, I immediately attacked the object of my ire: my husband, Joe (a Mt. Carmel graduate and now Public Enemy #1). “No marching band? NO MARCHING BAND?? You NEVER told me they didn’t

have a marching band!! I feel DECEIVED! Let down! RUINED!” The voice on the other side of the phone went silent for a moment before finally speaking up: “I’m sorry. I do believe you have the wrong number.” *click* After a 24-hour cooling down period, I realized I never explained my rationale for all the music lessons. I had just assumed my husband understood that marching band was the ultimate goal. It would be Danny’s high school clique. The cool geeks. The kids that everyone saw at the football games but who didn’t actually risk traumatic brain injury. The problem was, I never quite communicated this to my husband. Joe was never part of the nerd chic division of high school. Sure, he won the math and accounting awards, but he was cool. He looked like a Backstreet Boy with killer cheekbones and a letterman jacket.

The thought Th th ht off joining j i i marchh ing band was as foreign to hi him becoming as me entertaining b cheerleader. For the record, a cheerleader 6-feet-tall 6-feet t girls never ever entertain becoming a cheerleader, unless the squad really needs a base. While still licking my wounds and resigning myself to the fact that Danny might never be part of a marching band, my husband browsed the Mt. Carmel website. He then pointed out that there IS a band, they just don’t march anywhere. “Maybe Danny can get them marching?” Joe suggested. “Yeah, because he knows so much about formation and drills,” I muttered, defeated. “Marianne, do you think I ever envisioned having a son who is capable of so much? He can assemble his own Christmas stuff faster and better than I can! Don’t underestimate him. If something is really important to him, Dan will make it happen.” And just like that, Joe and I were back on the same page, believing and supporting our child on whatever path he chooses. So long as it includes the occasional lateral or v-formation and a to-the-right flank. Sorry. Sometimes I can’t help myself. Marianne Walsh is a Chicago mom of three boys. Want more? Go to and

Life in Chi

The time I almost killed my husband January 2017 21

CHIPAR0117_021.indd 1

12/15/16 11:11 AM


Busy mom, passionate advocate Nancy Gianni

Husband Paul; kids Franco, Romina, Isabella and Gigi South Barrington Founder of GiGi’s Playhouse, an international network of Down syndrome achievement centers


ancy Gianni doesn’t just want people to be aware of Down syndrome any longer; she’s calling on people across the country to really get to know someone with Down syndrome.

Gianni, the powerhouse behind Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, which began in Hoffman Estates after her baby Gigi was born with Down syndrome 13 years ago, is behind the push to change Down Syndrome Awareness Month to Down Syndrome Acceptance Month. “We don’t just want people to be aware; we want them to stop and say hello,” she says. “You don’t know what a blessing our kids are.” To her it means that babies being born today with Down syndrome are greeted with congratulations, not condolences, that a child with Down syndrome gets a new friend or lunch buddy, that a person stops and says hello to someone with Down syndrome. What’s your secret for your get-up-and-go? Being around positive, amazing people. They make me better and they make me work harder. I wake up grateful every day. I make a choice to want to be happy and I’ve always believed in self-fulfilling prophecy. What does your best day look like? With everyone home and a family dinner. I also love to watch my kids at the Playhouse. Nothing makes me happier than to see them serving others and watching them with others. I am so proud of who they have become.

When you are out and about, do you see yourself as a special needs parent or simply a parent? I see myself as a regular crazy mom with four kids and a full-time job running around. Unfortunately, I am reminded I am a special needs parent when people (judge Gigi). I want people to see Gigi as the amazing person she is becoming. She works so hard at everything she does, I just wish people understood that. What’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a mom? From the very minute my first son was born, I put my hand on his cheek and I felt him calm, and I realized the tremendous power we are given as parents. I hope that every mom knows we are born with that power. What do you think your mom would say about you as a mom? My mom was the best. I think she’d would be really proud of me. I learned by her example. What’s one thing you splurge on just for you? Getting my nails done every two weeks.

4 small things you can do for yourself in 2017 Want to make 2017 the year you get healthy? Start by making a few small changes. Things like eating breakfast, drinking enough water and hitting a minimum of three workouts a week will make a difference. But don’t try to make all the changes all at once. Here are four things to do right now: Start eating clean this minute and you’ll feel better by the end of the day. Go for a walk right now or take the stairs, jog in place, do 10 squats. Grab some water. Try to drink three 25-ounce sports bottles or more if you can. Just start DOING! It’s what gets your ball rolling and a rolling ball builds MOMENTUM! Heather Frey, 30 Second Mom contributor

22 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_022.indd 1

12/15/16 11:12 AM


It’s cool to be kind

Serving all of Chicagoland

Downtown Kindness had a rough year in 2016. North Suburbs A brutal election cycle the likes of West Suburbs which a contemporary person hasn’t South Suburbs known saw decency taken behind A Champion in Every Child! the woodshed and graciousness Classes – Camps – Clinics – Leagues – Lessons – Birthday Parties curb-checked. Most teachers around me have noted alarming trends in bullying, and parents everywhere are concerned MATT BORESI about what children are hearing ... and saying. Has coarseness been awarded a mandate?Classes Has cruelty? – Camps – Clinics – Leagues – Lessons – Birthday Parties The arc of civility in recent decades has bent toward empathy. Do you recall the lexicon and behavior of most children during the developmental years of Gen X? Putdowns were more barbed, physical altercations more common, and ILLUSTRATION BY STEPHEN SCHUDLICH playgrounds generally more Thunderdome happens in the news or than Romper Room. Today what floats on the air in simply responding to a coming years, the first and classmate with an old-fashforemost place our children ioned, “Duh!” (Or is it “No will learn behavior, tone and duh?”) would probably put respect for their fellows is your school on lockdown. from US, their parents. As a father, I’m not upset It is difficult to fight with this development. The the tone set by the media, weakness and helplessness leaders and celebrities, but of younger generations parents have home court has been overstated and advantage. If we model over-criticized. kindness, decency and But has the hand of respect—if we inspire and gentleness been stayed? expect kindness, decency Has a backlash against “poand respect—our influence litical correctness” led us to cannot be entirely undera time when children who mined by talking heads and have toughened down need barking pulpits. to again toughen up? My The brutish clutches of daughter Viva is a sensitive boorishness are wrapped and giving little soul—and around our society and our I’d personally like to help little ones. Will we defend her stay that way, instead our standards and our chilof being ground down by dren against this barbarism? life and time into a snarl...Duh. ing, cynical goblin like her Viva Kindness. Viva Viva. old man. Viva Daddy. Regardless of what

NEW programs in: Burbank, IL • Burr Ridge, IL • Dyer, IN Frankfort, IL • Homewood - Flossmoor, IL • Lisle, IL McCook, IL • Munster, IN • Oakbrook Terrace, IL Palos Hills, IL • Romeoville, IL

Contact Kyle Zegarac with any questions: (708) 217-7663

• Lite Brite Wall • Climbing Wall • Transportation Station • Engineering Mega Station • Tubes and Tunnels • Water Play • Dress up Stage • Toddler Area • Private Birthday Parties

4701 Oakton Street, Skokie • (847) 674-1500, ext. 2700 January 2017 23

CHIPAR0117_023.indd 1

12/15/16 11:12 AM


Sock snowmen Try this simple craft to cure the winter blues STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER


pend a cold winter afternoon making these sweet sock snowmen from old socks around the house. These adorable little snowmen will leave you wishing for a snowstorm to recreate the real thing outside! Plus it’s the perfect way to put all those mismatched socks you have to good use.

Materials u Socks (kid socks work best) u Glue u Ribbon u Sewing pins u Buttons u Rubber bands u Rice Directions Spoon the rice into the sock full enough to create the body of the snowman and then use a rubber band to tie it off. Fill above the rubber band with more rice to create a head and tie off with another rubber band.

1 2

Use another sock and roll it up a few times to put on the head to make a hat. It should cover the part where you tied off with the rubber band.


Add a scarf around the neck by using a piece of thin ribbon to cover the rubber band. Tie it into a bow or use a sewing pin to secure.


Glue buttons on the snowman’s body. Use pins to create two eyes and nose for the face. You can use a Sharpie to color the pins black if desired.

24 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_024.indd 1

12/15/16 2:41 PM



Want more? Visit

How do you keep the kids from going stir crazy this month?

Winter Wonderland, visiting family, the mall, playdates and letting them stay up so that they sleep in!! Rani Morrison, Oak Park

A visit to an indoor waterpark! I dread digging out all the summer stuff and having to dry their hair afterward, but the kids get such a thrill out of swimming in the middle of winter! Gia Lee, Northbrook

Even though it’s freezing, I still feel like it’s important to bundle up and go outside! Even if it’s for a quick jaunt around the block, making a couple snow angels or a few runs down the sledding hill, we can teach our kids to enjoy the seasons, even winter! Kerry Quirin, Downers Grove

My son has a lot of activities, so when he does get downtime he takes full advantage of it. If that fails, a snowball fight is always in the cards. Ryan Salzwedel, Chicago

I mix in volunteering. We also do embarrassing dance parties and I try to plan creative adventures in the “lovely” weather. Rebecca Moulfarha, La Grange Park

FREE DAYS! Brookfield Zoo is amazing in the winter and there are a lot of free days. There’s a heated bus that will drive you around. The museums, aquarium and planetarium have days in January and February as well. Take advantage! We do! Lisa Cheruff, Skokie


Experience the winter season in DeKalb County where you can explore fun and festivities of every kind, in a peaceful and relaxed setting your family will enjoy!


Call or visit our website for your free guide to plan your winter family fun!

for Wintertime Fun!


877/335-2521 January 2017 25

CHIPAR0117_025.indd 1

12/15/16 11:13 AM

Gwendolyn J. Sterk

and the Family Law Group, P.C. Empower ourself With Options.

Advertising Material


It’s not school, it’s Quest


An independent school for gifted children from Preschool through Eighth Grade.

Quest Academy goes beyond others by providing: • • • • •

Accelerated learning opportunities Advanced concepts and skills A differentiated curriculum An environment of like-minded peers Teachers who “get” your child

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE 2016-2017 GRADES K-8 Wednesday, February 15 - 5:30-7:00 pm

Meet our teachers and administrators. Tour our campus and learn more about our curriculum and the admission process.

PRESCHOOL & PRE-K (Ages 3-4) Saturday, January 21 & March 18 - 9:00-10:30 am Parents will have an opportunity to meet our teachers and learn about curriculum, observe your children as they interact with our teachers for fun activities.

Visit today! Scan for more information

Tours available by appointment. Contact our Admission Office at or call 847.202.8035, ext. 438 today. 500 North Benton, Palatine, IL 60067 26 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_026.indd 1

12/16/16 2:10 PM

“Though many people may think of resolutions as corny, old school or simply a lost cause, I think the new year can be a great time to be intentional about creating new habits.” Beth Miller, a certified parent coach

Resolution re-do

Why making New Year’s resolutions as a family is this year’s must do



or many people, the new year means it’s time to assess our lives and make changes about what we don’t like or struggle with. Losing weight, exercising and managing time better are among those eternal resolutions. Yet resolutions aren’t just for adults. Kids can learn the value of making goals, working to achieve them and even experiencing failure. So make 2017 the start of a new tradition by making New Year’s resolutions as a family. “The energy of a new year is the perfect time to look at where you are headed and where you want to go,” says Jill Hope,

founder and empowerment mentor at I Shine, a family coaching practice in Chicago. “When you can tap into what you want for

your life, and then create an intention to experience it, you are much more likely to see the opportunities and circumstances show up to help you.” Intentions, or resolutions, help kids feel more focused, with a greater sense of control over their lives, she says. When it comes to selecting a resolution, let your children lead the way. “The key to a great resolution is choosing something your kids are truly passionate about and really want to experience,”

Hope suggests. “Choosing something that Mom or Dad want for them, if their heart is not in it, is not the best choice.” It’s also important to be realistic. “Start with things that are clear to understand and easy to observe,” says Beth Miller, a certified parent coach. “Something like, ‘Make my bed every day’ rather than ‘Be nice to my sister.’ Ideally we are setting up our kids and ourselves for success, so start small CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 January 2017 27

CHIPAR0117_027.indd 1

12/15/16 11:15 AM



and make it meaningful, but attainable.” Help your kids select their resolution by having them use it as an opportunity to re-assess what is important to them as they move through the year. “It helps to ask questions like, ‘What would you like to have accomplished by the end of the year?,’ ‘How would you like to feel as you look back over the year?,’ or ‘How will you feel when you accomplish these things?,’” Hope says.

Stick with it! Once you create resolutions as a family, write them down on a big poster board and track them throughout the year, Hope says. Then meet as a family every few weeks to track ways to move closer to the goals. “By checking in periodically, it helps each family member stay focused on looking for opportunities to move toward their

chosen resolutions,” Hope says. “Plus the more regularly they can feel the feelings the achievement will create, the more easily they will be able to achieve their

resolution.” Miller suggests incorporating reminders in a way that speaks to your child. “If your child likes charting,

create a fun chart to track their progress. If your child likes art, make pictures or take photos of the child acting out the


Girls and Boys Recreational


2500C W Bradley Pl 872-241-4157


Birthday Parties 28 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_028.indd 1

12/16/16 10:35 AM

resolution. If your child is techoriented, find an app to monitor success,” says Miller. “Overall, be creative and have fun with it,” Miller says.

Good for kids resolutions According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, here are some ideas of healthy New Year’s resolutions for kids: Preschoolers I will clean up my toys by putting them where they belong. I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day. I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating. I will help clear the table when I am done eating. 5 to 12 years olds I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times. I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week. I will always wear a helmet

“If things don’t go as planned, consider the ‘failure’ an opportunity to learn something about yourselves and revamp your resolution.”

170 downhill runs, plus a winter wonderland of activities make this a Michigan treasure.

800.845.2828 Free Winter Guide Boyne Mountain


Boyne Highlands


Nub’s Nob

when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard. I’ll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.

BCV 4199 Chicago Parent Winter Ad.indd 2

13 years old and older I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink soda only at special times. I will take care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.

11/29/16 12:54 PM


I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day on these activities.

Sunday, January 22nd, 4pm ..................................... Jim Gill Sunday, February 26th, 4pm .................................. Jeanie B Sunday, March 19th, 4pm................................ The Boogers Sunday, April 9th, 4pm....Laura Dogherty & the Heartbeats

I will help out in my community by giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.

Tickets are available in person at Wonder Works Children’s Museum or over the phone by calling 708.383.4815

Megan Murray Elsener is a freelance writer

Tickets: $8 for members and $11 for non-members


and mother of three. January 2017 29

CHIPAR0117_029.indd 1

12/15/16 11:16 AM

How to get out of your

winter rut These spots can make you forget all about Old Man Winter



f cold temperatures are keeping you indoors and making you stir crazy, these Chicago winter lifesavers will get your family out of their winter rut!

Go sledding

Snatch an adrenaline rush

Chicago’s definitely got snow, but it also has supreme hills for sledding. Head to A. Montgomery Ward Park for sledding and a hot chocolate afterward at Peet’s Coffee next door. The Soldier Field Sledding Hill is always popular, as is Warren Park. In the suburbs, Evanston’s James Park, Glenview’s Flick Park and Riverwalk Sled Hill at Rotary Hill in Naperville are can’t-miss destinations.

Let the daredevil in you fly! If your kids (or you!) like to live on the wild side, iFLY’s indoor skydiving is safe but full of thrills. After you train with an instructor and slip into the provided gear, you’ll head into the flight chamber where you’ll feel like you’re freefalling through the air. Locations in Lincoln Park, Rosemont and Naperville, and suitable for flyers 3 and up.

Get away, but not too far No need to hop on an airplane for a much needed getaway. Seek refuge at an all-season Midwest resort like Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva. Kids will sleep well after enjoying the 50,000-square-foot water park as well as the game arcade, cinema and activity center. The grown-ups can kick back at the resort’s full-service spa or restaurant.

30 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_030.indd 1

12/15/16 2:40 PM

Sleep, maybe Of course you can visit The Field Museum during the day, but what if you could have a sleepover among the dinosaurs? Experience a real “night at the museum” during one of the museum’s Dozin’ with the Dinos overnights

for families with kids ages 6-12. Explore the exhibits by flashlight, take a handson workshop and watch a 3D movie in the museum’s theater. Jan. 20 and 27; Feb. 10 and 17; March 3, 10 and 17; April 1 and 7; and May 12;

Lose yourself Emerald City Theatre takes on “The Snowy Day and Other Stories,” adapted from the bestselling books by Ezra Jack Keats. Kids 3-9 will love hearing about a young boy who explores his city after the first snowfall. Feb. 4-May 6, tickets start at $19. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago;

The Avery Coonley School

An exciting and educational summer program for children ages 4–14. Three sessions available: June 19–June 30, July 3–July 14, July 17–July 28 View the 2017 Summer Program Guide online at 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois, 630-969-0800

Questions about Pregnancy? Discover your options for childbirth at PCC Certified Nurse-Midwives, Family Medicine Physicians, and OB/GYNs

Roll with it With locations in both the city and ‘burbs, Pinstripes is a family-friendly spot that will entertain your kiddos whether they’re 3 or 12. Bowling and bocce ball are the main attractions. There are plenty of kid-friendly options on the menu, too, so be sure to stay for lunch at the restaurant or have your meal delivered right to your bowling area. Jenny Muslin is a Chicago mom and

Ask about out-of-hospital delivery at the Birth Center at PCC, the only freestanding birth center in the Chicagoland area!

Free Pregnancy Tests Family Planning Free Childbirth Education Hospital and Out-of-Hospital Delivery Natural Birth & Pain Medicated Birth Water Birth VBAC

Delivery and Care at Birth Center at PCC • Berwyn West Suburban Medical Center • Oak Park Westlake Hospital • Melrose Park Norwegian American Hospital • Chicago

For more information, please call:

(708) 317-3035

freelance writer. January 2017 31

CHIPAR0117_031.indd 1

12/16/16 2:34 PM

How to get your kids eager to tell you about their day in school BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER


Beyond just “Good” and “Fine”

hen your kids get home from school and you ask them about their day, are you left with a bland “good” or “fine”? Those answers make most of us feel out of the loop with our littles and yes, maybe even a little irritated. We want more. Finding a way to connect and share experiences when kids spend a chunk of their day in school is one of the real challenges, and on the flip side, part of the excitement, of parenting, says Chicago social worker Caren Minkoff. Communication takes work, she says. So getting beyond “good” and “fine” can be a big hurdle, particularly in today’s busy families. “More and more, I observe adults and kids partially focused on their phone or tablet and partially focused on the conversation, and it makes for some pretty bad conversations,” says Laura Nathan, a kindergarten teacher in Chicago. “I think kids know when you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. Make eye contact, ask follow-up questions about a story they tell and listen intently.” OUR COVER BOY, GRIFFIN, RACES HOME TO TALK ABOUT HIS DAY AT SCHOOL. PHOTO BY THOMAS KUBIK

Where to start Colleen Manuel, a pediatric social worker at North Shore Pediatric Therapy, recommends asking open-ended questions: “What was your favorite thing that happened today?” “Tell me about one thing that was challenging for you and one thing you felt very accomplished at,” and “What is one thing that made you feel happy today?” “Focus not only on the basic aspects of school, but explore other components like peers, teachers, food and recess,” she says. Minkoff recommends giving kids time to talk without being interrupted and without giving your opinion or advice when it’s not

requested. “Allow them to answer before asking another question, and I can’t emphasize enough to listen,” she says. Keep in mind that even though you are eager to talk, right after school isn’t the best time to chat because kids need time to decompress and you might be juggling dinner and other duties. Family dinners and weekly family activities are great times to connect.

“Work to create a culture in the home where you talk about current issues, concerns and conflict.” CAREN MINKOFF, Chicago social worker

32 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_032.indd 1

12/15/16 11:17 AM

All Month of January FREE Lice Checks for all our Partner School Students (Ask how your school can become Partner)

Minkoff also recommends that if your child is able to read and write to use a journal as a tool to communicate what is happening in their lives.

expectations for your child and be as consistent as you can be. It will benefit you all in the end.” Megan Murray Elsener is a freelance writer and mother of three.

When to worry Parents often worry about deeper issues or concerns when kids don’t share details about their day or thoughts. “Do some exploration around why your child is hesitant to disclose information, whether it may be disappointing you or fear of bully retaliation,” Manuel says. Minkoff adds, “Other things to look for are changes in sleep or eating habits and if your child is isolating himself from friends and family.” And if your child does reveal bad behavior or troubles? “No matter what your child reveals about their day, remain calm and do not judge your children or overreact,” says Manuel. “Validate them discussing things with you and lead any feedback with love and support.” Overall, parents need to remain connected and to create a level of trust and security with their children. “It is easier said than done, but work to create a culture in the home where you talk about current issues, concerns and conflict,” Minkoff says. “Ask your child about their friends and changing interests, have their friends over to your home. Set clear and realistic

Qs to get your kid talking u What was the best thing that happened at school today?

Only $10.00 Lice Checks for local school children up to 8th grade. (By appointments only. Monday to Friday from 9-5)

• In salon, your home, or do-it yourself kits • We only use safe, nontoxic, effective products • 100% Service Guarantee • May be reimbursed by your medical insurance • Same day appointments guarantee 24/7 The only Lice Treatment with solid 5 stars rating on &

425 N. Marion St. • Oak Park • (708) 524-5423 GRAND OPENING: 1440 N. Kingbury St., Suite 125 • Lincoln Park (855) 524-5423

u What was the worst thing that happened at school today? u What was the hardest thing you had to do today? u Tell me something that made you laugh today. u What is your favorite time of day at school? u What is your favorite thing about school? u What are you looking forward to at school tomorrow? u What do you like to do most at recess? u What do you eat for lunch today? Who did you sit with at lunch? u Can you show me something you learned today? u Did you get frustrated with anything at school today?

Programs for kids 4 months through 12 years filled with movement, music, learning and laughter.

The Little Gym of Chicago (773) 525-5750 January 2017 33

CHIPAR0117_033.indd 1

12/15/16 11:17 AM

Begin the New Year with a new language for your young learner!

Studies show children who learn a second language exhibit: •Better problem solving skills •Enhanced creativity •Higher cognitive performance •Increased performance on standardized tests Enroll your young learner in our world language classes available in Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, and Arabic. To learn more, visit or call 866.55.STARS.

Convenient locations: •Lincoln Park (Chicago)



•Hyde Park (Chicago)

•St. Charles


•Park Ridge •Hinsdale

•Glen Ellyn •Barrington

•Arlington Heights

Now accepting reservations for 2017 summer camp! 34 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_034.indd 1

12/15/16 11:18 AM

your winter woes away BY KATIE E NIEKERK


how of hands: Are microwave mug desserts the best thing ever for their delectable convenience (raises hand), or totally deplorable for that exact reason (raises hand again)? I’m the first to admit that it’s a complex relationship, but on a winter’s night, nothing can stop me from layering sugar on sugar, waiting for the “beep!” and blissing out, mug in hand. If you’re not familiar with microwave mug desserts, you might be thinking, “How totally unsophisticated.” How totally correct. But when your sweet tooth is in a pinch, these recipes will knock your socks off.

Yummy mug desserts everyone will love

Strawberry Shortcake in a Mug Recipe and photo provided courtesy of The Kitchn Sure, strawberry shortcake is on the easier side of desserts to whip up on the fly. But this warmed-up version is tailor-made for colder months. Ingredients 1 ½ Tablespoons unsalted butter 3 Tablespoons whole or 2% milk 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder Pinch of fine salt 1 small strawberry, diced, plus more for topping Whipped cream, for serving (optional)



Place the butter in a 12 ounce or larger microwave safe mug and microwave until just melted. Add the milk, sugar and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the

flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk until well combined. Add the strawberry, then gently push the pieces down so they’re mostly submerged in the batter.


Microwave on high for 60 seconds, and then in 15 second bursts until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the mug and the top looks set, dry

and springs back when gently touched, about 30 to 60 sec onds more. Top with extra straw berries and a dollop of whipped cream and serve immediately. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 January 2017 35

CHIPAR0117_035.indd 1

12/15/16 11:18 AM



S’mores Mug Brownie Recipe and photo provided courtesy of Betty Crocker S’mores without the campfire? It most definitely can be done. Fudge brownie mix teams up with crushed graham crackers and mini marshmallows to replicate this old-school treat. Ingredients 1 cup dry Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix (from 18.3-oz box) 1 Tablespoon fat-free egg product 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon water 2 Tablespoon miniature marshmallows 2 teaspoon crushed graham crackers 1 teaspoon miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions Spray bottom of microwav able mug (about 12 oz.) with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix brownie mix, egg product, vegetable oil and water.



Spoon batter into mug. Microwave uncovered on high 40 to 50 seconds or until top is set and toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean; immediately top

with marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate chips. Let stand about 1 minute to allow marshmallows to soften before serving. Best served warm in mug.

Come enjoy our expanded office We’re excited to see you & your family’s smiles!

Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Specializing in Children & Adolescents S. Kuhn, D.D.S.

D. LaMonte, D.D.S., M.S.

The Ultimate Guide to Family Fun!

Modern General & Cosmetic Dentistry for Adults M. Kasper, D.D.S.

N. Kasper, D.D.S.

Going Places FREE | FALL 2016

We offer a relaxed & fun atmosphere, providing qualit y dental ser vices for the entire family!

Take a hike 9

10313 West Lincoln Hwy. , in Frankfort


Located in Brookside Commons (directly behind Kole Digital Systems).

Food, football


Take Lincoln Hwy. (Rt. 30) to Elsner Rd., turn South 1-block to Brookside Commons, turn left, and make an immediate right into parking lot.

815-806-1600 |

All Major Credit Cards Accepted. Financing Available.

fall fun GP Cover Fall 2016.indd 5

Fall edition now available!

9/1/16 9:38 AM

For more information, call (708) 386 5555 or visit

36 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_036.indd 1

12/15/16 11:18 AM

Safari Land

Explore Chicagoland’s Largest Indoor Amusement Park And Experience The Largest Indoor Roller Coaster In Illinois Exhilarating Family Fun filled with adventure, food, games and rides! Tilt-A-Whirl • 3DMaxFlight Simulator • Bumper Cars Kiddie Go Karts • Cosmic Bowling • Soft Play Video Games • Atlantis Restaurant

Birthday Parties & Group Packages

701 W. North Ave., Villa Park 630•530•4649 | $5.00 FREE Game Card Mon - Thurs ONLY

Not valid with other offers or promotions. Not Valid with reserved parties or events 1 Coupon per person / day


Vanilla Funfetti Mug Cake Recipe and photo provided courtesy of Mel’s Kitchen Birthday cake all day, every day. That’s all I have to say about this one.


Ingredients ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar Pinch of salt (very light pinch!) ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ cup milk ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 ½ Tablespoons extra-virgin or refined coconut oil, melted (or canola or vegetable oil) 2 teaspoons sprinkles

Directions In an 8 ounce (that’s a fairly standard size) mug, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a small well and add the milk, vanilla and oil. Mix just until combined. Stir in the sprinkles.






(Birthday package available during any public session.)


325 - $500 (Taxes Included)



Microwave for 90 sec onds at 70 80% power (adjusting as needed depending on the heat/power of your microwave). Serve warm with a dollop of frozen yogurt or ice cream, if desired. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

As Seen on TV WGN’s Ch. 9 “Around Town”


As Seen on TV ABC’s Ch. 7 “190 North”


like us on Facebook

7231 West Archer Ave. • Summit (1/4 Block West of Harlem, 3 Blocks South of I-55) Additional parking across Archer Avenue in our lot

708-458-0300 • January 2017 37

CHIPAR0117_037.indd 1

12/15/16 11:19 AM


Dentistry For: Children • Adolescents • Special Needs tients New Pa e! Welcom

Complimentary Well Baby Checks!

Kids Are Special People Dr. Russell S. Pollina

Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics*


601 W. Central Road, Suite 4 • Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 18 E. Dundee Road, Bldg. 5, Ste 100 Barrington, IL 60010 *provided by pediatric dentists

Ready to Welcome your New Year!

- Winter Camps Jan. 2-6, 2017 - Self-Defense Strategies in 12-weeks - Grow your confidence by Spring!


Caramel Apple Mug Cake Recipe and photo provided courtesy of The Hungry Hedgehog Let’s face it: caramel apples are beautiful to look at, but they can be a literal pain to eat. Not this guy. All the goodness of caramel apples in a fluffy dream. Ingredients ¼ cup flour 2 ½ Tablespoons applesauce 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 Tablespoon milk ¼ teaspoon baking powder 2 Tablespoons diced apples 1-2 Tablespoons caramel sauce Optional: 2 teaspoons streusel (½ teaspoon flour, ½ teaspoon butter, 1 teaspoon brown sugar)

Directions Mix flour, sugar and bak ing powder well, then add applesauce and mix until wet. Add remaining ingredients except for caramel and just mix.


2 3

Cook in microwave for 50 60 seconds. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Add streusel if desired.

Peanut Butter Cookie in a Cup Recipe and photo provided courtesy of No. 2 Pencil Hands down, peanut butter was my favorite kind of cookie as a kid. These days, I make a batch when I find time, which is like once a year. So when the craving hits, this recipe comes to my rescue. Ingredients

6701 W. North Ave., Oak Park

708-383-3456 | Follow Us!

Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence Serving Our Community

Specıal Parent CHICAGO


Chicago’s only local magazine and resource guide to life for families who have children with special needs. Specıal Parent CHICAGO



IEP: What you don’t know


Now available!

1 Tablespoon butter 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 1 Tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 Tablespoon granulated white sugar 2-3 drops pure vanilla extract Small pinch kosher salt 1 egg yolk 3 level Tablespoons all-purpose flour Crushed peanuts for topping

Directions Melt peanut butter and butter together in microwave for about 30 seconds. Add sugars, salt and vanilla and stir to com bine. Add egg yolk and stir again. Add flour and give a final stir.

1 2

Sprinkle peanuts on top and heat in microwave for about 45 seconds. Microwaves vary, so start checking for done ness at 35 seconds. Serve warm.


Stop parent shaming

SP_Cover_Summer2016.indd 3

7/6/16 11:37 AM

Katie Niekerk is a suburban mom of one, freelance writer and blogger at

38 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_038.indd 1

12/15/16 11:19 AM


Be part of our special day!

Tickets: $5 (ages 3-14) Adults & Kids under 2 are FREE!


Chicago Parent brings our popular Playdate event to families with special needs.

Swimming! (first come, first serve) • Bouncy Houses • Entertainment Stage • Quiet Room • Vendors

Saturday, Jan. 28

2 sessions: 10am-12:30pm/1pm-3:30pm JCC Chicago | 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook

Judy Katz OTR/L & Associates

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

entertainment stage sponsored by:

Visit for advance tickets and info! January 2017 39

CHIPAR0117_039.indd 1

12/16/16 11:04 AM


mom-approved super sleepover tips (sleep optional)



hat’s the secret to throwing the best slumber party ever? Fun food, lots of activity and great quiet-time entertainment to settle the kids down late at night. We asked Chicago-area parents for their recommendations, ns, and these nine strategies rose to the top.


Try a “Fear Factor” challenge. Have the kids dunk their hands in covered bowls of mystery food and guess the items inside. Or, choose a selection of baby foods and have them take a tiny taste and guess the flavors. For a less messy challenge, consider a pre-made “guess the flavor” kit, like the BeanBoozled Jelly Belly challenge.


End the night’s activities with a classic movie. Think “E.T.,” “Princess Bride,” “Goonies” or “Holes”—movies the kids might not ot have seen before that are sure to capture re their attention and help settle them down for the night. ght.



Get the kids cooking. Have them make their own pizzas using a box of pizza dough and sauce, bags of assorted shredded cheese and a variety of toppings (meats, veggies, Doritos, and for the more adventurous, marshmallows, chocolate chips or gummy fish). Or, create a make-your-own-sundae bar, with flavors that range from classic to contemporary.


Play “Who’s Your Mummy?” All you need is toilet paper. Have the kids pair with another child and have one child wrap the other in toilet paper, mummy style. Then, challenge the mummy children to break through their tissue paper getup.

40 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_040.indd 1

12/15/16 11:20 AM




Design a city of forts. Give the kids all the items they’ll need to create their own forts: blankets, pillows and pillow cushions. Or, set up a fairy town with tiny indoor tents, collapsible playhouses and flashlights. Don’t have enough for the group? Ask other parents if they have playhouses or tents you can borrow.

Set up a makeover station. All you’ll need is nail polish, nail polish remover, extra mirrors, a few cakes of blush, mascara and a bright selection of eye shadows. You can buy extra eye shadow applicators for as little as a dollar. For a twist, give the girls a facial! Tubes or packets of facial masks are available at discount stores.


Create an arts-and-crafts center. Buy blank canvases for the children to paint as a group, in pairs or individually. Acrylic

paints, in bottles or tubes, work well. For less mess, try chalks or oil crayons. You can also buy ready-to-make craft kids in bulk from discount shopping sites like Oriental Trading.


Make your own photo booth. Drape a sheet over a door or pin it to a wall, then add some decals or other decorations. Take photos of the kids and send them out for one-hour processing. Or, try an old-school approach by using a Polaroid camera. Kids will get a kick out of watching the photos come to life.

Host a Nerf gun battle. Open the basement for Nerf gun fun, making sure each child has a Nerf gun. January 2017 41

CHIPAR0117_041.indd 1

12/15/16 11:20 AM

camp 2017 // advertising DAY CAMPS Avery Coonley School, The Enrichment program for preschool - 8th grade. 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove (630) 969-0800

Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Day camp full of fun, friendships, and exploration! Locations throughout Chicagoland (877) 624-4532

A Fairytale Ballet & Academy Ballet education w/ weekly Costumes & props (1-5yrs) & monthly study (6-17yrs) Lakeview, Bucktown, Evanston (773) 477-4488 (LV & EV) (773) 606-0318 (BT)

Funtopia 2050 Tower Dr., Glenview (847) 217-6212

IK Gymnastics 2500C W Bradley Place (872) 241-4157

The Little Gym of Chicago

Cub Creek Science Camp

3216 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 525-5750

A summer camp with its own zoo! 16795 State Route E, Rolla, MO 65401 (573) 458-2125

Skokie Park District 9300 Weber Park Pl., Skokie (847) 674-1500

Summer Lab June 19 - July 28 (773) 834-7766

Windy City Fieldhouse Youth Classes 123(1/30-4/15) & Camps (1/16, 2/3 & more) (773) 486-7416

OVERNIGHT CAMP Animal Camp Jamaica Teen travel program for boys and girls ages 14-18! Business Address: 16795 State Route E Rolla, MO 65401 (573) 458-2125

Camp Anokijig Friendship and values, personal growth, and OUTRAGEOUS FUN! W5639 Anokijig Lane, Plymouth, WI 53073 (920) 893-0782 or (800) 741-6931

SPECIALTY Hot Shots Sports Summer Sports Camps Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, Multi-sports & MORE! Multiple Chicagoland locations (773) 685-6902

Lifeline Theatre Summer Drama Camps, for ages 5-12. 6912 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago (773) 761-4477

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts NinjaCamp, AirborneKicks, Artistic Weaponry 6701 W. North Ave., Oak Park (708) 383-3456

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS: Keshet 3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook (847) 205-0274

FIELD TRIPS Fleetwood Roller Skating Rink 7231 W. Archer Ave., Summit (708) 458-0300 Public skating, private parties, fundraisers. Artistic speed and roller derby skating.

Kohl Children’s Museum 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview (847) 832-6600

Pump It Up Party Orland Park Chicago

(708) 479-2220 (312) 664-PUMP

Safari Land Indoor Amusement Park Perfect for field trips 701 W. North Ave., Villa Park (630) 530-4649

Wonder Works, A Children’s Museum Thousands of square feet of fun, a place of creative play for kids birth to age eight. Kids, their parents and caregivers can unleash their imaginations through art, performance, design, building and more. 6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park (708) 383-4815

42 January 2017

Camps_Jan2017.indd 42

12/15/16 2:05 PM

advertising //

camp 2017

Making Summer Magic Seventy inclusive summer day and overnight camp programs for children with disabilities at 15 sites throughout the Chicago area and the Midwest Call 847-205-0274 or visit

Keshet is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. Keshet and the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago are proud partners in providing an inclusive community serving children and adults with disabilities.

s at Camp Anok e Friend ijig! k a M Person al New Friends




un f e h nt

Joi Positive Values

s geou Outra n! Fu • Traditional and Specialty activities, plus HORSES, Teen Programs, and Adventure Trips

• Overnight, resident camp • Boys & Girls, ages 7-16 • Sessions from 4 days to 1 or more weeks of summer fun! ing community with many Camp Anokijig is a welcom your own camp experience ect opportunities to self-dir

800-741-6931 Plymouth, WI

Discover new worlds at Lifeline Theatre’s Drama Camps! Children explore their imaginations and hone their natural performing abilities while gaining sound theatre training in a fun-filled atmosphere. Our camps not only teach kids how to embody characters and act out stories, but also help them to gain confidence, express themselves more fully, and work patiently and respectfully with each other.


SUMMER CAMP For ages 5–7 June 20–24 (Session 1), June 27–July 1 (Session 2) 9:00–12:00 noon

$200 (one session) or $350 (both sessions) per child


SUMMER CAMP For ages 8–12 July 11–22, Monday through Friday 9am–3pm (Full Day) or 9am–noon (Half Day)

$650 (Full Day) or $395 (Half Day) per child

CALL 773-761-4477 or visit to register your child today! January 2017 43

Camps_Jan2017.indd 43

12/15/16 2:06 PM

Arts Education // advertising Disney on Ice

Imagine U

Paw Patrol Live!

Skokie Park District

Follow Your Heart Allstate Arena Jan 25-29 Feb 1-12

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Feb. 3 – 12, 2017 Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston (847) 491-7282

The Chicago Theatre Feb 11 & 12 (800) 745-3000

9300 Weber Park Pl., Skokie (847) 674-1500

A Fairytale Ballet & Academy Ballet education w/ weekly Costumes & props (1-5yrs) & monthly study (6-17yrs) Lakeview, Bucktown, Evanston (773) 477-4488 (LV & EV) (773) 606-0318 (BT)

Lifeline Theatre World premiere musicals for children based on beloved books. 6912 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago (773) 761-4477

Hyde Park Art Center Second Sunday January 8, 2017 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free Family Art Making Activity Pre-Kindergarten – 4th grade This month will feature Puppet Making 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago (773) 324-5520

IK Gymnastics 2500C W Bradley Place (872) 241-4157

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts NinjaCamp, AirborneKicks, Artistic Weaponry 6701 W. North Ave., Oak Park (708) 383-3456

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play Sat., Feb. 11 - 10 am & 1 pm (847) 673-6300 Skokie northshorecenter,org

When she’s a Girl Scout, she’s also a

G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker Leader)™. Risk-taker, These are traits that define girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. These traits can define you, too. Are you ready to take the lead... like a Girl Scout?


G. I. R . L .

Join or volunteer at

44 January 2017

Arts_Jan2017.indd 44

12/16/16 11:22 AM

Perfect 5-star rating on Yelp Chicago’s best-reviewed magician

Learn more: (847) 361-0924



Mary Macaroni

Book us for your next party or event! •We Entertain •We Educate •We're Cute & Fun •We're Clean & Safe

You'll LOVE US!

Call Sue Johnson, Educator


Princess & Character Parties Magic • Clowning Guitar Sing-a-Longs Face Painting & Balloons!

Children’s Parties! Corporate Events!

Call Today:




s t fo r c h il d r e


musicfest for children" "a musicfest for children" "a"a musicfest for children"

Funtastic Interactive Concerts

Just Jodi or with The Jigglejam Band! Festivals, Camps, Corporate Events, Schools, Parties & More!


Magic & Juggling Shows Balloon Animals and Puppets

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

847-228-0882 January 2017 45

CP_Entertainment_Class_Jan2017.indd 45

12/15/16 3:56 PM

Natures Creatures Animal Show

A fun Exotic Educational Animal Show for kids & adults of all ages! Serving the Chicago land area for over 10 years!

• Birthday Parties • Block Parties • Scouts • Schools • Licensed & Insured • Veterinarian & Teacher Approved!

For more info or to book:

call Erin at

(773) 881-9379 or visit:

• Snakes • Frogs • Bunnies • Lizards • Giant Turtles • Spiders • Ducks • Talking Parrots • Alligators • Pony Rides

Traveling Players presents

Aurora area

Diane C

CLOE the Clown


• Magic Tricks • Games • Face Painting • Balloon Animals • Story Telling and More

Book your Birthday Parties Today!

11 (630)

Call: 630-816-2288

Child with balloon animals, fac puppetry, magic, game

Chicago Parent needs a few good moms and dads. We are looking for friendly, outgoing readers to staff Chicago Parent booths at events throughout the city and suburbs. Must have a car and flexible schedule. Events are mainly on weekends.

Email Lori Smerz at 46 January 2017

CP_Entertainment_Class_Jan2017.indd 46

12/15/16 3:56 PM

calendar JANUARY


Welcome the Year of the Rooster at the kid-friendly Chinese New Year Celebration. Guests can attend a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, create a festive lantern and discover their Chinese Zodiac animal (shout-out to my fellow Pigs!). The highlight is sure to be the kids’ Dragon Dance, where littles can don the traditional costume to put on a big-time show. Cock-a-doodle-doo, indeed! Free. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 21. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central, Chicago. (312) 746-5100,


When we say this party is poppin’, we definitely aren’t exaggerating. The Popcorn Party takes place on National Popcorn Day, the yummiest of all holidays, and includes art projects, games and other fun, all themed around our favorite salty snack. Of course, also be popcorn to there will al munch on throughout the celebration (extra cel butter, please!). b We’re already bursting with anticipation. Free. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. JJan. 19. Chicago Women’s Park and W Gardens, 1801 S. Ga Indiana, Chicago. Ind (312) 328-0821, (312 chica


It seems only fitting that the Museum of Science & Industry chose Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for its Black Creativity Family Day program. After all, the annual event celebrates the black community’s role in STEAM “The Black Creativity plaque” by sculptor Preston Jackson fields. So families can meet and interact with professionals in Jr. Science Cafés, enjoy workshops in the Innovation Studio, and visit The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American art. We’re confident in saying that Dr. King would approve. Free for Illinois residents. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 16. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, January 2017 47

CHIPAR0117_047.indd 1

12/15/16 11:20 AM


Celebra attion a io on of Winte inte in er Seee Jaan. 28 See


with museum admission. 1:30 p.m. National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St. (312) 655-1234, national

DRAWING HOUR. Kids 5 and

up exercise creativity in a morning of drawing. Choose ancient sculptures and pottery to sketch, or grab a drawing worksheet to loosen up and get inspired. A student artist will be on hand to guide the process. All materials are provided. 1-2 p.m. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. (773) 702-9514, TRADITIONAL CUTTING OF THE VASILOPITA. Experience the Greek

tradition of Vasilopita (New Year’s Bread). Find the hidden coin for loads of good luck and a surprise prize. Free



super-galactic games and create a special memory mat. There will be a special visit from Darth Villain and the Jedi Master from Fairytale Entertainment. Pizza and dessert will be served. A professional photographer will be available with picture packages for an additional cost. $20, $15 resident. 6-8 p.m. Joliet Park District Multi-Purpose Center, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. (815) 7417275,

New People, Ice Cream Vendors and The Young Stracke All-Stars, as well as crafts, face painting and more activities in the party room upstairs. $10. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. (773) 281-4444, SECOND SUNDAY. Drop-in, hands-on art-making workshops for kids and families, providing an interactive experience that engages visitors of all ages in contemporary art. 1-4 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. (773) 324-5520,


A new program designed to create a private, welcoming and tailored experience for individuals with disabilities to enjoy hands-on learning and exploration when the PlayLab is closed to the general public. Some adjustments, such as minimizing sound and lighting and providing adult-sized chairs, are possible. Registration is required. 10 and 11 a.m. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-9410,

12 | THURSDAY FULL MOON CAMPFIRE. Take a short hike with a naturalist along the

48 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_048.indd 1

12/15/16 11:20 AM


Blla B ac ck Creat Cr ea e attiiv viiity ty ty Fami Fa mily ly Da ay y Seee ppaaggee 47


travel into uncharted territory with their new show. The SEA experience includes an interactive soundtrack where audience members contribute to the DJ/Producer’s playlist using Pandora. $10 and up. 2 p.m. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive in Millennium Park. (312) 334-7777, harristheater



orchestra, and 100-person choir join soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson in one of Chicago’s favorite annual events. $25$70. 11 a.m. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. (312) 922-2110,

Today’s time is 7:30 p.m.


Elizabeth Streb and her Action Heroes demonstrate the courage required to


JAN 25 – 29



Explore the wild, prehistoric world of dinosaurs with hands-on science stations, hourly stories and one-of-akind crafts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeshore Learning Store, multiple locations. (847) 705-5052, lakeshorelearning. com. NORTHBROOK WINTER CARNIVAL. Celebrate the season


JAN 25 – 29 FEB 1 – 12 in all official arena parking lots with ticket purchase. Visit arena website for details.


FEB 1 – 12 FREE PARKING 365462

trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan. $8, free kids 2 and under. 7-8:30 p.m. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. (847) 433-6901,

in all official arena parking lots with ticket purchase. Visit arena website for details.

with indoor and outdoor activities.

About the calendar The deadline for submitting listings for the February issue is Dec. 26. 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 month are listed in Ongoing Events, beginning on page 54.

Planning a Party? Check out our Entertainment & Party Planning section for the perfect entertainer, party supply or service.

Searchable listings updated daily January 2017 49

CHIPAR0117_049.indd 1

12/15/16 11:21 AM

CALENDAR Check website for schedule. Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave., Northbrook. (847) 2912995, SPRING VALLEY WINTER FEST. See a dog sledding dem-

onstration. Enjoy free snowshoe walks through the prairie; horsedrawn wagon rides throughout the grounds; winter snacks, crafts, and activities inside the Nature Center; and marshmallows roasted on a winter bonfire. $3, $12 family. Noon-3 p.m. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. This year’s

Mush Mu she err Ma an nia a SSeee Ja Jann. n. 14

program includes a never-beforeseen performance featuring young musicians from every corner of the city playing and singing “side by side” with the orchestra. The performance highlights the next generation of diverse

musicians being developed in Chicago and celebrates the city’s intergenerational dedication to the messages of Dr. King. $18-$99. 8 p.m. Chicago Sinfonietta, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (312) 236-3681 ext. 2, chicago MUSHER MANIA.

Experience the Siberian husky breed by watching sled dog teams in action and cheering on your favorite team. Enjoy the ice sculptor creating a winter surprise. Reenact the “Great Race to Nome” inside the visitor center. Pull a dog sled in the “human mushing” activity. Play on snowshoes, take a photo with a sled dog or warm up by roasting marshmallows over the fire. Plus, visit vendors or enjoy a winter-themed movie in the two warming tents. Noon-4 p.m. Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee. (708) 534-8499, reconnectwithnature. org.

50 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_050.indd 1

12/15/16 12:03 PM


Today’s time is 3 p.m.


$3, $2 members. 1-3 p.m. Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines. (847) 391-5399, desplaines TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. See Jan. 14.

Today’s performance location is Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, and time is 7:30 p.m.




Today’s performance location is Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, and time is 3 p.m.

craft hour for all ages. Reservations are appreciated. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-noon. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 728-8111,


Kids 5-12, with adult, learn about one of America’s most inspirational social activists who led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Celebrate this remarkable Nobel Peace Prize winner by creating a colorful collage.


Miss Jamie and her puppet friends

from the farm take the kids on a magical barnyard adventure that teaches healthy eating and happy (sustainable) farming in a sing-along, dance-along show. $6-$7. Doors open at 11 a.m., show begins at noon. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. (773) 2814444,



understand some of the principles of reading Egyptian hieroglyphs as well as some key hieroglyphs and phrases that show up on the Egyptian artifacts in many museums. Use post-visit activities to create an ancient Egyptianinspired code. $14, $10 member. 1-3 p.m. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. (773) 702-9514,

See Jan. 10.


Performance showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including group performances, duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created for the tour. $55-$75. 8 p.m. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. (312) 902-1500, the


Chicago Parent brings our popular Playdate event to families with special needs. Includes swimming (first come, first served), bouncy houses, an entertainment stage, vendors and a quiet room. $5 kids 3 and up; free kids 2 and under and adults; $8 day of. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. JCC Chicago, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook. chicagoparent. com/specialneedsplaydate.

Chicago Teacher, Inc. 1855 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647

(773) 252-8200

Hey Parents, Chicago Teacher, Inc. isn’t just for teachers! We have tons of stuff to keep your children busy outside of school. Check out our awesome arts & craft section for the days you’re stuck inside, workbooks to supplement class curriculum, or test prep material to strengthen their test taking skills. Our staff is comprised of teachers with creative ideas to support, challenge, and motivate your little worker bees.J Like our Facebook page, follow our boards on Pinterest, and just stop in! Need a book for tomorrow? For instant downloads, check out our online book resource: Chicago Teacher Store is located in Bucktown just south of Western, Armitage and Milwaukee. We are a short ride down North Ave or a quick trip on the Blue Line (2nd Western Stop), so please come visit our store! Our regular store hours are: Mon-Thurs 11:00-6:30 • Fri: 12:00-6:00 Sat: 10:00-4:00 • Sun: 12:00-4:00 ● Posters ● Flash Cards ● Bulletin Board Sets ● Math Manipulative ● ● Science Boards ● Workbooks ● Stickers ● Chore Charts ● Puzzles ● ● Calendars ● Awards ● Ribbons ● Arts & Crafts ● Maps ● ● Spanish Materials ● Seasonal Decorations ● ● Educational Games ● Banners ● Laminating Services ● Gift Cards ●

Each student’s path is different. So is our teaching approach.

Fusion Academy is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. We’re a non-traditional community of learning with the smallest class size possible: one student and one teacher per classroom. Contact a campus near you for more information!

Fusion Oak Brook 630.368.0824 Fusion Lake Forest 847.295.4039 Fusion Lincoln Park 866.330.9354 Fusion Evanston 866.489.7226 January 2017 51

CHIPAR0117_051.indd 1

12/16/16 11:16 AM




up, with adult, travel to Starved Rock State Park for the annual Eagle Watch Weekend. See live bird shows, view wild eagles fishing along the river, make crafts and participate in handson activities. Meals not included. $20. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. (847) 433-6901, hellernature CELEBRATION OF WINTER.

Enjoy cross country skiing, snow hayrides, making s’mores with the family, snowman building, and food and drink specials. Some activities are weather dependent. 3-6 p.m. Coyote Run Golf Course, 800 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor. (708) 957-0300, hfparks. com. TALES OF THE UNDERGROUND.

This event offers a glimpse into what fugitive slaves endured on their trip to freedom. Light refreshments are available. Registration required. Check website for cost and schedule. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. (815) 741-7277,


Climb 80 floors to the top of the Aon Center, one of Chicago’s tallest buildings, while raising money for the patients and families of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Discounted parking will be available. $50, free kids 12 and under. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave. (312) 227-4000, stepup. HUMAN TIM + ROBOT TIM.

Human-Tim + Robot-Tim have been making music for kids and families around Chicago since 2009. The unique human/robot make-up of the band allows them to create music that is both danceable and thinkable. Musically, the band encompasses a broad range of styles and influences. $6-$7. Doors open at 11 a.m., show begins at noon. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. (773) 281-4444, beat

52 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_052.indd 1

12/15/16 11:25 AM

3 shows

with a powerful message


f Hamilton has taught us anything (other than the fact that you can rhyme “Socrates” with “mediocrities”), it’s that theater has the power to teach, inspire and empower. So while your kiddos might not quite be ready to visit “The Room Where It Happens,” these three shows—on a decidedly more kidfriendly level—promise the same type of inspiration as Alexander, Aaron and Hercules. u Forget Batman and The Flash and even Supergirl. The real superhero kids should know about is the Night Runner, a fast-talking woman who helps a slave girl escape to freedom. Due to its subject matter, this show is recommended for ages 9 and up. But kids who are especially intrigued will want to stick around for a postshow discussion on things like oppression, perseverance and inner strength (Jan. 26 and

The Hundred Dresses

u It’s not always easy to fit in, especially when you look a little different. But when you have someone who is willing to stand up for you—and what’s right—it’s the basis for an amazing friendship. Chicago Children’s Theatre’s performance of The Hundred Dresses Feb. 5). $10. Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Chicago Playworks at DePaul University, Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive,

is based on the beloved book by Eleanor Estes, which is just as relevant in 2017 as it was when it was written in 1944. Jan. 17-Feb. 12. $39, $28 kids. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St, Chicago. (872) 222-9555, chicagochildrenstheatre. org. Chicago. (312) 922-1999, u We can all agree that Aesop was a pretty smart

guy, right? Lifeline Theatre’s newest play, Fable-ous, is inspired by Aesop’s arguably most famous tale, The Tortoise and the Hare. But in this version, the hare is a hotshot named Harrington T. Jordan who can’t quite understand how he lost a race to that slowpoke Tortoise. Hijinks will almost certainly ensue—as well as an important message on hard work. $15. Jan. 14-Feb. 19. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. (773) 7614477, Elizabeth Diffin

Camp 2017 FEBRUARY 2016




Fall for February


January - May

Five modern families

For more information, call (708) 386-5555 or visit


CP_Cover_February_2016.indd 3

1/12/16 2:31 PM January 2017 53

CHIPAR0117_053.indd 1

12/15/16 4:21 PM


To T odd ddler er Tu Tues es sd da ay ys s Seee pa Se pagee 577

EXHIBITS ENCHANTED RAILROAD. Opens Jan. 13. Children and families can enjoy the intricate model railroad as it winds through a four-season display. Watch as more than 10 model trains run on a two-level, larger-than-life platform. Free with arboretum admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb. org. WHAT IS A PLANET? Witness

how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto’s demotion; learn the current definition of a planet and hear what Adler astronomers think of it; voice your opinion about Pluto through an interactive voting

poll; explore artifacts that illustrate the evolving definition of a planet. Free with museum admission. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-STAR, DREAM WITH DA VINCI. Visitors

will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era, adding their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. Kids can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums; and dress up in Renaissance clothing. Free with museum admission. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 637-8000, dupagechildrens

FUN UNPLUGGED: LITTLE ADULTS. Located in the room across

from the museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins and more. DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. (630) 510-4941, dupage CHILDREN’S CHINA: CELEBRATING CULTURE, CHARACTER AND CONFUCIUS.

This interactive exhibit explores what life is like for children in China. Kids will celebrate the annual holiday, shop in a traditional Chinese neighborhood market, participate in a daily dragon parade and more.

Computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader. Free with museum admission. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600, ABOVE AND BEYOND. Guests learn about the scientific principles that allow us to fly through exhibition features such as motion-sensing technology that simulates the flight of a bird in a flock; a space elevator that transports guests to the edge of space; a virtual design challenge that allows guests to create and race supersonic fighter-jets and more. Free with museum admission. Museum of

54 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_054.indd 1

12/15/16 11:22 AM

ONGOING EVENTS Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 6841414, BRICK BY BRICK. Features more

than a dozen giant Lego-built structures, including a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge. Guests learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location; witness how form follows function; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper. Requires a separate, timedentry ticket. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, msi WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: THE WORKS OF MAURICE SENDAK. Explore original artworks

by Sendak, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities share about the renowned author—how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched


their lives. Free with museum admission. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, msi

Chicag Chic ago o Tr Trav avel e & Adventure Sh Ad Adve S ow Seee pa Se page ge 56


This interactive exhibit explores the history of rock and roll, uncovers the fundamental building blocks of music, demonstrates how instruments work, investigates how sounds are produced, reveals the science of sound recordings, and sheds light on careers in the music business. $14.95, $9.95 kids. Northbrook Court, 1515 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook. (847) 205-3333, FROGS: A CHORUS OF COLORS.

Get eyeball to eyeball with 70 vibrant and vocal frogs from around the world. The hands-on, familyfriendly adventure includes opportunities to glide like a flying frog on a mini-zip line, test jumping skills against various frogs and play dress

up in colorful frog costumes. Guests can activate recorded frog calls, view frog videos, spin a zoetrope and perform a virtual dissection. Free with

museum admission. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100,



Outstanding Pediatric Dental Care –

We take the fear out of dentistry for your child. • Shots and drilling are no longer necessary • Computer x-rays reduce your child’s exposure to radiation • We use smaller chairs and instruments • We welcome patients with special needs • Pleasant, comfortable surroundings

pediatric dentistry

It’s at the heart of what we do.

Nominated as one of CHICAGO’S FAVORITE



John P. Kenney, DDS, MS

Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Children's Dentistry in Park Ridge

As an award-winning practice, we pride ourselves on providing the finest comprehensive dental care for the children in our practice so they leave with a healthy smile and positive attitude toward dental care as they approach adulthood.

101 S. Washington St., Suite 114 Park Ridge, IL 60068


24-Hour Answering Service We are an Authorized Under Armour Performance Mouthwear Provider - with Armourbite® Technology

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

16345 S. Harlem • Tinley Park

708-633-8700 •

Infants, Children, Teens & Special Needs Children

1125 S. Harlem Ave., Forest Park (708) 386-5437 • (708) FUN-KIDS January 2017 55

CHIPAR0117_055.indd 1

12/15/16 11:23 AM



Explore the life of the ruler who vanquished his rivals, unified China’s states, constructed the first Great Wall, built roads, and standardized China’s script, currency, weights and measures. Included with All-Access and Discovery passes. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-9410,



hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci’s 500-year-old designs. The main features on display include the “bicycle,” “spring powered car,” “hang glider” and the “air screw” (a precursor to the helicopter). $18.95, $16.95 seniors, students and military, $14.95 kids 4-12, free kids under 4. Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. discover

170,000 square feet of holiday fun features indoor ice skating, entertainment, rides and inflatable slides. There are thousands of glistening lights, plush holiday décor and holiday trees. $10 Mini Pass; $23-$25 Activity Pass. Check website for schedule. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-PIER (595-7437), navypier. com/winterwonderfest WINTER CARNIVAL. Through Jan. 8. Activities include daily family public skate sessions, two charity hockey games, hockey/ figure skating lessons and much more. Some events are free and several require pre-registration. Check website for schedule. Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Road, Glenview. (847) 724-2800,


hundreds of powerboats, sailboats and RVs on display for attendees to view, board and shop, plus the latest in outdoor and marine, and plenty of hands-on interactive and educational activities. Young attendees will enjoy walking on water at the Rockin’, Rollin’ Bubbles exhibit or trying their hand at fishing at the Huck Finn Trout Pond. $14, $10 seniors on Jan. 14 only, free kids 15 and under. Check website for schedule. Jan. 11-15. McCormick Place - South Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. THE PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS CHICAGO INVITATIONAL. Fans will witness

thrilling 8-second rides and jawdropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-fueled event, as the Top 35 bull riders in the world risk it all against the best bucking bulls.

$22 and up. 7:45 p.m. Jan. 13; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14; 1:45 p.m. Jan. 15. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. (847) 635-6601, ILLINOIS SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION.

Watch snow-sculpting teams form “frozen art” from giant blocks of snow. Abstract shapes and whimsical figures take shape under the skilled hands of state and high school teams. Walk or drive the one-mile route through the park to see sculptures. Spectators can cast their vote for “People’s Choice.” Sunrise-10:30 p.m. Jan. 18-21. Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford. (815) 987-8800, CHICAGO TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW. Features

more than 1,200 travel experts from the world’s top destinations, tours and suppliers to help travel enthusiasts find, plan and book


Every Tooth Counts Pediatric Dental Center Carmella Barrett Perry, DDS Specialist in Dentistry for Infants, Children & Adolescents

• Flexible Hours • Insurance Accepted

Located 2 blocks from downtown Flossmoor 2711 Flossmoor Rd, Flossmoor, IL 60422

(708) 799-9755




Tutor Services Individualized sessions to your child’s needs by a certified tutor. Nanny Services We specialize in active role models who support your family’s lifestyle.

George Lin, D.D.S. Anjali Talati, D.M.D. Carol Nixon, D.D.S.

Buffalo Grove Business Park 195 Arlington Hts Rd., Suite 150 Buffalo Grove, IL 60089


College Hill Professional Building 690 N. Route 31 Crystal Lake, Il 60012


Ask us about our NO SHOT & NO DRILL Laser fillings!

Sitters Available Days, Nights, Weekends Lincoln Park • 773-697-9326 Glenview • 847-998-5657

56 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_056.indd 1

12/15/16 2:41 PM

ONGOING EVENTS their dream vacation. Stages include: the Destination Theater, where attendees can learn about specific destinations; the Savvy Traveler Stage, where visitors can gain tips on how to travel smarter; the Taste of Travel Stage, where top chefs hold cooking demos; and the Global Beats Stage, where performers invite visitors to feel the rhythm of exotic cultures. Family entertainment includes a rock climbing wall, camel rides and Segway rides. $15, $22 two-day; free kids 16 and under. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 21; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 22. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. (203) 878-2577 ext. 100, TODDLER TUESDAYS. Legoland opens early on the second floor exclusively for kids 5 and under. This year’s lineup includes Lego-inspired arts, crafts and minifigure masks, a visit from exotic animals, gymnastics and yoga classes, creative building and drawing classes, scavenger


Prrog P ogre ogre ress s ive ss e In Insu sura su ranc ra nce nc e Ch C Chic hic icag ago o Bo Boat at,, RV at R & Stri St r ct ri ctly tly ly Sai a l Sh S ow Seee pa Se page g 56 ge


Pediatric dentistry

Christopher J. Morin, DDS 811 W. Wellington, Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 871-4964 4801 W. Peterson Ave • Chicago, IL 60646


Evenings and Saturdays available. Practice limited to infants, children and adolescents. January 2017 57

CHIPAR0117_057.indd 1

12/15/16 11:23 AM

Wiinter W ntter n er Plla a ay y

ONGOING EVENTS hunts, obstacle courses and an interactive Magic Show. No session Jan. 3. $7 in advance; $9 at door. 10 a.m.-noon. Legoland Discovery Center, The Streets of Woodfield (next to Woodfield Mall), 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. (847) 592-9700, legolanddiscovery HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES.

Through Jan. 7. Enjoy cultural and natural history stories on 20-minute guided rides, weather permitting. Rides use sleighs if there’s ample snow on the trails. $5. 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. St. James Farm, Winfield and Butterfield roads, Warrenville. dupageforest. com.

See this Se See thhis is pag age

Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, ICE SKATING AT LINCOLN PARK ZOO. Whiz past the goats and cows

at the rink in Farm-in-the-Zoo. Snacks and winter warming drinks are available for purchase. $5; $5 skate rental. Weekends and MLK Day. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (312) 7422000, GNOME HOMES. After taking a

hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for the hiding gnomes, create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own. $10. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekends. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074,


Enjoy interactive story time and fun crafts indoors before heading out on the grounds for an adventure walk. Themes change each week. $5. 1111:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois

CRAFTS FOR KIDS. Kids 3 and up enjoy free crafts for kids at all Lakeshore locations. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Lakeshore Learning Store, multiple locations. lakeshore

NATURE DISCOVERY DAYS. The River Room is open for families to participate in self-guided activities. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. Naperville Park District, 305 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville. (630) 8485000, GNOME HUNT. Search for gnomes in the Children’s Garden using “I Spy” skills. Checklist provided. Free with arboretum admission. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The Morton

Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb. org. WINTER PLAY. A self-guided

glimpse into the world of outdoor play will depend on the day. Possibilities include painting snow or building a fort. Free with arboretum admission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074,


Pediatric eye care Pediatric Ophthalmologists

Medical and Surgical Eye Care for Infants, Children and Teens

Deena F. Leonard, M.D. Dana L. Kolton, M.D. Kathy Anderson, M.D.

Young kids in the house?

We can help you keep them safe! Custom Hardwood Gates Made in the USA

1•800 •531•9527

Muscle Imbalance (Lazy Eye) • Blocked Tear Ducts • Premature Infants • Routine Eye Exams

Buffalo Grove 847-459-6060 • Barrington 847-382-4116

Do you have


services to offer?

Call Chicago Parent @708-386-5555 to advertise them today!

58 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_058.indd 1

12/15/16 2:41 PM


Disn Di sney sn ey’s y’s s The he Litttle Me Merrm mai aid See pa Se page age ge 60

DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY. Through Jan. 7. Enter the

whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters and laugh at the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the differences in every child. Recommended for ages 3-9. $19 and up. Check website for schedule. Emerald City Theatre Company, Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 9356100, CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES. Through Jan. 8.

Experience the classic fairy-tale heroine in a completely new light. Here, Cinderella’s version of happilyever-after is a chance to realize her

professional dreams. In signature Hypocrites’ style, the performers act as their own orchestra. $36, $15 students. 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Treehouse at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. JUNIE B. JONES IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS!

Through Jan. 8. Based on the bestselling book series by Barbara Park, this show explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. Recommended for ages 4-10. $19 and up. Check website for schedule. Emerald City Theatre Company, Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.,

Chicago. (773) 935-6100, emerald A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.

Through Jan. 8. ‘Tis the season to celebrate everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Recommended for families with kids ages 3-13. Call or check website for cost and schedule. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. (800) 775-2000, broadwayinchicago. com. THE OTHER CINDERELLA.

Through Jan. 8. The show joyously retells the familiar fairy tale with an Afro-centric twist. Features original music, exciting dances and a heartwarming story that reminds audiences

of the greatness of the human spirit. $55-$65. 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon St., Chicago. (773) 769-4451, blackensemble THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: WINTER WONDERLAND MATINEES. Bring the entire family

to escape the winter doldrums at this line-up of safe, funny, heart-warming and perfectly weird stories written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage and performed by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members. $12, $6 kids under 12. 2 p.m. Sundays. Jan. 8-29. Barrel of Monkeys, The Neo-Futurarium Theater (2nd Floor), 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. (312) 409-1954, January 2017 59

CHIPAR0117_059.indd 1

12/15/16 2:40 PM


FEBRUARY 11 & 12


blockbuster Disney movie comes to life. Join Ariel on her quest for love and life on land. $44-$59. Check website for schedule. Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.

Opens Jan. 18. Jack and his dancing Spanish cow Carmelita try to save their village from the crazy giant. Recommended for families with kids 2-12. $12. Check website for schedule. 10:30 a.m. weekdays. Stahl Family Theater, 5900 W. Belmont, Chicago. (773) 205-9600, chicago

© 2016 Spin Master. All Rights Reserved. 68856 12/16


Purchase tickets at , The Chicago Theatre Box Office or 800-745-3000 The Chicago Theatre provides disabled accommodations and sells tickets to disabled individuals through our Disabled Services department, which may be reached at 888-609-7599 any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ticketmaster orders are subject to service charges.


The second Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival showcases an entertaining, eclectic and eye-popping array of puppet styles from around the world. Marionettes, shadow puppets, Bunraku, tiny toy puppets, animated objects and other emerging forms of puppetry will all be on display at Chicago’s top cultural institutions all over the city. In addition to public performances, visiting artists will lead free, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, family drop-in events, late night Puppet Slams and special presentations on the history

and craft of puppetry. Check website for schedule and cost. Jan. 19-29. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.

Opens Jan. 19. Sing along with Red and her friends as she travels through the forest to visit her grandma. Will she get to Grandma’s before the Big Bad Wolf? Recommended for families with kids 2-12. $12. 10:30 a.m. weekdays. Chicago Kids Company, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. (773) 205-9600, THE MAGIC FLUTE. Through Jan.

27. A family-friendly tale of a prince searching for a captive princess, filled with a cast of enchanting characters, a menacing dragon and a trio of delightful “genies,” portrayed by Chicago child actors. Revel in a combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius of Mozart’s music, in this introduction to opera for all ages. $34, $20 kids. Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. (312) 827-5912, THE SNOW QUEEN. This frozen

fairy tale comes to life in an all-new adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson classic. Follow Gerda on her quest to save her sister Kai before they are trapped in the Snow Queen’s palace. Performances at Joliet Junior


plan your birthday party around these coming movies! 1-13: Monster Trucks 1-27: A Dog's Purpose 2-10: The Lego Batman Movie

Diiar D ary of of a Wo W orrm m, a Spid Sp derr & a Fly y SSeee ee pa page gee 59

60 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_060.indd 1

12/15/16 11:25 AM


A new play inspired by Aesop’s fables


Hainsworth Currie

Directed by Heather

A n y t hin

Ju uni n e B. B Jon o es s in Jin ngl g e Be B llls, s Batm Ba tman an Sme melllls! s! See pa p ge g 59

g is


January 14 – February 19, 2017


College, North Central College, Museum of Science & Industry, Tivoli Theatre, Prairie Center for the Arts and more. $8.50. 10:30 a.m. Check website for schedule. AlphaBet Soup Productions, P.O. Box 85, Lombard. (630) 932-1555, PIGPEN. An interactive,

musical story time for kids 6 months to 3 years. Free coffee is included for parents. 10 a.m. Thursdays. Bughouse Theater, 1910 W. Irving Park, Chicago. JUICEBOX. Parents and

young children can enjoy Chicago’s best music, dance and theater in a kid-friendly setting. Kids can sit on the floor, walk around, meet the artists and sometimes play with instruments and puppets. Parents are welcome to bring snacks and juiceboxes. 11 a.m. first and third Friday at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago; 11 a.m.

first and third Saturday at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. dcase.

ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S WE ARE IN A PLAY! Sat, Feb 11 at 10am & 1pm


vised children’s show full of music, art, laughs and audience participation. Recommended for families with kids 2-12. $10 kids, adults free. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Bughouse Theater, 1910 W. Irving Park, Chicago.

Based on Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books comes a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical. Recommended & best for ages four and up!


THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD. Professional improvisers take

suggestions and volunteer performers from the audience to come on stage and co-create a 45-minute story. Each original performance is transformed into a digital and physical storybook. $15-$25. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago. greateststorynevertold. org.

Odd Squad - Live!

Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart Apr 09

Mar 04


2016-17 SEASON SPONSOR YEARS January 2017 61

CHIPAR0117_061.indd 1

12/15/16 4:21 PM


 2 New Quad Chairlifts!  8 New Trails!

! e e r F i k S s d i K e r e h W




othing brings a family together like skiing, and at Cascade Mountain kids 12 and under

ski free when accompanied by a paid adult. Cascade is an easy drive, and is just a few minutes from the indoor water parks and hotels of Wisconsin Dells. Make this a winter well spent!

 62 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_062.indd 1

12/15/16 1:38 PM

I play for my pay...You can too!


Discovery Toys needs consultants in the Chicago area

January 2nd - January 28th

20%-75% Off

Eager to make a difference for children & families?

Host your get together and do your birthday/holiday shopping for FREE!

Final 2 Days Only: 50% Off All Clothing January 27th Only* 75% Off All Clothing January 28th Only*

Mon-Sat 10-6

Closed January 29th &30th Now Accepting Spring Consignment


*Cash Only: January 27th & 28th

Sun 12-5

954 W. Armitage • Chicago (773) 883-0880 •

847-905-1293 • •

Discover our online store at • Shop with us 24/7!


Sitters Available Days, Nights, Weekends


T D. S, L


Nanny Services • Tutor Services





For more info, contact: Lincoln Park • 773-697-9326 | Glenview • 847-998-5657

Mary J. Hayes, D.D.S., M.S. Joanne R. Oppenheim, D.D.S. Marilia Montero, D.D.S.

3330 N. Lockwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60641 HOURS 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM

737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1330 Chicago, Illinois 60611 Tel. 312 266 8198

register today! 773-993-0536 •


Be part of our special day!


Chicago Parent brings our popular Playdate event to families with special needs.


Swimming! (first come, first serve) • Bouncy Houses Entertainment Stage • Quiet Room • Vendors

Saturday, Jan. 28 2 sessions: 10am-12:30pm/1pm-3:30pm JCC Chicago | 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook

Visit for advance tickets and info! January 2017 63

CP_Mrkplc_Class_Jan2017.indd 63

12/15/16 3:57 PM


In praise of pooches


aybe we’ve watched “Iron Will” a few too many times, but there’s just something about sled dogs—aka huskies— that, ironically, makes us melt. So we’re looking forward to Morton Arboretum’s “Husky Heroes,” a weekend devoted to the beautiful dogs who can pull sleds through drifts of snow. The weekend includes demos of sled-pulling (natch) as well as skijoring, a fascinating sport where huskies pull a person on skis. (You may want to hide any skis once you get home to

prevent a more amateur—and dangerous—attempt.) Plus, families can visit with the pups and their human counterparts and get their picture taken with an authentic dogsledding rig. And for families who are looking to grow by at least one canine member, Adopt A Husky Inc. will be on site with information about adopting one of the furry fellows. Because if there’s one thing that “Iron Will” taught us, it’s that sled dogs make pretty fantastic—and devoted—friends. And couldn’t we all use one of those? Elizabeth Diffin

Husky Heroes

u 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 28-29 u Free with arboretum admission u The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle u

64 January 2017

CHIPAR0117_064.indd 1

12/15/16 11:05 AM

Our family of family magazines

194 merry makers


2016 | FREE



Ways to give back


3 sweet stories


Join our cookie exchange




Going Places FREE | FALL 2016

IEP: What you don’t know

Take a hike

Love X2




Every month

11/15/16 4:18 PM

Food, football




Holidays Chicago style CP_Cover_DECEMBER _2016.indd 1

Specıal Parent SUMMER 2016


fall fun

Stop parent shaming


Twice a Year

*Cover HEY BABY 2016.indd 3

10/6/16 2:46 PM

SP_Cover_Summer2016.indd 3


7/6/16 11:37 AM

Twice a Year

GP Cover Fall 2016.indd 5

9/1/16 9:38 AM

Online at

CHIPAR0117_CV3.indd 1

12/15/16 11:05 AM

BOOK SMART & LIFE SMART From preschool through 8th grade our engaged students learn to make good decisions. Nurtured in a climate of creativity and computational thinking, they explore problem solving in fresh and useful ways. They graduate as empathetic, culturally competent students able to confidently adapt to an ever-changing world.

Visit Us

Online or in person

CHIPAR0117_CV4.indd 1

Preschool through 8th Grade Located in Chicago’s Old Town 226 West Schiller--2 miles from the loop 312.266.3381

12/15/16 11:05 AM


MAKING GRADE Your best guide to CHICAGOLAND schools

Teaching digital natives


Homework tips

Beyond standards Why private schools work

PL US info y ou need about ... Pre sch o ols , Elementary, High Sc h ools , Enrichment, Tu to ring Serv ices and more

MTG_cover_2017_v2.indd 1


12/13/16 5:51 PM

Be Ambitious!

There is no limit to what your child can achieve at British International School of Chicago, South Loop. Our personalized approach to learning enables students ages 3 to 18 to dream big and reach their highest potential. Complete a 2017-18 application on our website by January 9.

(773) 998-2472

MTG2017_covers.indd 2

12/13/16 5:53 PM

Summer Camp at chicago

waldorf school

Spend the summer in action! Creative Play • Nature • Arts & Crafts • Music • Urban Exploration • Afternoons at the Beach...

and more!

Early Childhood & Grade School Camps Early Childhood: Outdoor Free Play Camp Grade School: Available for grades 1-3 Offering Eight 1-Week Sessions | June 19-August 4 | Full & Half Day Options

Pick one week, multiple weeks or all summer!

Learn more at Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 1


12/13/16 5:53 PM

Connecting Students To Tomorrow’s World Lakeshore East

At GEMS World Academy – Chicago, we prepare today’s students for next-generation challenges. Our accredited International Baccalaureate curriculum, innovative approach to technology and commitment to service learning give students the insight, passion and skills they need to transform the world. Visit GEMS to learn more about our new Upper School program and our expanded world language offerings. See how we collaborate with our Early Years campus to create a cohesive international education experience from early childhood to college, preparing students to become tomorrow's global leaders.

Schedule a Tour Today!

Lincoln Park

Call 312-809-8910 or email 2 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 2

EARLY YEARS Special Advertising Supplement

12/14/16 10:13 AM

Whole-Child, Personalized Education for the 21st Century New Junior Kindergarten to 8th Grade School Opening in Lincoln Park in Fall 2018 AltSchool offers a whole-child, personalized education to prepare students for their future by developing self-awareness, nurturing their innate capabilities, and fostering collaboration skills. Our educators engage students by involving them in their own learning and incorporating projectbased learning to help students develop initiative and responsibility for their education. We invite you to join our dynamic community in New York, San Francisco, and now Chicago. We will begin accepting applications in fall 2017.


Whole-Child Education

Project-Based Learning

Transformative Progress

“My son is more confident, happy, and excited about school than I have ever seen him before.” — Rebecca, AltSchool Parent, San Francisco

Attend an Upcoming Event 610 W. Schubert Avenue | | Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 3


12/13/16 5:54 PM

Collaboration. Creativity. Curiosity.

British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park is an international private school for children ages 2 to 11 years old. Visit us to learn more about our Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme, which prepares our students for the world’s stage and our STEAM curriculum in collaboration with MIT, which will have your young inventor learning how to build the future. Our global community of 43 schools provides meaningful and tangible international experiences for our students building their intercultural understanding and global perspectives. 773-506-2097 4 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 4

Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:54 PM




Philip Soell


Andrew Mead



Annette Coffee, Christine Griffith, Lourdes Nicholls, Karen Skinner CIRCULATION MANAGER

Jill Wagner


Caleb Thusat


Laurie Myers PUBLISHER


How schools are helping kids learn best


Technology advances streamline kids’ learning experiences

Five schools that are seeing success with students

Digital natives require different teaching methods

By Shannan Younger


Educating the whole child

What you can learn from techniques some Chicago schools are using


The pros of choosing a private school for early education

By Shannan Younger


How to get your child off to the best start

Homework 101

What parents need to know about making the most of homework

By Carrie Rodovich

By Carrie Rodovich

By Shannan Younger

FIND MORE AT: Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 5



Ed Panschar


CIRCULATION Making the Grade is published by Wednesday Journal, Inc. Our offices are at 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Chicago Parent Making the Grade, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302. © 2017 Wednesday Journal, Inc. All rights reserved.


12/13/16 5:54 PM

Experience Learning. Apply Now


to learn more and start your application.

GCE Lab School’s inquiry and project-based learning model offers a world-class high school education that prepares students for success in college and life.

Lincoln Park, Chicago


MTG2017.indd 6

Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:54 PM


How schools are helping kids learn best Five that are seeing success with students

By Shannan Younger


eachers recognize that each child in their class learns in their own unique way and the challenge is finding a way to reach each one while not ignoring another. We reached out to some of the best from around Chicagoland to see how their schools embrace the most current research to ensure that they are using best practices to help each student learn. INCLUDE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES TO MAKE LEARNING MEANINGFUL Parents shouldn’t expect school to Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 7

be like it was when they were students. “What we’ve learned about the young brain in the past 20 years is amazing and has flipped the experience,” says Meg Fitzgerald, early childhood director at Bennett Day School in Chicago. “Good teaching is about learning processes, not just fact based learning. And we know that real world experiences are more beneficial than worksheets, because what’s personal to kids is what gets ingrained.” For early childhood students at Bennett, that can mean a trip to the park to examine worms or a science project to

determine the best way to make orange juice after a student inquired about it. MAKE THE MOST OF THE MIND BODY CONNECTION Immaculate Conception Grade School in Elmhurst has implemented active learning. “Tons of research shows everyone learns through movement. Moving increases comprehension,” explains teacher Laura Bedore. Students use purposeful movement with programs like GoNoodle and Adventure to Fitness to both develop continued on page 8 MAKING THE GRADE 2017 7

12/13/16 5:54 PM

Success continued from page 7

memory and fluency and have two action based breaks during the day. Bedore kicks it old school by teaching her kids different dances during those breaks. “I’ve gone retro. We do the Hustle,” she says. Classrooms at Immaculate Conception also have nontraditional seating options including yoga balls and even pedal bikes. “There’s a lot of kids who just naturally have bounds of energy, and giving them the opportunity to move allows them to feel more comfortable and confident in the classroom,” Bedore says. EMPHASIZING THE STUDENT TEACHER RELATIONSHIP The student teacher relationship can make a big difference in both how and how much a student learns. Rocco Gargiulo, assistant principal and math teacher at Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest, says that fostering the relationship can allow a teacher to determine how each child learns best. When students realize that teachers really do want to help them and are not scary, students more likely to self advocate. The all girls school matches students with a faculty mentor as part of their advisory program and allows time for one on one meetings with humanities teachers so that teachers can provide specific feedback to each student. Faculty members also get to know students outside of class, which gives them an understanding of that child and the ability to relate the subject matter back to something they know that student is interested in, be it a specific sport, book they’re reading or the arts. “We are able to engage them 8 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 8

and it makes students feel safe, comfortable and well known, which helps them become better students in our classes,” Gargiulo says. OFFERING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES The arts are integrated throughout the curriculum in both big and small ways at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts in Chicago, which Principal Casimer Badynee says helps kids of all learning styles reach their full potential. “There is not one successful type of kid here,” Badynee says. “Kids connect with art in different ways and we look at multiple data points, which can be a test or it can be a performance on stage, a work of art or a composition.” One key to helping kids learn best is to offer learning opportunities at every turn, which happens in a very literal sense at Alphonsus, Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:55 PM

where student work lines the halls and is visible throughout the school. “The classroom is not the only sanctuary for learning. Even when kids are moving from one room to another, they are surrounded by the arts and that’s a chance for kids to engage and understand.”


CONTINUALLY EVOLVE Julia Kelly, principal of Queen of Angels Elementary School in Chicago, stresses that schools need to be continually evolving. “You have to stay current with educational trends. Our staff is motivated to research new teaching models, and there are different instructional methods going on in our classrooms,” she says. Parents can support teachers by being involved and aware of what is going on in the classroom. “Put trust and faith in the teachers that they are looking out for the best interest of their child and doing all they can to help them learn.”

Call us today for a FREE Tria l Session! 2nd –8 th gra for more de only. Call info school st on high udents.

It's exciting when Math Makes Sense! At Mathnasium, we believe that every child has the ability to be successful in math—it’s a matter of teaching the way that makes sense to them. When math makes sense, kids excel—whether they’re far behind or eager to get ahead. For more than a decade, the Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids in grades 2–12 understand and appreciate math. We build math knowledge upon what they already know—this helps kids learn quickly and boosts their confidence right away. When math makes sense, grades improve, excitement grows, and doors open! To find the Mathnasium Center serving your community, call

844-GOT-MATH (468-6284)

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 9


12/13/16 5:55 PM


Elizabeth Garino

Family: Husband Ryan, kids Gabe, 6th grader, Theo, 2nd grader, and Joey, 3 Hometown: Chicago School: Sacred Heart School, Chicago WHY A PRIVATE SCHOOL WORKS FOR US: While it may seem overwhelming at first to research elementary schools while your child is only 2 or 3 years old, Ryan and I saw this process as an opportunity. We researched great public school options and many wonderful private schools. We were looking for a school with strong academics, of course. We were also interested in joining a community where our children’s moral and spiritual development would be addressed as well. Sacred Heart was a perfect fit for our family. The school has a stellar

academic reputation and a particularly robust middle school program. The class sizes are very small and

students receive language, art, music and physical education in regular rotation. They have access to free before and after school care, as well as a diverse set of afterschool and sports offerings. We love that students come from all over the city (thanks to a large bus program servicing a variety of neighborhoods), so our kids meet friends from all over. Most of all, Sacred Heart works for us because we feel that the school has a very

strong sense of community and is truly a partner to us in developing our sons’ sense of morality and what it means to be a good friend, family member and neighbor. OUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER PARENTS: Take the time to talk to anyone you can at the schools you are researching. I can’t tell you how many phone chats or coffees I had with friends or random people that friends referred me to in order to get a sense of the community and opportunities offered by each school. Go to the schools, attend the tours, talk to parents, and ask questions! If you are willing to embark on this process and really think about what is important to your family, you have a chance to make a very tailored choice to what fits with your specific family. That is pretty amazing!

Celebrating 140 years in Chicago and 200 years around the world Sacred Heart is an independent school, K— 8, rooted in the Catholic tradition. Inspired teaching, personalized learning, and a supportive community combine to ensure our students thrive academically and grow in goodness, self-knowledge, and service to others. Now accepting applications for 2017-18.

Your child is our mission.

Join us for an Admissions Coffee January 18, February 8, April 5, May 3 9:30-11 am To register call (773) 681-8418 or 6250 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois 60660


MTG2017.indd 10

Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:56 PM

Coming Soon! NORTH CENTER CAMPUS Opening Fall 2017



At Blue Bird Day Therapeutic Preschool and Kindergarten, we maximize your child’s potential and prepare them for a lifetime of successful learning. Our program embraces a multisensory curriculum incorporating principles of Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Zoophonics, Handwriting Without Tears and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding. Our goals and treatment plans are individualized to meet each student’s unique needs.

Daily services include: • Speech Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy

• Nutrition Counseling • Developmental Therapy • Behavior Therapy

Call 312.243.8487 for enrollment information. Blue Bird Day | 304 N. Loomis Street | Chicago, IL 60607 312. 243.8487 | Special Advertising Supplement © 2016 Blue Bird Day. All rights reserved.

MTG2017.indd 11


12/13/16 5:56 PM


Educating the whole child

What you can learn from techniques some Chicago schools are using By Shannan Younger


tudents learn so much more than reading and math in school; they are developing a wide variety of abilities, including social emotional skills, physical abilities, curiosity and self worth. Here are a few ways that Chicagoland schools have incorporated educating the whole child into their curriculum. FOSTERING IMAGINATION AND INNOVATION Area schools have very much taken to heart the Margaret Mead quote that “children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” That often includes thinking outside the box and being both imaginative and innovative. “It’s important in Waldorf education 12 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 12

that children get to exercise their imagination. … We do that by giving kids strong academic education in a wide variety of subjects and also a lot of opportunities to develop artistically. The idea is that every time a child has an artistic experience, it gives them the opportunity to exercise their own imaginations and also develop resilience and courage that you need in life,” says Carol Triggiano, an eighth grade class teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School. Using imagination and trying out new ideas are key to the focus on innovation at Quest Academy in Palatine. “The technology students will be using when they graduate high school or college does not exist today, so we need to teach kids to be creative and to innovate,” explains Khalek Kirkland, head of school.

FOCUS ON SPIRITUALITY For religious schools, educating the whole child includes exploring students’ faith. “As a faith based school, we can tap into the students’ spiritual lives, not in the sense that we are training them to be little Lutherans, but we are asking them to think about issues over and beyond what is in the textbook,” explains Chris Comella, principal at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Chicago. The religious education program at Pilgrim includes chapel buddies as well as a service component. Comella says the service opportunities not only allow kids to contribute to their community, it opens up discussion and questions in the classroom. Similarly, the Chicago Jewish Day Special Advertising Supplement

12/16/16 2:00 PM

School includes spirituality in its effort to help students grow as a person. “Being a Jewish school, the spiritual part is an integrated part of teaching the whole child,” says Jill Kushnir LeVee, assistant head of school.


DEVELOPING SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS The foundation for success in the real world starts very early on, and teaching “soft skills” sets the stage for even the youngest students to function well both in the classroom and the world outside of school. “The research is strong that if there is a focus on social emotional learning, the academic gains are great, too,” says Kushnir LeVee. Kathryn Barnaby, executive director of Kidwatch Plus in Chicago, says for anyone to succeed, we need to learn to get along with others. “Kidwatch’s classrooms teach rules such as waiting patiently, taking turns, and sharing while encouraging them to make friends and settling conflicts peacefully,” she says.

Chicago Jewish Day School holds morning meetings in each classroom to provide opportunities to develop social emotional skills. “While the meetings look different depending on grade level, they are a time for teachers to gather with students to work on skills like greeting each other, listening and asking

questions.” At Quest, lunch time is an opportunity to build social skills. Students are given cards of different colors and sit with people with the same color card. Kirkland says this is a gentle way of pushing students outside of their comfort zone and building the skills they will need to work with diverse groups of people at school and in the workplace. Educators agreed that educating the whole child doesn’t happen just in the classroom and that it often requires a collaborative effort between home and school. The goal of integrating these components into the school day is to help children emerge with a full battery of skills that will help them succeed in all areas. As Comella says, “When kids leave our school, they have both a great academic education and this whole view of the community and the world in which they live that they wouldn’t have gotten if we focused only on reading and math scores.”

SKOKIE MONTESSORI SCHOOL A small school with big learning for children ages 2 to 12. Skokie Montessori School is highly rated for providing a strong academic program and parent satisfaction. The Montessori philosophy supports every child’s needs and develops their strengths in secure and engaging learning environments. Skokie Montessori School Call us today to schedule a tour. 847-679-4614 Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 13


12/16/16 2:00 PM


The Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago is the only all girls public school in the city. We inspire urban girls to engage in rigorous college preparatory learning in a small school that emphasizes math, science and technology and nurtures their self-con�idence and challenges them to achieve. Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Academic Year Serving 9th-12th Grade Transfer students accepted 100% Graduation Rate 100% College Acceptance 2642 S. Calumet Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 312.949.9400

“Girls of Today, Leaders ofTomorrow”

Our students are LEADERS. Whether they go on to pursue careers in science, engineering or the arts, the skills and education they receive at YWLCS will help make sure they are prepared. 14 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 14

Cynthia Covian-Hernandez

Family: Husband Salvador Hernandez, kids Ixchel, 11, Xoaquin, 9, Quetzaly, 5, and Itzayana, 2 Hometown: Chicago School: Francis Xavier Warde WHY A PRIVATE SCHOOL WORKS FOR US: When we started our search for kindergarten for our daughter 8 years ago, we were overwhelmed with the complexity of the admissions process of the public schools. Rather than trying to deal with the selective enrollment process or public school lottery system, we decided to look into the private schools instead. We heard about FXW through friends and learned about the school’s mission, which was aligned with our goals. We love the school’s mission of providing education to students of all faiths, ethnicities and economic backgrounds. At FXW, our children have the opportunity to not only learn about their Catholic religion but (learn) about other faith traditions as well. We wanted our kids to be in an environment that not only nurtures them but also teaches them to respect and help others. At FXW, families, students, and faculty perform service projects throughout

the city. Children have the opportunity to attend FXW regardless of their socio-economic status. The school awards need-based scholarships through the help of many organizations, sponsors and fundraiser events. In a private school, parents also have a greater opportunity to become more involved in their child’s education and school. FXW is a close knit community where families get to know each other and work together to accomplish the same goal of creating a safe environment for our children and creating friendships for lifetime. One of the main reasons we selected a private school like FXW was that our children will be challenged academically. The classroom sizes at FXW are smaller, which leads to more one on one attention from the teachers and the children have a better chance of academic success. OUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER PARENTS: We advise families to do their research and make a list of schools. Attend open houses, look at the school’s mission; understand your child’s needs and economic status. Talk to families that have children in the public and private schools. Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:57 PM

A growing child. An expanding world. At Bright Horizons, we provide an exceptional place for children to thrive. Conveniently located near where you live and work, our individualized curriculum and experienced teachers inspire children at every age and stage.

Locations in the City of Chicago and suburbs, including our newest school in Skokie�•�Enriched curriculum for infants through kindergarten prep, plus school age camps�•�Flexible schedules�•�Drop-in care

Schedule a Visit To Find the Center Nearest You: Call (877) 624-4532 Or visit us online:

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 15


12/13/16 5:57 PM


Homework 101

What parents need to know about making the most of homework By Shannan Younger

Kids are known for dreading having to do their homework, and more and more, parents are making their dislike of homework known, too. We asked some Chicago area educators for their take on what parents need to know about homework and how to help their kids get the maximum benefit from it.


SEE IT AS A WINDOW INTO YOUR CHILD’S WORLD Homework is not intended to be punishment. In fact, schools view it as a helpful tool for parents to gain insight into what goes on during the school day. “We view homework as a way for parents to feel connected to their child’s learning and what is going on in their school life. Our goal is not that 16 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 16

parents would reteach lessons and concepts, but allow their child to show them what they have learned and are accomplishing,” explains Sarah Lofsness, assistant principal and kindergarten teacher at St. John Lutheran School in Libertyville. TO BE POSITIVE 2 TRYChildren quickly pick up on the

messages they get from their parents — about homework and everything else in life. “Watch your body language,” advises Annie Melville, lower school principal at Morgan Park Academy in Chicago, who notes that this is something she’s worked on as a parent. As a teacher, though she says, “You really can tell the kids whose parents hate homework.” A positive attitude from the parent

will carry over to the child. If one or both of you is feeling stressed, the educators support taking short breaks. HOMEWORK IS FOR THE KIDS, 3 NOT PARENTS

Being aware of homework is good and even important, but the experts all agreed that parents should not complete the homework for their children. “Our philosophy is that homework is for the students to do because it reinforces what was taught in the classroom. They should be able to do it on their own,” says Jeanine Rocchi, principal at St. Celestine Catholic School in Elmwood Park. That doesn’t mean homework will always be easy, but then again, learning can be challenging. “Part of the process of learning involves a bit of struggle, Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:57 PM

but sometimes the children say, ‘This is so hard, I can’t do it,’” adds Rocchi. If children are stuck, she suggests parents give them enough help to get them back on track and then allow them to complete the assignment on their own. She’s also in favor of parents reviewing assignments once kids have finished them. When students do master a challenging concept with minimal help, they feel successful. “When they get through the struggle, they gain that inner self confidence of knowing they can do it,” Rocchi says. COMMUNICATION WITH THE 4 TEACHER IS KEY

Parents should not shy away from talking with teachers about homework. “It’s very important for parents to communicate with teachers so they can work together to be successful. It also helps clarify misconceptions on both ends,” says Rocchi. Melville encourages parents to reach out to teachers when the homework is overwhelming a child, noting that teachers want and need to know when a child is having a difficult time.


COMPLETED Every family has one of those nights occasionally when things go off the rails due to unforeseen events. Chances are your child’s teacher has seen it before. “We want our students to develop healthy work habits and learn responsibility to prepare them for their future. Having said that, we know that there are exceptions with everything and an evening may not go at all as planned,” Lofsness says. “Communication with the teacher is key and our faculty communicates every day with our parents and will work to help find a solution.” Melville agrees, noting that if it’s late and kids are just trying to cram homework in, odds are they won’t retain much of the information. In addition to letting the teacher know what’s going on, she suggests parents also offer a date they can expect the work completed. OPTING OUT OF HOMEWORK 6ISN’T OK Some parents are saying no to

homework, but that can be a slippery slope, Melville says. “You don’t want kids to think that obligations are optional,” she says. She also notes that in a worst case scenario, opting out can send a message that disregarding authority is OK. Even if it isn’t taken to that extent, it can confuse the child. “If you’re saying mom and dad trump the teacher, then the kids aren’t sure where they stand when they’re in the classroom. It gets really tricky.” Instead of opting out, talk with the school and teacher about their approach to homework. Melville says teachers at Morgan Park are reevaluating how they handle homework, noting that research does not show a strong connection between heavy homework loads and student achievement. She says just as they differentiate instruction in the classroom, homework should be differentiated, too. “What’s 10 minutes for one student may not be 10 minutes for another,” she explains. Taking a personalized approach can help find the right amount of homework that is beneficial but not overwhelming to all students and families.

June 12-August 4, 2017 Preschool-High School

Registration opens January 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. 312.582.6080 Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 17


12/13/16 5:57 PM


CC Dierdorff

Family: Husband Erich, kids Leir, 8, and Pela, 4; family dog Marigold and Midnight the hamster Hometown: Chicago School: Science & Arts Academy WHY A PRIVATE SCHOOL WORKS FOR US: We looked into private school options when we learned that public school was not working well for our family. Our son attended a highly regarded, selective enrollment school for kindergarten and first grade. It became very apparent early on that he was not in an environment that provided differentiation and allowed him to progress at a more rapid pace. By the middle of first grade, our son was having serious difficulties slowing down. He was exhibiting signs of anxiety

and began losing the love of learning. Knowing we had to find a better fit for him, we sought advice from a school consultant. He suggested we specifically look at gifted schools because they offer differentiated instruction and teach to the top, whereas public schools teach to the bottom and conventional private schools teach to the middle. After a long journey, we found Science & Arts

Academy and we are incredibly happy to say it is a perfect fit. The school offers a strong curriculum, teaching methods that focus on gifted education, differentiated instruction in every subject, and accelerated learning that is built into each classroom. Not only did we find a school that taught our children (our 4-year old attends too) about social and emotional learning, kindness, and inclusivity, but we also benefit from

Personal, engaged education – for 100 years.

classrooms focused on team work, profoundly talented teachers, a visionary head of school, an atmosphere geared toward nurturing every child, and an absolutely phenomenal drama, fine art, and music program. Everyday our children participate in a culture of motivation, achievement, and excellence. Both of our children are so excited about going to school because their curiosities are met and inspired each and every day. OUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER PARENTS: When looking into schools, first identify your child’s specific needs and then look for a school that can meet those needs. When you find a school that is potentially a good fit, ask to speak to other parents and have your child meet students from his or her grade before making a final decision.

At Roycemore, we k now that it ’s important to nurture a love of learning and excitement about coming to school every day. From pre-school through high school, our faculty are skilled at recognizing how to help students achieve their best in a challenging yet supportive academic environment. With our sliding scale tuition model, we strive to make the advantages of a Roycemore education—small classes, being known personally, a welcoming, diverse community—a reality for as many academically qualified students as possible Call Amanda Avery at 847-866-6055 or come to an Admissions Morning and see how we inspire and nurture excellence every day.

Join us for our next Admissions Morning Tuesday, January 31, 8:30-10 AM 18 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 18

1200 Davis Street in Evanston Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:58 PM

All-School Op


House Wednesday, Ja n. 25, 6:30–7 p. m. Call 708-366-69 00 for more inform ation

Grace Lutheran School


. . . where children grow in faith, academics and character. Early Childhood classrooms for children age 3 to 5 ▪︎ Develop social and academic skills

in free play and structured activities

▪︎ Half-day and full-day options for 4- and 5-year-olds

▪︎ Learn about God’s love Elementary grades 1–8 ▪︎ Experienced teachers ▪︎ Nurturing family environment ▪︎ Support for individual

Studies show an all-girls’ educational environment, like that found at Woodlands Academy, empowers girls to participate more and excel. Call (847) 234-4300 for your personal tour of our campus.

learning styles

▪︎ Music, art and sports teams ▪︎ Before and after-school care available

Bill Koehne, principal 7300 Division St. ▪︎ River Forest, IL 60305 708-366-6900

760 East Westleigh Road | Lake Forest, IL 60045 |

W O O D L A N D S A C A D E M Y. O R G

“Nurturing children and families through play since 1968” Located on North Michigan Avenue, across from the John Hancock

Fourth Church

Day School Half-day preschool programs for children aged 2–5 years old

Call 312.640.2579 for more information and to schedule a tour

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 19


12/13/16 5:58 PM


Technology advances streamline kids’ learning experiences Digital natives require different teaching methods

By Carrie Rodovich

Technology has come a long way since Jennifer Garetto joined the staff of Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove 13 years ago. “When I started … we had a Palm Pilot program,” she says. “We’ve seen how technology changes, and those are long gone. We keep evolving into better programming and better equipment, from eighth grade on down.” The school, where she is a middle school teacher, has a 1:1 program, so each student has his or her own tablet. “We call it a classroom without limits, 20 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 20

so you can do things at home or at school. Learning doesn’t have to stop when they leave the classroom,” she says. “Teaching has changed, because they are digital natives and we no longer have to teach them the technology. If you look around our school, the way teaching and learning has really changed.” That natural familiarity with technology allows teachers flexibility in what they teach and how they teach it, and it allows them to use new, innovative programs to enhance learning. One such program used at Avery Coonley is the FUSE program, created by the

School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The program challenges students with STEAM projects — each project builds on the prior project, so students have to work through and “level up” to get to the more advanced, “cooler,” challenges. “Kids can take on different challenges like design a dream house, 3 D print something or design a roller coaster,” she says. “It doesn’t mean they’re doing it all on the computer, but it’s all housed there. The kids absolutely love it, and it’s well aligned with their thinking style.” Carolyn Wilson, director of education for Alt School in Chicago, says the Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 5:59 PM

school uses technology to help teachers do their jobs better. It also has developed a unique system to enhance student learning and keep parents informed about what they are learning and how they are learning it. The school system, which will open a Chicago campus in September 2017, goes from preschool through eighth grade and features small, multi age classrooms. The Chicago location will be the 10th school nationally, Wilson says. “Our screen time is for our teachers to make learning more effective and efficient,” she says. That way teachers can spend more time with individual students or small groups of students, helping them meet their individualized goals. The learner Portrait allows teachers to create a complete picture of who


that child is, what that child is experiencing and how he or she is progressing. It also allows teachers to log what their interests are, what “habits” they have and the ways they think and interact. “In our Portrait, we can see where children are in their journey towards competency, and also see

where they are in developing habits like resilience, collaboration, creativity and ethical thinking,” she says. “It’s a seamless way to allow educators to know the child and plan for learning that’s right for them, and they continually add to the portrait so it continues to grow.” While the Portrait of the

child shows teachers where students are now, students and teachers work together on Milestone program, which creates learning experiences, called “playlists,” that monitor where the student is currently, and what milestone they are focusing on meeting. “It’s a seamless way of understanding who they are, create a learning experience for them that’s just at the right level of challenge, and assessing their progress. It’s a seamless work flow,” she says. Parents also have digital access to things curated for them either at the school level, the class level or the individual level. “It’s a snapshot that becomes a piece of a mosaic that you build on in a systematic way that we understand the student more deeply,” she says.

Countryside Montessori School

More than an Education An Internship to Adulthood Sixteen Months through 8th Grade All Day/All Year Option 1985 Pfingsten Road Northbrook, Illinois 847.498.1105 Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 21


12/13/16 5:59 PM



.com community

calendar education

babies web extras

family museums party planning

special needs

Maximizing the potential of those we serve.

travel Newsletters ...and much more!

Evidence-based ABA Therapy Board Certified Behavior Analysts Insurance Services Team (630) 225-8604 Immediate Availability!

Visit us today. 22 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 22

Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 6:00 PM


Progressive education in action

Education is not

the filling of a bucket but the LIGHTING of a FIRE – W.B.Yeats


Learn more at • • • •

Small class sizes Critical thinking skills Democratic practice Social equity

• • • •

Emergent curriculum Language arts Exceptional teaching Hands-on learning

Dream it • Explore it • Build it • Repeat

Meg Hogan

Family: Husband John, kids Charlie, 14, 8th grade, Peter, 12, 6th grade, and Matt, 10, 4th grade; dog Chip, 3. Hometown: Chicago School: Northside Catholic Academy WHY A PRIVATE SCHOOL WORKS FOR US: I grew up going to a Catholic school and have known and lived that my entire life. The religious aspect of a school is very important to us; we wanted to raise our three boys Catholic, so we love the religion that’s part of the everyday life and instruction. It is a very respectful school. If you walk down the hall, you hear please and thank you and everyone is polite. We love the atmosphere at the school. When I went to tour for the first time, it had Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 23

a wonderful feel to it. I loved the curriculum; the kids have thrived and been there since preschool. There is a wonderful community feeling and everyone is invested in the school. The fact that it’s a neighborhood school, the community is invested in the school — it does take a village, whether you’re carpooling to sports, or other activities, you really do rely on each other and you know each other so well. OUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER PARENTS: Go check out all of the schools you’re considering in person and make sure you’re comfortable with the curriculum and the atmosphere. Community is key, and that’s an intangible quality. We feel very fortunate we found the right school for our family.

AFFORDABILITY NIGHT Thursday January 26, 2017 6:30 PM | Arts Center


Saturday February 4, 2017 10 AM | Arts Center




Wednesday February 15, 2017 6:30 PM | Hansen Hall

COFFEE & CONVERSATION Select Wednesdays 9 AM | Hansen Hall

To learn more about our whole child education philosophy, call 773.881.6700.

the South Side’s small-scale independent school for real learning 2153 West 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60643


12/15/16 10:40 AM


The pros of choosing a private school for early education How to get your child off to the best start

By Carrie Rodovich


veryone agrees that early education is important to getting a child’s future off to a good start, and choosing private education for your child comes with a few extra “pros,” local educators says. Whether it’s small class size, a nurturing family environment or the ability for teachers to foster the love of learning, many families choose private school as a way to enhance the learning of their littlest family members. Here are some pros from educators from around the Chicagoland area: 24 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 24

• One positive aspect of having your child in a private early education facility is that teachers are free to focus on a child’s social emotional development, not just their academic growth, says Sarah Cudnik, owner/executive director of Kids’ Work Chicago. Social emotional development is equally important, if not more so, to meeting academic standards at an early age, she says. In addition to helping a child grow socially and emotionally, teachers have the freedom to create an individualized plan for supporting the growth of the whole child, including his or her educational advancement.

• Private education in the early years lets educators create a warm, nurturing environment in which students can grow and thrive, says Heidi Cooper, director of early childhood education at Temple Sholom of Chicago. While public school focuses on standards, private education can flourish by offering things like play based learning and fostering a warm, family atmosphere. “The feedback we get is that the Jewish preschool is a warm, nurturing environment. Our teachers love children, and our parents love that we include things like celebrating the Jewish holidays and songs. There Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 6:00 PM

who our children



is really a warm, loving, nurturing environment,” she says. • A significant benefit to parents who choose to send their children to a private school is ratio of students to teachers, says Kevin O’Brien, director of Mary Meyer School in Chicago. “At Mary Meyer School, we have three full time teachers and a part time studio

artist with a typical class size of 18 students. That means at any given time there are six students for each teacher,” he says. The recommendations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a 9:1 ratio. This allows students to develop their social emotional and critical cognitive skills, he says.

ACHIEVE At Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts, we inspire and enable our children to reach their full potential by providing a rigorous education combining academic excellence, an arts-integrated curriculum and a strong Catholic foundation.

Join us for a tour and learn more at

continued on page 26

Kensington School Academic Early Childhood Education Engaging Curiosity and Creativity with Project Based Learning

 Part Day and Full Day Preschool

 Full Day Kindergarten

 Infant, Toddler & Two-Year-Old Programs

 Enrichment Classes

 Summer Camps (ages 2-9)

Elmhurst Geneva LaGrange LaGrange Highlands Naperville South Naperville St. Charles Western Springs Wheaton Coming Soon: Glenview and Arlington Heights locations Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 25


established 1969 MAKING THE GRADE 2017 25

12/13/16 6:01 PM


Private school continued from page 25

Preschool through 8th Grade Join Our Community of Gifted Learners

Upcoming Tours January 11 & February 1 and 15

Contact us for more information or to register for a tour: 630-969-0800


MTG2017.indd 26

• One of the benefits of private early education is the small class size, says Phillip Jackson, head of school for Chicago Grammar School. “One of the most precious benefits of private early education at the Chicago Grammar School is the ability for children to develop their mindset about school, learning and exploring in a small classroom with thoughtful teachers,” he says. Having a small number of children to work with, the teacher can develop a deeper relationship with each child, he says. “The teacher has the time to listen, question and encourage them in a way that shows the child that what he or she thinks truly matters. … Children who really believe that their teachers care personally about them will let themselves be pushed to the challenge. They are more willing to re think, re draw, re write. I have seen too many children educated in the “herd” who end up thinking school is about

memorizing study guides and taking tests.” • A private school can nurture the enthusiasm of young learners and expand on and refine the things they learned in their toddler years, says Linda C. Whitehead, senior advisor for education and development for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which offers child care, preschool and early education in Oak Brook and Chicago. “A strong preschool curriculum will guide children as they develop school readiness…. Programs that are filled with opportunities for investigation, experimentation and discovery, have purposefully designed environments and offer meaningful learning experiences will help children reach their greatest potential,” she says. “Look for (schools) that teach beginning reading and writing skills, math and science concepts, offer opportunities to develop large and small muscles, and guide social and emotional development.” Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 6:01 PM

It’s not school, it’s Quest! An independent school for gifted children from Preschool through Eighth Grade.

Does your child. . . • Thrive on complexity? • Seek deeper understanding? • Make connections? Then, learn more about our . . . • Innovative curriculum for active learning • Committed faculty who challenge their students • Nurturing culture and small classes Contact ourAdmission Office at or call 847.202.8035, ext. 438

2016-17 Open House Schedule Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Grades K – 8 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Preschool & Pre-K Playdates Saturday, January 21, 2017 Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Call to schedule a tour today. 500 North Benton, Palatine, IL 60067

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 27


12/13/16 6:01 PM


Joy Walton

The U.S. Department of Education recognized Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School with the 2013 National Blue Ribbon award for exemplary high performance. Queen of Angels was one of only 50 private schools in the nation to receive this honor. Located in the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods, Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School offers a strong core curriculum, enrichment programs, dedicated faculty and supportive parish community for students from Preschool to 8th grade. School Admission Tours 8:30 am on the following dates: January 11th • February 1st • March 8th • April 5th • May 3rd Catholic School Week Open House Sunday, January 29th, 2017 - 10:30am to 1:30pm


MTG2017.indd 28

Family: Husband Larry, kids Kiley, 12, Lauren, 10, and Will, 7 Hometown: Chicago School: St. Benedict Preparatory WHY A PRIVATE SCHOOL WORKS FOR US: We moved to our neighborhood 10 years ago. We chose our home because of its proximity to both strong public and private school options. As we toured the schools and spoke to other families, we quickly got a sense that a school is more than the building or curriculum — it represents an entire community. Quite frankly, school-aged children will typically spend most of their non-sleeping time at school, so it is critical to find a school community that can offer exceptional educational value and also mirrors the same values and beliefs you have within your home. We selected St. Benedict Prep because of the school’s high academic rigor, committed faculty, small class size and its strong faith-based,

community-focused mission. Because St. Benedict Prep is a part of a parish church, my children know they are part of a larger Chicago faith community with great service and social justice learning opportunities every day of the week. While we acknowledge it is an additional financial burden to our family to select a private school, we believe a faith-based education leads to greater development of their faith, wisdom and spirit. St. Benedict Prep has become an extension of our home. We are invested in our school and community, actively volunteering our time to help drive the school’s vision and community outreach, and in return St. Benedict Prep provides an incredibly personalized and values driven environment for our children to grow and thrive. OUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER PARENTS: A school should be an extension of your home and your family values — find a school that encourages family engagement. Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 6:01 PM


Proud to be



Be a part of something greater.

SAVE THOUSANDS of DOLLARS by starting your bachelor’s degree


 

Day, evening, weekend, and online classes Credits that easily transfer to four-year schools



Each student’s path is different. So is our teaching approach.

Now Accepting 2017-18 Applications Visit an Open House at our Primary Campus (PreK-4) or Middle School Campus (5-8): • Sunday, January 29, 10am-12pm (Primary Campus) • Sunday, January 29, 11am-1pm (Middle School) • Tuesday, April 4, at 9am (Primary Campus)

For more information call 773-743-6277 or visit Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 29

Fusion Academy is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships Photos: Shalimar B Photography

Northside Catholic Northside Academy Catholic Academy


Start your child’s path to great learning and discovery at Northside Catholic Academy. We offer a challenging, diversified curriculum that includes foreign language, music, art, computer science and athletics. Our dedicated and experienced faculty inspire NCA students to grow in faith, intellect and character. Yet, what’s even greater is the sense of belonging you’ll feel when you join our community. Within this nurturing environment, your child and your entire family will thrive. • Half-Day and Full-Day Preschool • Top-Ranked Academics • Small Class Size • Affordable Extended Care

unlock academic potential. We’re a non-traditional community of learning with the smallest class size possible: one student and one teacher per classroom. Contact a campus near you for more information!

Fusion Oak Brook 630.368.0824 Fusion Lake Forest 847.295.4039 Fusion Lincoln Park 866.330.9354 Fusion Evanston 866.489.7226


12/13/16 6:01 PM

Entrance Exam

Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:00 am to noon

7th Grade “Experience Res� Day Friday, February 10, 2017 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 7500 West Talcott Ave | Chicago 60631 | 773.775.6616

junior kindergarten through grade eight

A multi-denominational community school

Come tour to learn why CJDS is an extraordinary place for your child and you! Tours are conducted every Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. Please contact Cortney Stark Cope, Director of Admissions, at 773-271-2700 or to schedule your tour today!

Educating our children in the richness of their past, the diversity of their present, and the possibilities for their future.


MTG2017.indd 30

5959 North Sheridan Road Chicago, Illinois 60660

Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 6:02 PM

Eileen Robertson Hamra

PARENT PROFILE successful and happy future no matter what they choose to do or where they choose to live. We also believe it will provide the happiest of experiences while they are attending school. People always ask me if I like GEMS and I say, ‘My kids are happy so I am happy.’

Family: Husband Michael Hamra, kids Melanie Robertson, 13, 8th grade, Brooke Robertson, 11, 7th grade, Max Robertson, 9, 4th grade; Buddy, a 2-year-old rescue Retriever mix Hometown: Chicago School: GEMS World Academy Chicago WHY A PRIVATE SCHOOL WORKS FOR US: We were looking for an academically rigorous curriculum for our three gifted children that provided a nurturing environment where our kids didn’t feel anxious and pressured. The small class size allows for our kids to really get to know all of their fellow students and faculty. We were looking for a community that felt more like a family than a bunch of acquaintances. My oldest

daughter actually refers to her 8th grade class as her ‘fam’. We also looked for a school where the social and emotional skills were just as important a part of the curriculum as the academic

components. Finally, it was very important to find a school with a diverse student population and a global perspective. We believe that all of those components will prepare our children for a

OUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER PARENTS: I would say trust how you feel and trust your kids’ reaction/impression when you visit schools for your family. Not every school is a fit for every student, and it is important that the one you choose really is a match for your family’s wants, desires, and culture. After visiting GEMS, all three of my kids were excited to go there. That was not a small matter, as they were moving from Maryland, leaving all of their friends, and relocating to Chicago.

A Leader in Me School & A 2014 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Invites you to our upcoming events! Tour Day and Open House Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11:30am Tour Days and Evening Open Houses at 7:00pm Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Early Registration and Military Discounts Financial Assistance Available to Eligible Families

To apply or tour call 847-945-0135 or visit Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 31


12/13/16 6:02 PM

Plan now for the 2017–2018 school year.

Creative Corners is expanding to meet your needs!

SMA RT Technology Stor y Time

We offer a wide variety of classes that provide both flexibility in scheduling and unique curricula, designed to maximize your child’s academic achievement with Early Learning & Development Standards. Classes for ages 2–5 • 2, 3, & 5-day options • SMART Technology Full immersion Spanish classes • Monthly Payment Plans Open House • February 1st • 6:00–7:30pm Registration opens February 6

Questions? Jeanette.Berard @ • 847-391-5700 Des Plaines Park District • 2222 Birch Street

Academic Adventures for Bright Young Learners Age 4 through Grade 12

Center for Talent Development Northwestern University

Weekend Enrichment Programs Unique, advanced courses that encourage discovery and allow students to focus on a specific interest area. Six-week spring session begins April 8. Application opens in February.


Summer Program Fun, hands-on courses that engage and challenge advanced students. Weeklong half- and full-day courses available. Applications open January 4.

Parent half page ad.indd 1 32Chicago MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 32

12/2/16 8:48 AM Special Advertising Supplement

12/13/16 6:02 PM

Now in its 70th year, The Cove School is a K-12 school dedicated to students with learning disabilities and related disorders. At Cove, we provide an individualized education with integrated specialized services that contribute greatly to our students’ success.

Join us for one of our next Open Houses:

Wed. March 8, 2017 OR Wed. June 21, 2017 9:15 a.m. Come learn about our unique program from our Executive Director, Cove staff, leadership, and current families. Tour the school and see our students in action. Call (847) 562-2100 for more information. 350 Lee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 |

Chicagoland’s independent high school for the arts. World-class academic study and arts training.

DANCE . MEDIA ARTS . MUSIC MUSICAL THEATRE . THEATRE . VISUAL ARTS Apply now for the 2017-2018 school year! Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 33 MAKING THE GRADE 2017 33

12/13/16 6:03 PM



Chicago and suburbs (312) 534-5250 For a full listing of the 180 elementary and high schools call or visit:

Principal: Mrs. Julie Martin 1474 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 386-1560

Preschool-12th grade


Principal Dr Casimer Badynee 1439 W. Wellington Ave.,Chicago (773) 348-4629


Principal: Ms. Pamela Sherley 7120 South Calumet, Chicago (773) 224-3811


Principal: Mr. John Stimler 6410 S. Dante Ave, Chicago 773.324.1020


Mrs. Christine Huzenis, Principal Primary Campus (PreK-4): 6216 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago Middle School (5-8): 7318 N. Oakley Ave., Chicago (773) 743-6277

Preschool-8th Grade

QUEEN OF ANGELS SCHOOL Preschool - Grade 8

Julia Byrns Kelly, Principal 4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 769-4211


Richard Piwowarski, Principal 7500 West Talcott Avenue Chicago (773) 775-6616


Independent, Catholic, Single Gender, Coed Campus, K-8, Extended Care


Preschool – Grade 12 Chicago’s Only PK-12 Coed Parish School

Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School 3900 N Leavitt St, Chicago (773) 539-0066


Principal: Mari Jo Hanson 2524 N. Orchard Street, Chicago (773) 348-8212


Preschool through 8th grade Extended care available before and after school

Principal - Eva Panczyk 5841 West Strong Street, Chicago (773) 283-2311

ST. EUGENE SCHOOL Preschool-Grade 8

Mr. Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools 6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8436

Principal: Catherine Scotkovsky 7930 West Foster Avenue, Chicago (773) 763-2235



Pre-K - 8th Grade

Mr. Allen Ackermann, Principal 1710 W. Addison, Chicago (773) 248-2500

ST. BARNABAS SCHOOL Pre-School through 8th Grade

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


Sheila M. Klich, Principal 4910 N. Claremont, Chicago (773) 784-0999


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


2-yr. old program, 3 yr. Prek through 8th grade, Extended Care, Summer Program

Mrs. Carrie Mijal, Principal 6036 W. Eastwood Avenue, Chicago (773) 725-5133


Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 34 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 34

January 29 - February 4, 2017 Special Advertising Supplement

12/14/16 4:05 PM

Do you love your school? In Catholic schools, we do a great job teaching things like reading, writing, science, and math. But we also spend our time educating the whole child in mind, heart and spirit. Our schools are caring communities where children get one-on-one attention and a strong sense of right and wrong. We provide many things that other schools don’t or can’t. We invite you to take some time and visit some of our schools to see what we believe is important. We believe it’s about finding a school filled with quality faculty who bring a commitment to academic excellence, an atmosphere that ignites a love of learning and a community that is welcoming and supportive. Find a school near you at: ST. VIATOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PreK 3 - 8th Grade

Ms. Colleen Brewer, Principal 4140 W. Addison, Chicago (773) 545-2173

NORTH SUBURBS HOLY CROSS SCHOOL Preschool-8th grade, Before and After School Daycare

Janice DiVincenzo, Principal 720 Elder Lane, Deerfield (847) 945-0135

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL (OLPH) 3 yr Preschool - 8th Grade, All Day Kindergarten, Before and After School Care

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


PreK – 8th grade, Before and After School Care

Gail Hulse, Principal 1120 Washington, Evanston (847) 475-5678


3 yr. old Preschool, 4 or 5 day option Extended-day JK, Full-day Kindergarten Grades 1 – 8

Kristen Fink, Principal 1095 Gage St., Winnetka (847) 446-0005


Jr. Kindergarten - 8th Grade, before & after extended care

SAINT MARY SCHOOL BG Preschool-Grade 8

Principal Nichole Raftery 50 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove (847) 459-6270

SCHOOL OF ST. MARY Primary Grade Center - 3-year-old Preschool - Third Grade

900 West Everett Rd., Lake Forest Upper Grade Center - 4th - 8th Grade

185 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest Dr. Venette Biancalana, Principal (847) 283-9800


Katie Carden, Principal 180 Ridge Ave., Winnetka (847) 446-0031


Catholic, independent, day and boarding college preparatory school for young women Grades 9-12


Mr. Christopher Tiritilli, Principal 440 Prairie Avenue, Downers Grove (630) 968-6155


Dr. Charles Terry, Principal 1515 Lathrop Ave., River Forest (708) 771-5905

Preschool-8th grade

Principal: Renee Payne 20W145 Davey Road, Lemont (630) 783-2220

ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE PK-8th, ages 3-14


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

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

MTG2017.indd 35

Pre-K through 8th grade

Mrs. Jeanine Rocchi, Principal 3017 N. 77th Ave., Elmwood Park (708) 453 8234



Special Advertising Supplement



Mrs. Carol Albreski, Principal 505 Kingston Drive Romeoville (815) 886-5953

Laszlo Katona, Principal 1740 Lake Avenue, Wilmette (847) 256-7870

Preschool 3 – 8th Grade

Mrs. Cathy Linley, Principal 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst (630) 530-3490

Interim Principal: Christine Schmidt 760 E. Westleigh Rd., Lake Forest (847) 234-4300

Carol McClay, Principal 2510 Ashland Avenue, Evanston (847) 864-2650 2 yr old Preschool – 8th Grade



January 29 - February 4, 2017 MAKING THE GRADE 2017 35

12/14/16 4:05 PM

Stressed Out About Your Chicago School Search? Let Chicago School GPS help you successfully navigate the ever-changing landscape of Chicago’s public and private schools to guide you to your school destination.

Preschool through High School, we have you covered along every step of your family’s school journey! 312.324.GPS4 (4774)

Join us for our Open House:

Ascension School offers a faith-based

Sunday January 29th 10 am— 12:30pm

education for children ages three through eighth grade. To learn about our excellent preschool and elementary school, or for registration materials, please visit our website at: 601 Van Buren St. Oak Park, Illinois T: 708.386.7282

Experience St. Mary’s School Preschool/Kindergarten Info Night: Jan. 26, 2017 • 6:30-8 p.m. All –School Open House: Jan. 29, 2017 • 9:30 am -noon • Voted Best Preschool in the Western Suburbs by Suburban Life Readers • Catholic Culture: daily prayer and religion class, weekly Mass and celebration of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and saint days. • Challenging academics tailored to the individual needs of each child

• No-cut sports (cross country, volleyball, basketball) starting in 5th grade. • Motivating teachers that nurture a child’s curiosity and cultivate a love of learning. • Financial assistance for public school transfers.

Preschool/Kindergarten Info Night

All-School Open House

Reserve your seat at:

Reserve your seat at:

St. Mary of Gostyn’s Catholic School 440 Prairie Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515 (630) 968-6155 36 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 36

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:26 AM


turing their innate capabilities, and fostering collaboration skills.

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

ASCENSION SCHOOL At AACA, we inspire and enable our children to reach their full potential by providing a rigorous education. Toward this end, AACA seeks to educate the whole child by providing an education experience built on three pillars: Academic Excellence, Arts Integration and Catholic Community. To learn more about AACA, please visit, call us at 773-348-4629. Over one hundred years of faith in education. Over one hundred years of commitment to community, to the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church, to the development of the whole child. At Ascension, we provide your child with a warm and nurturing environment while challenging them witha rigorous curriculum and enriching their experience with outstanding extra-curricular and co-curricular programs.


Junior Kindergarten - 8th Grade

610 W. Schubert Avenue, Chicago (866) 664-2070 AltSchool offers a whole-child, personalized education to prepare students for their future by developing self-awareness, nur-

601 Van Buren, Oak Park (708) 434-1541


membership@ The purpose of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS)

is to provide a professional organizational structure for Member Montessori Schools to: Encourage and promote standards of excellence and ethical business practices; Monitor and disseminate pertinent educational legislation information; Conduct a consolidated public relations program; Act as a catalyst for harmonious interaction between members and other educational organizations; and Support best practices in Montessori education.

AVERY COONLEY SCHOOL 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove (630) 969-0800 The Avery Coonley School is a nationally recognized pre-K through 8th grade independent school for academically bright and gifted children. ACS provides depth, pace, and complexity of curriculum for gifted learners. We also offer a like-minded peer group, fully integrated technology and arts programs, and a nurturing

faculty that fosters the talents and understands the unique social and emotional needs of gifted students.

BAKER DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL 201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette (847) 425-5800 Recognized nationally for excellence in progressive education, Baker has been serving inquisitive, diverse, self-motivated students from Chicago and the North Shore since 1918. Our Pre-K through grade 8 students experience an immersive and challenging education aimed at engaging the whole child: mind, body, and heart. Focusing on learning through play and exploration while simultaneously instilling civic and community-focused values; our graduates aren’t just prepared for high school, they’re independent thinkers and leaders in their community.



1300 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago (773) 465-2371

30W160 Calumet Ave W, Warrenville (630) 836-9400

PreK-12th grade


920 West 19th Street, Chicago (312) 421-3050


PreK-8th grades


1220 W Lexington Street, Chicago (312) 733-5337

PreK-8th grades

150 W. Bonner Road, Wauconda (847) 526-1372

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 37


12/15/16 10:26 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS BLUE BIRD DAY 304 N. Loomis Street, Chicago (312) 243-8487 At Blue Bird Day Therapeutic Preschool and Kindergarten, we maximize your child’s potential and prepare them for a lifetime of successful learning. Our program embraces a multisensory curriculum incorporating principles of Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Zoophonics, Handwriting Without Tears and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding. Our goals and treatment plans are individualized to meet each student’s unique needs. Daily services include: • Speech Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Physical, Developmental and Behavior Therapy • Nutrition Counseling.


German International School Chicago ■ German immersion education with global perspectives ■ Concept-based transdisciplinary curriculum ■ Hands-on Montessori approach ■ Low student/teacher ratio ■ Before and after care ■ International community of involved, supportive families

Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School Global Thinking, Local Learning

German International School Chicago 1447 W Montrose Ave Chicago, IL 60613 +1-773-880-8812 38 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 38 At Bright Horizons®, our carefully crafted programs for infants – kindergarten prep, are age appropriate, with the goal of encouraging curious, happy, and confident children, who, above all, fully experience the joys of childhood. Our curriculum and suite of enrichments are designed to stimulate each child’s innate curiosity and exploratory nature. Children move to elementary school socially prepared, excited to learn, and well-versed in the language, math, and science skills they’ll need to succeed.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHICAGO, LINCOLN PARK 814 W Eastman Street, Chicago (773) 907-5000 BISC Lincoln Park is a private, international school for children ages 2 – 11 years old. Our curriculum offers a wide range of hands on experiences for our students and ensures every child reaches

their full potential through personalized learning and a rigorous academic program. We have a diverse community of families and are part of a network of 43 schools worldwide, providing our children a chance to interact globally from a young age.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHICAGO, SOUTH LOOP 161 W. 9th Street, Chicago (773) 998-2472 On top of receiving personalized and international education, our students join Nord Anglia Education’s Global Campus, which enables learning with 36,800 peers from 43 schools worldwide. We enrich learning in performing arts and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through our collaborations with The Juilliard School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Preschool children enjoy complimentary care before and after school. Join us!

THE BROOKE WHITTED CENTER 6238 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago (773) 420-2596 The Brooke Whitted Center offers services to college-bound emerging adults ages 18-25 who are working through mental health challenges or who are on the autism spectrum. We are one of the few places in the U.S. that offers full-time, individualized treatment for emerging adults who have had difficulties living on a campus, in an independent apartment, or with family at home. Participants gain independent living skills while continuing therapy and exploring higher education

making making making making making making

the the the the the the

grade grade grade grade grade grade

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:26 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS BUTLER CHILDREN’S PREPARATORY 17 East Pearson Street, Chicago (312) 643-1401 Butler Children’s Prep is a preschool for ages 3-5. Designed to support individuality and independence, our proven preschool curriculum sets the stage for a love of learning. Each day, our students have opportunities for open-ended exploration and play. In addition, our teachers create authentic, discovery-based experiences where children can find success in their innate curiosity. Along with helping to build a strong academic foundation, we place high value on nurturing social-emotional development.


226 W. Schiller St., Chicago (312) 266-3381 The Catherine Cook School in-

spires children in a nurturing learning environment focused on the formative years of preschool through eighth grade. Thoughtful teachers engage children in challenging, project-based learning experiences using computational thinking, supported by our innovative technology. Our focus on social development and encouraging personal excellence fosters a community of motivated learners. The result is a confident and ethical young person ready to succeed in high school and beyond.

CENTER FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT (CTD) AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 617 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston (847) 491-3782 CTD is dedicated to helping gifted students, age 4 through grade 12, reach full potential. We provide research-based assessment, advanced programs, and resources to enhance a child’s schooling.

Our dynamic offerings lead students on a journey of intellectual, emotional, and social growth. CTD’s programs--online, summer, weekend--allow students to explore subjects of intrigue and connect them with a community of peers. CTD offers enrichment and credit courses in a range of subject areas.

CHICAGO ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS 1010 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 421-0202 Designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, The Academy offers students a unique co-curricular program: rigorous, college-preparatory academic classes, and professional-level arts training in the context of an unparalleled school culture. The Academy’s school day consists of six 45-minute periods followed by a three-plus hour immersion in a student’s chosen arts department: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Summer Pro-

gram registration is open now!

CHICAGO FRIENDS SCHOOL 1246 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago (773) 442-2371 Chicago Friends School nurtures a child’s character while cultivating intellectual curiosity. Children reflect, question and explore through multidisciplinary, project-based learning that fosters a solid foundation for critical thinking and a lifelong love of learning. Small, multi-age classes ensure that instruction is academically challenging and developmentally appropriate. Children benefit from an integrated arts curriculum, daily recess, and a school garden. K-6, adding a grade yearly up to 8. OPEN HOUSE: April 22, 2-4 p.m.

making making making making

the the the the

grade grade grade grade

APPLY NOW SUBMIT ONLINE APPLICATION BY: December 1 for Preschool & Kindergarten February 1 for Grades 1-7 Please visit our website at for admission

details and to schedule a school day tour Need-based tuition assistance available Preschool–Grade 3 120 S. Desplaines Street Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 39

Grades 4-8 751 N. State Street MAKING THE GRADE 2017 39

12/15/16 10:26 AM


Open Houses: January 24 & March 9, 2017 Tours: Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

A whole child approach in a nurturing Christian environment starts with a play-based early childhood program and results in graduates at Chicago’s best high schools, thinking critically, acting responsibly and serving society justly.



5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 271-2700

1428 S. Wesley, Berwyn (708) 484-8033 CJDS is a multi-denominational community day school committed to celebrating and respecting the diversity of Jewish customs, philosophy and practice. At CJDS, we strive for learning to be authentic and meaningful and to inspire a passion for life-long learning. We develop critical thinking, social/emotional intelligence that enables each student to gain higher understanding in order to participate affectingly in the Jewish community and the greater community. Inquiry, Exploration, Analysis and Citizenship are hallmarks of a Children’s School education. Our progressive, independent, Kindergarten-8 th grade school engages students in project-based learning, creative problem solving and cooperative decision-making. Students work individually and collaboratively to explore topics within a literature-rich curriculum that nurtures innate curiosity and emphasizes community. Instruction includes Library, PE, Art, Music and Technology. Parents are welcome in our classrooms. Rolling admissions. Financial aid available. Tours by appointment or at monthly Open Houses.


Academic Excellence with a Heart 4300 N. Winchester Avenue Chicago, IL 60613 · 773.477.4824

What makes Metropolitan Schoolhouse unique? We take differentiated learning to a new level by recognizing and nurturing the unique abilities and talents of each individual student. • • • • • • • •

Differentiated and individualized learning plans for students K-12 Focus on social-emotional wellness Community-based & experiential learning Executive functioning skills instruction Emphasis on global perspectives Integration of technology across curriculum Daily health and wellness activities After-school group tutoring included 773.787.6769 N. DaytonAve. 8161415 W. Evergreen Chicago, IL 60642 60642 Chicago, IL


MTG2017.indd 40

(312) 324-GPS4 (4774) We can help you navigate the confusing school search process to find the best suited public and/or private schools in the Chicago area for your child. From pre-school through high school, school choices in Chicago are an ever-changing landscape and we continually explore all options to guide you to your school destination. Whether you are seeking general, gifted or special needs options, the expertise of Chicago School GPS will make your school search journey a smoother one.

CHICAGO WALDORF SCHOOL 1300 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago (773) 465-2371 At Chicago Waldorf School, every child is an athlete, musician, scientist, and avid reader. It’s how we teach that changes everything. In early childhood, it’s the gift of simplicity. In the lower grades, unplugged means more connected. In High School, students are challenged by the right obstacle at the right time. Waldorf has a well-researched, time-tested, picture of human development and learning. RSVP for a tour and see why we’re the fastest growing education in the world.

COUNTRYSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL 1985 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook (847) 498-1105 Countryside students love coming to school because they experience rigorous academics in a community-like setting that teaches character and leadership skills. At CMS school is actually an internship to adulthood where children develop strong qualities of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness and are prepared to manage the joys and challenges of adult life. As a leader among North Shore independent schools for 50 years, Countryside offers All Year/Full day/Half day programs for students aged 16 months to 8th grade. very Tuesday at 10

THE COVE SCHOOL 350 Lee St., Northbrook (847) 562-2100 The Cove School in Northbrook is a K-12 day school for children with complex learning disabilities. Students come from 50 school districts in the Chicagoland area to receive an individualized educational experience Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:27 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS in a safe and respectful environment. Cove provides customized learning strategies to complete an academic curriculum, while at the same time facilitates the development of students’ social and emotional skills, self-advocacy and sense of well-being.

DES PLAINES PARK DISTRICT 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines (847) 391-5700 Des Plaines Park District Creative Corners Preschool for ages 2–5. Our professional, caring teachers create an atmosphere where your child will grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually, through a variety of engaging and explorative curricula. We use the Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards to build a strong academic foundation, achieve benchmarks, and schoolreadiness. SMART Technology. Classes in English and Spanish. 2, 3, and 5-day options, and monthly payment plans available. Registration for the 2017-2018 school


year opens February 6.

EARLY LEARNERS GROUP - AHSS AUTISM CENTER Northbrook & Arlington Heights (844) AHSS-ABA (844-247-7222) The AHSS Early Learners Group is a structured, small group classroom environment tailored specifically to help your child begin learning age-appropriate skills that will develop their social, academic, and transitional abilities. Designed for those students who are not quite ready for, or who are struggling, in a traditional classroom. By providing structured training, in a group setting, each child can learn the needed skills to more fully participate in future outside social and academic situations.

making making making making


the the the the

grade grade grade grade




THE LEADING CATHOLIC PARISH SCHOOL IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO Saint Clement School offers a rigorous curriculum that challenges the student’s intellect, promotes service and enriches their faith. Our students enter their high school of choice with a foundation which enables them to become compassionate leaders, serve the common good and respond with confidence to the challenges of the day.


or contact our Dean of Students, Anne Byrne at


MTG2017.indd 41


12/15/16 10:27 AM



126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago (312) 640-2579

OSP Campus: 120 S. Desplaines Fourth Church Day School is an established, community-minded, play-based preschool that encourages life-long learning by respecting and educating the whole child. Located across from the Hancock Center and housed within Fourth Presbyterian Church, our school welcomes a diverse population. Our warm and supportive environment is maintained by the professionalism of our teachers, and enriched by on-going communication with parents. Half-day programs are available for children ages 2-5. School is in session from September through May.

(Grades Preschool – 3rd)

making making making making making

the the the the the

HNC Campus, 751 N. State (Grades 4th – 8th)

(312) 466-0700 FXW School is driven by a vision of creating a unique urban educational program for the children of Chicago. As a Catholic school that embraces multi-faith values, teachers provide a high quality, value driven education to students of all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Individual values of all children are respected, supported and encouraged. FXW’s rigorous curriculum enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision making skills.

grade grade grade grade grade

FUSION ACADEMY Lake Forest, Evanston, Lincoln Park + Oak Brook Fusion Academy is a revolutionary, accredited private middle

and high school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. This allows us to personalize and customize curriculum for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style. Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. From algebra to yoga and everything in-between. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, utilize tutoring services, or join us for a summer semester! Learn more at!

GAN SHALOM EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (773) 525-4867 Gan Shalom strives to provide a nurturing, enriching and inspiring Jewish Early Childhood experience. We are an inspired Reggio Emilia play-based approach to learning. Gan Shalom (NAEYC Accredited) is committed to

strengthening family life through the transmission of Jewish values and traditions through a variety of interactions. We follow a developmental interactive approach to learning, while creating an environment for children to feel respected, valued and supported. For more info please schedule a tour. 773 525-4867 or e-mail

THE GARDNER SCHOOL Naperville 28 W 611 Ferry Rd. (630) 657-5029 Chicago-West Loop Campus: 1301 W. Madison St., Suite 100 (312) 229-4299 Northbrook: 2380 Waterview Dr. (847) 770-6260 Chicago-Bucktown Campus: 1612 W. North Ave. (773) 661-0151 Oak Brook: 17 W 642 E. Butterfield Rd. (630) 576-4740 Chicago-Lincoln Park Campus

In the Dominican Tradition

1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.5905 www.

Where Greatness Begins!

     

Faith formation and academic excellence Innovative, technology-based curriculum, Smartboards & iPads Spanish program Grades K -8 and finance program Grades 6 - 8 Exemplary test scores with students performing at exceptional levels Gifted program and resource help for struggling students Families from 8 suburbs and Chicago Early Childhood Program begins at age 3 with full or half day, 3 or 5 day options. Full or half day JK4. Full day kindergarten.

Attend an Open House

Sunday, January 29, 2017

8:00 am – 1:00 pm Join us for Mass at 9 am in the church Or call today to schedule a private tour! 42 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 42

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:27 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. (630) 639-1008 The Gardner School is an awardwinning, academically focused preschool that offers educational programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment for learning where you child can prepare for lifelong success and academic achievement. Our four-year degreed teachers, nationally recognized curriculum, focused enrichment programs in the arts, high-tech safety and security, and nutritious menus set The Gardner School apart.


A Global Citizenship Experience

(773) 425-2970 GCE Lab School prepares students for college and life with excellent teachers and a curriculum intended to inspire student engagement not only in school but as global citizens. In tandem with their dynamic classroom experiences, GCE’s

City2Classroom™model connects students with corporate and nonprofit industry experts through field experiences, guest workshops, and virtual discussions. As colleges and universities across the United States are redesigning their programs around global citizenship, our students are uniquely prepared.

Gan Shalom Early Childhood Education Center

GEMS WORLD ACADEMY CHICAGO 350 E. South Water St. (Lakeshore East campus) & 2301 N. Clark St. (Lincoln Park campus) Chicago (312) 809-8910 GEMS World Academy Chicago employs the IB curriculum for students aged preschool through 9th grade. Now enrolling for 20172018. Schedule your school tour today! RSVP here:

making the grade making the grade

Gan Shalom Early Childhood Education Program • Parent/Child Program 4–24 months • Extended Day Care Program year round 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. • Pre-school Program begins at age 2 • Full Day JK Program 9:00-3:00

• Reggio Emilia inspired play-based curriculum • Hot Kosher lunch delivered daily • Hebrew Enrichments • Weekly Shabbat Celebrations with Clergy • Master level teachers • NAEYC Accredited and DCFS Licensed

3480 N. Lake Shore Drive • Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 525-4867 • For more info please schedule a tour. 773 525-4867 or e-mail

Jerusalem Lutheran School 6218 Capulina Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053 (847) 965-4750 •

Quality Education Terra Nova Test Results (10/20/2013) Grade Equivalent Scores

Grades Reading Language Math

4th 5.9 7.1 4.8

6th 7.8 7.8 8.4

8th 11 11.2 12

Jerusalem Lutheran School is an F-1 school, accepting all I-20 students. All International students welcome!

Excellent Programs Before School Care starting at 7:00 a.m.

Pre-S and Pre-K

Pre-School and Pre-K Full and Half day


Kindergarten Full day 1st through 8th Grades After School Care 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 p.m.

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 43

Great Value 8:00-11:30

Kindergarten 8:30-3:00

Grades 1-8 Please Call for Current Tuition Rates


12/15/16 10:27 AM



Witness Always Celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week | January 22-28, 2017 CHICAGO


1500 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago


Preschool-8th grade

Chris Comella, Principal 4300 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago

(773) 477-4824


3 year-old preschool through eighth grade

ST. JAMES LUTHERAN SCHOOL Mr. Bill Koehne, Principal

Preschool - Eighth Grade

Warren Gast, Principal 2101 N. Fremont St., Chicago

(773) 525-4990


Pre-School - Grade 8

4939 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago

(773) 736-1196

7300 Division, River Forest


Preschool (Age 3) through Grade 8

Jon D. Woldt, Principal 501 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville

(847) 362-4424


Preschool-6th grade

(708) 366-6900

Principal: Doug Duval 24500 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods


Preschool-8th grade

Ages 3-14, extended care

Duane Vance, Principal 6218 Capulina, Morton Grove

(847) 965-4750

(847) 438-6103


Angela Schlie, Principal 4660 West 94th Street, Oak Lawn

(708) 423-1058

Lutheran schools admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin. 44 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 44

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:50 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CHICAGO 1447 W Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 880-8812 German International School Chicago (GISC) is an independent, not-for-profit, dual-language school that welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. GISC is accredited as a Provisional Member of ISACS, a Candidate School for the PYP of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is recognized as a DSD School by the German ZfA (Central Agency for Schools Abroad). To learn more about German International School Chicago or to schedule a visit, call 773-880-8812 or email

making making making making

the the the the

grade grade grade grade

GRACE LUTHERAN SCHOOL 7300 Division, River Forest (708) 366-6900 Grace Lutheran School, 7300 Division in River Forest, serves children from three-year- old preschool through eighth grade. Experienced teachers offer differentiated learning opportunities; resource teachers help students achieve their personal best. The curriculum includes robust arts education, and centers around daily worship and prayer. Tour the facility and meet the teachers at the Open House on Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Call 708-366-6900 or visit www. for more information.

HALFPRICE SCHOOLS.COM AM1160 Jeff Reisman (847) 472-8921 knows how much you value your child’s

education. We also know it can be hard to balance the importance of that education with the cost. It’s our mission to work with Christian private schools through¬out Chicagoland to provide tuition at half the cost. For more information on any of the schools listed or questions about qualifications, please call. is a service of AM 1160 Hope For Your Life / WYLLChicago.

HOLY CROSS SCHOOL 720 Elder Lane, Deerfield (847) 945-0135 Holy Cross School is proud to be a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, recognized for the second time by the US Department of Education, and a Leader in Me School. We offer a supportive and loving Catholic PreSchool through 8th grade program that nurtures a love for learning, faith and community service. We are proud of our 79 year heritage serving Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods, Bannockburn, Highland Park and Highwood.

HYDE PARK DAY SCHOOL Chicago Campus (773) 420-2550 Northfield Campus (847) 446-7025 HPDS is the leading school in the Chicago area specializing in students of average to superior intelligence who have learning disabilities. We provide an innovative and comprehensive educational model that helps prepare students for successful transitions to a school in their home community. Our specialized and supportive environment teaches students to be self advocates and gives them the strategies to succeed.

making making making making making making

the the the the the the

grade grade grade grade grade grade

“I am a citizen of the world.” Dual-Language Montessori Education for ages 3 to 12 Your choice of programs: Chinese Mandarin / English Spanish / English Japanese / English

Two Locations: Historic Oak Park Chicago’s West Loop


MTG2017.indd 45


12/15/16 10:27 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION GRADE SCHOOL 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst (630) 530-3490 As an educational ministry of Immaculate Conception Parish, we partner with parents to prepare students for lives as Catholic leaders. As Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit, we focus on formation through prayer, message, concern, and service to community. We teach students to live lives that embody these values, are centered in Christ, and strive for their greatest academic potential. We invite you to schedule a tour or shadow day and take a closer look.

INTERCULTURAL MONTESSORI LANGUAGE SCHOOL 114 S. Racine, Chicago (312) 265-1514 301 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park (708) 838-6626 The Montessori method and dual-language immersion meet to develop citizens of the world. Students consistently demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, multicultural understanding, world-mindedness, confidence, compassion, collaboration, and independence -- becoming bilingual and bi-literate in an environment celebrating cultural differences. Programs for children 3 to 12; Chinese Mandarin/English, Japanese/English, Spanish/English. Chinese Mandarin/English and Spanish/English immersion programs for ages 3 to 6. In Oak Park. Call to visit.

JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL 6218 Capulina Ave., Morton Grove (847) 965-4750 Jerusalem Lutheran School (JELS) welcomes all students in the Chicagoland area. JELS offers Preschool 3, Preschool 4, Full Day

Kindergarten, and grades one to eight, all at very affordable prices. JELS’ goal is to teach all subjects in the light of God’s Word. When you enter the building, you will notice a friendly, family-like atmosphere, and a structured environment that promotes learning. JELS is also a certified F-1 status school, accepting I-20 students from abroad.

KENSINGTON SCHOOL 743 McClintock Dr., Burr Ridge (630) 990-8000 Children’s laughter and excitement, their anticipation of what each day at Kensington School will bring, is what sets Kensington School apart. A child’s education begins at birth and continues into the most pivotal preschool years. Kensington School’s unique and comprehensive curriculum stimulates and educates young minds for purposeful learning at its best. Private School – Infant and Toddler Programs – Part and Full Day Preschool – Full Day Kindergarten – Enrichment Classes – Summer

Camps – Organic Food

KIDS WORK CHICAGO 2608 W. Addison, Chicago (773) 572-0308

KIDS WORK CHICAGO TOO 2633 W. Addison, Chicago (773) 747-3200 At Kids Work we are devoted to creating a nurturing, stimulating and accepting learning environment that provides children with the tools they need for future happiness and success. Our research based program incorporates a variety of educational theories while embracing the whole child and allowing for hands on experiential learning.

KIDWATCH PLUS EDUCATIONAL CHILD CARE 3330 N. Lockwood, Chicago (773) 993-0536 Kidwatch Plus is located in Chicago’s Portage Park area and is

St. James Lutheran School a community where

Learning is for KIDS Knowledge • Inquiry • Discovery • Success

Inquiry-Based Learning with a Christian Worldview for Students in Pre-K – Eighth Grade

2101 N. Fremont Street I Chicago, IL 60614 773.525.4990 I


MTG2017.indd 46

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:27 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS recognized for educational programs serving infants through preschool and schoolage summer camp. We guide children to a positive self-image while building academic and social skills in a group setting. Kidwatch treats each child as an individual, working from the level each child has attained and moves forward one step at a time. Kidwatch has over 34 years of experience and is NAEYC accredited.

LAKE FOREST ACADEMY 1500 W. Kennedy Rd. Lake Forest (847) 615-3267 Lake Forest Academy is an independent, co-educational, 9-12 college-preparatory school for 430 students. LFA attracts students looking for rich and rewarding learning experiences and relationships. LFA enrolls students from around Chicago, 14 states and 37 countries. Both day and boarding students are given the chance to meet new challenges

with openness and curiosity, and the confidence to stretch beyond comfort zones. LFA’s transformative experience is characterized by rigorous academics, a global outlook, and Midwestern values.

LAKEFRONT CHILDREN’S ACADEMY 400 E. Randolph St. Ste.6B, Chicago (312) 819-1760 Lakefront Children’s Academy’s is a modern, downtown preschool offering scenic views of Lake Michigan and features cozy classrooms and unlimited outdoor space for nature walks/ playground activities. We offer Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Spanish, Art, Music/Private Piano Lessons, Computer and Physical Education classes. Our enhanced curriculum features 95% cumulative graduate placement to gifted and selected schools.

3330 N. Lockwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 HOURS 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Register today! 773.993.0536

Located in the Heart of Libertyville • Preschool through Grade 8 • Exemplary National Accreditation • Before & After School Programs • Summer Child Care Available • Individualized Education by Experienced, Caring Teachers • Open Enrollment Mention this ad to save half off your registration fee (new families only)

Schedule Your Personal Tour Today!

Visit STJOHNSLIB.COM for more information! 501 West Park Ave. | Libertyville 847.362.4424 Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 47


12/15/16 10:28 AM


59 W. North Blvd., Chicago (312) 582-6000 (312) 582-6060 Admissions Latin School has set standards for academic excellence in Chicago for more than 128 years. We are committed to developing lifelong learners who succeed in college and beyond. Serving 1,160 students from 75 Chicago neighborhoods and 18 suburbs with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1, Latin is a community where every student is known and valued. Visit our website to learn more.

LITTLE GREEN TREE HOUSE Three locations: 118 S Ashland, 1929 N Halsted, 3111 N Ashland (312) 492-9876

■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲

Montessori Language Academy Where Global Education Begins 314 Circle Ave., Forest Park 708-771-5030 Hours: 7:30 am - 6 pm (Mon. - Fri.) Call for a classroom tour!

CALL FOR FUTURE OPEN HOUSE DATES Japanese Language Immersion Montessori Program 3-6 yrs. old • 6-14 yrs. old • Piano in Japanese Available • Spanish lessons offered • Music and Art classes included in regular program American Montessori Society Certified Teachers Emphasis of Academics, Japanese & English Language Yoko Avramov, M. Ed. - Director

■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲


MTG2017.indd 48

■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲

■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲ ■●▲

PHOTO COURTESY OF MORGAN PARK ACADEMY Little Green Tree House has three locations in Chicago! Our vibrant

eco-friendly centers include private indoor and outdoor areas to provide children with opportunities for movement and group play outside of the classroom. Through carefully designed lesson plans, thoughtful interactions with our highly-qualified teachers, and exploration of the environment we help to nurture the growth and education of the whole child. Private tours are available with an Enrollment Associate. Please book through our website!


Preschool- now taking applications

2817 North Pine Grove Ave., Chicago (773) 549-0870 For over 70 years, children have passed through the doorway of this Chicago graystone schoolhouse. Mary Meyer School offers two daily half-day programs for 3 and 4 year old students under the care of three teachers. This NAEYC accredited preschool

Making Bright Kids’ Futures Brighter Only one school in the Chicago area specializes in the needs of children of average-to-superior intelligence who have learning disabilities— Hyde Park Day School, with campuses in Chicago and north suburban Northfield. Individualized programming is offered to every child, grades 1–8.

HYDE PARK DAY SCHOOL Chicago Campus 773-420-2550 Northfield Campus 847-446-7025

Special Advertising Supplement

12/16/16 2:26 PM

SCHOOL LISTINGS inspires children to encounter the world with joy, curiosity and confidence. Call us to schedule a Prospective Parent Night visit to meet our parents, teachers and Director.


We help kids catch up, keep up and get ahead in math.

(844) GOT-MATH (468-6284) Chicagoland Mathnasium’s goal is to significantly increase your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject. Children don’t hate math. They hate being confused and intimidated by math. With understanding comes passion. And with passion comes growth - a treasure is unlocked.

making the grade making the grade



1415 N. Dayton Chicago (773) 787-6769

314 Circle Ave., Forest Park (708) 771-5030

info@metropolitan At Metropolitan Schoolhouse, differentiated learning is taken to a new level by recognizing and nurturing the unique abilities and talents of each student. We believe that each and every one of us can learn and that we all learn best in various ways. Learning is a lifelong endeavor and school is a place to gain both knowledge and the skills necessary for a lifetime of learning. We maintain a 5:1 student to teacher ratio and support students K-12. Montessori Language Academy offers authentic Montessori program with Japanese-English dual language setting. Children learn developmentally appropriate Social Skills, Math Concepts, and Natural Science with hands-on Montessori materials. The program includes music class, art class and harmonica class. Optional piano lesson and Spanish class offered. The school is open 5 days a week and accepts children 3-6 years old. Summer program available. Teaching staff with American Montessori Society credentials. Award winning faculty.

making making making making making making making

the the the the the the the

grade grade grade grade grade grade grade


Come to Moraine Valley Community College and discover how you can achieve your personal and professional goals. Moraine Valley offers quality education, affordable tuition, flexible schedules, training for today’s hottest jobs, and locations near you in Palos Hills, Blue Island and Tinley Park. You can earn your associate degree, take classes toward your bachelor’s degree, upgrade your job skills, or pursue new interests.


2153 W. 111th Street, Chicago (773) 881-6700 Morgan Park Academy is a PreK-12, Independent Day School whose curriculum engages the whole child, inspires the independent learner, and prepares the global leader of tomorrow.

making the grade making the grade making the grade

9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711)

At Mary Meyer Preschool we learn through purposeful play P R O J E CT:

Mary Meyer Original Paints



Introduction to color theory and language arts

Students mix and name their own paint color

HO W W E P L AY E D : We read books, observed, explored and talked about color and what happens when it is mixed; plain old “green” became “frog green” and “pea green”. Each child took turns with our Resident Artist to choose and mix their own paint and name their color.

A gorgeous array of paints created by children who have gained an understanding of color theory. Students’ language skills developed and their vocabulary expanded. Skills of independence and self-confidence are fostered as children learn to do things for themselves.


Come get to know us better at a Prospective Parent Night. CALL 773.549.0870 TO REGISTER

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 49


12/15/16 10:28 AM

Jewish Day Schools

Celebrate Knowledge...


1124 Dempster, Evanston Parent-Tot class, Early Childhood Program for children ages 2-5. Kathy Kaberon (847) 869-4230 x305. Religious School: Pre-K-High School with extensive teen programming. Marci Dickman, Director of Lifelong Learning (847) 869-4230 x310


a multi-denominational, progressive Jewish day school Grades Served: Junior Kindergarten-Grade Eight Cortney Stark Cope, Director of Admissions 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 271-2700


Parent/Child 4 months-24 month, 2-5 years Heidi Cooper - Director 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (773) 525-4867


We see possibilities. Pre-K through adulthood. Education, Recreation, Vocational, Social, Residential, Consulting, Training 3210 Dundee Rd., Northbrook (847) 205-0274

At bennett day school, innovation is our curriculum.

THERAPEUTIC DAY SCHOOL AND YESHIVA AT JEWISH CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES K-12 Sandra Spicher, Principal Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center 3145 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago (773) 467-3900


Preschool through 8th Grade Principal: Mrs. Elisa Zehnwirth 720 Armstrong Drive Buffalo Grove (773) 484-0100

Now accepting applications for PK–3rd grade.

An independent, PK-12th grade school committed to advancing creativity, innovation, and the development of lifelong learners and leaders. Learn more at Early Childhood Campus | 657 W. Fulton St., Chicago Flagship Campus | 955 W. Grand Ave., Chicago


MTG2017.indd 50

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:30 AM


(773) 743-6277

1434 W. Division Street, Chicago (773) 384-1434 Stay for one week or the entire summer with camp for children ages 3-10. Have fun in the sun during the hottest months of the year at one of Chicago’s only full-day camps for preschoolers. Weekly adventures await campers ages 4-10 as they explore everything from Lego Robotics to raising crops at our Urban Farm and then cooking them. Experience a summer like no other from June 19 to Aug. 4. Conveniently located in Wicker Park with half-day options available.

NORTHSIDE CATHOLIC ACADEMY Primary Campus: 6216 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago Middle School Campus: 7318 N. Oakley Ave., Chicago Start your child’s path to great learning and discovery at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers a challenging curriculum within a nurturing environment for grades PreK-8. We value educating the whole child: intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Our diversified curriculum, small class size, differentiated instruction and integrated technology sets NCA apart from other schools. Be a part of something greater at Northside Catholic Academy.

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL 1134 Church St., Glenview (847) 724-6990 As the largest Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Chicago, OLPH School serves children in preschool through eighth grade. Faith formation, service, and an outstanding academic ed-

ucation are the cornerstones of our parish school. As an academic institution, OLPH School is dedicated to designing an individual program of successful learning for each child. With committed teachers, a vibrant curriculum, and beautiful facilities, OLPH School transforms lives and is a gem on the North Shore.


4300 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago (773) 477-4824 Pilgrim believes in a whole child approach to education and creates a nurturing Christian community so that students learn to make positive contributions to our community. Our Early Childhood program is play-based. Pilgrim students transform how and why questions into critical thinking skills. Students learn core texts rather than a scripted program. Our focus is problemsolving for real world tasks. Service

learning is key in making Pilgrim students courageous and active members of society.

PRAIRIELAND MONTESSORI 1655 W. School St,. Chicago and 3652 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 698-7864 and (773) 698-7514 Our purpose at Prairieland Montessori is to provide a nurturing atmosphere for your child to learn and grow into the wonderful person he or she is meant to be! Our Montessori programs serve children ages 15 months to 6 years old, including the Kindergarten year. All of our lead teachers are AMS certified and college degreed. We offer part time and full time programs in an eco-friendly environment that includes organic meals and snacks.

making the grade making the grade making the grade

Preschool for 6 Weeks to 6 Years Academically focused preschool Safe & secure environment 4-year-degreed lead teachers Real-time updates via our PreciouStatus app Onsite enrichment class offerings for 2 & up

Enro ll Now! West Loop 312.229.4299 Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 51

Bucktown 773.661.0151

Naperville 630.657.5029

Schedule a tour today!


Oak Brook



Opening 2017 Lincoln Park 773.661.0232


12/15/16 10:31 AM

River Forest Community Center Early Childhood Learning Center

Come Educational Come See What ComeSee See What What Educational Educational Excellence Looks Excellence Like Excellence Looks Looks Like Like

**Please join us at our **

Saint Andrew Saint School Saint Andrew Andrew School School

Early Childhood Open House

Pre-K to 8th Grade Pre-K to to 8th Grade Pre-K Grade

Including 2 ½ Year Old Transitions Program

Including22½½Year Year Old Old Transitions Including TransitionsProgram Program Monthly Campus Monthly Campus Monthly Campus Tours at Tours at 9:00am 9:00am ● ● ● ●● ● ●● ● ●● ● ●●

Wednesday, January 18th 6:30 pm —8:00 pm

Tours at 9:00am January January 10 10 January 10 February February 14 14 March 14 February March 14 14 April 11 March April 11 14 May 99 11 April May

Half-Day & Full-Day: Preschool & Pre-K

 Before and After School Care

 Summer Camps  Parent and Tot Programs

● May 9

F For or reservations reservations and and information: information:

Full-Day Infant—Preschool Programs at our OPRF HS

8020 Madison Street River Forest , IL 60305 (708) 771-6159

773-248-2500 773-248-2500 For reservations and information: 773-248-2500

Bring in this ad to receive $10.00 off your initial registration fee! doprf16mtg17




A comprehensive Catholic education for Pre Kindergarten-8th Grade. • Full Day Pre-K & Kindergarten • Low Student Teacher Ratio • Top High School Placement • Extended Day Program • One-to-One iPad Program • Spanish, French, Music, Choir, Band, Art & Athletics Join us for a Tour & Coffee on January 11th. 2245 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60614 • • 773-549-0909 phone • 773-549-3127 fax


MTG2017.indd 52

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:31 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS QUEEN OF ANGELS SCHOOL 4520 N. Western, Chicago (773) 769-4211 Queen of Angels School nominated by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2013 Blue Ribbon School is located within the Chicago community of Lincoln Square with a commitment of providing a nurturing, inclusive, safe environment for families. The School’s mission is committed to the living of Catholic values, developing strong character and fostering excellence in academics with a challenging, differentiated and comprehensive curriculum. Queen of Angels celebrates the uniqueness of all students with a variety of educational and enrichment opportunities to build upon a lifetime of learning experiences in an ever changing world. Catholic School Week Open House on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Monthly tours available.

QUEST ACADEMY 500 N. Benton St., Palatine (847) 202-8035 Quest Academy is an independent day school for gifted and talented students in preschool through eighth grade. Quest offers a traditional liberal arts education with equal emphasis in the sciences, humanities, and fine arts and a strong focus on character development. In class, work revolves around hands-on, interdisciplinary projects designed to allow students to delve into subjects. Our stellar faculty creates an atmosphere dedicated to joy in learning which fosters confidence, initiative, responsibility and leadership.

RESURRECTION COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL 7500 W. Talcott Ave, Chicago Ms. Nancy O’Leary, Director of Enrollment (773) 775-6616 Ext 129

Resurrection College Prep High School is the largest all-girls Catholic, Christian school on the north side of Chicago. Resurrection offers highly effective, faith-based, single-gender academic and athletic programs in a challenging and supportive atmosphere. Entrance Exam on January 14, 2017 for 8th grade girls. “Experience Res” Day on February 10, 2017 for 7th grade girls. Summer 2017 Camps ~ Athletic Camps for girls in grades 4-12 and Camp Invention Science Camp for girls & boys entering grades 1-6.

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. Our teachers thrive on creating a safe and fun learning environment

through play in which children are encouraged to explore and develop their cognitive, language, social-intellectual, and motor skills.

RONALD KNOX MONTESSORI SCHOOL 2031 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette (847) 256-2922 Ronald Knox students thrive under the guidance of our dedicated faculty. Students acquire independence, achieve academic milestones, and develop respect for others. RKMS students emerge as confident, capable, creative children, primed to become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. Montessori education is holistic—we value process over product and understand that children learn through discovery. RKMS has been a pioneer in early childhood education on the North Shore for over 50 years. Programs start at 6 months.

The Laboratory Schools are home to the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community. We ignite and nurture an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence. We value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity.

Learn more at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools 1362 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637 | 773-702-9451 | Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 53


12/15/16 10:31 AM

Faith in Learning From a Christian Perspective

Clapham School

PreK – 10 Doug Reynolds - Head of School 332 E Seminary Ave., Wheaton. (630) 647-5125

Illiana Christian High School

Palos Christian Preschool

3-5 year olds Lynn Hollender, Director & Kim Stoub, Assistant Director 7059 W. 127th Street Palos Heights (708) 448-0212

Grades 9-12 Peter Boonstra, Principal Elly Makowski, Admissions Counselor x49 2261 Indiana Ave., Lansing (708) 474-0515

Walther Christian Academy

Oakdale Christian Academy and Child Care Center

Grade 9-12 900 W. Chicago Ave., Melrose Park (708) 344-0404

Serves children ages 2 years old through 8th grade The Principal: Brian J. Parker Child Care Director: Ca'Linda Williams 9440 South Vincennes Ave., Chicago (773) 779-9440


MTG2017.indd 54

3years-8th grade 1025 W. Lake St., Melrose Park (708) 343-5000

Walther Christian Academy

Interested in learning how you can provide your student with a Christian education at half the cost? Visit to learn more, or call Jeff Reisman at (847) 472-8921.

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:31 AM

Montessori with a Purpose‌ Encourage a thirst for knowledge Promote healthy lifestyles Foster social and emotional growth Build a community for life

Toddlers to Kindergarten

Locations in North Center, Roscoe Village and soon in Wicker Park!

Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 55

773-698-7514 or 773-698-7864


12/15/16 10:31 AM

Spanish and Chinese classes for children ages 6 months to 9 years. The LWFC®, founded by François Thibaut in New York City has been developing his learning language technique since 1973. Totus Lingua teaches languages using Thibaut’s original award-winning vocabulary-building songs, time-tested visual aids and lots of fun activities! Our teachers are Native Speakers! Now teaching at: Purple Monkey Playroom Sod Room St. Mary of the Angels School St. Mary of the Angels After School The Willows Academy Bucktown Academy Chgo Parent 4c 2017-18.pdf 1 11/18/2016 1:51:19 PM Baker Demonstration School

Spaces are limited! Enroll online at | | (312) 925-9842 | (224) 420-2371

What’s next for your child?


Pre-School thru Grade 8









We provide a nurturing and safe environment where students grow and acquire the skills needed for success. Our dedicated faculty, excellent curriculum, modern facility and small class sizes (one class per teacher, no double grade classes) help achieve a positive educational experience.

Eagle’s Nest – Extended Day Care Childcare is offered before school from 6:45am and after school until 6pm every school day

High School Prep Program

Is your child prepared for acceptance into the top high schools? Ours are! See our website, or talk to us today, and learn why our grads excel!

Pre-School thru Kindergarten 3, 4 & 5 year old program Monday - Friday Full or Half Days

Call or stop in today for a personal tour or see our website to learn more. Phone 773.736.1196 Twitter @stjohnsluthchicago Email Web


MTG2017.indd 56

Now accepting registrations for 2017-2018 school year



DISCOUNT $500 will be deducted from the May 2018 tuition payment for a new family enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. • New family only • One tuition discount per family • Other restrictions may apply • Call for details

Are you an active member at a Christina Church? Call today to see how to qualify for an additional $950.00 discount! Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:31 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS ROYCEMORE SCHOOL 1200 Davis St., Evanston (847) 866-6055 From age 3-Grade 12, Roycemore’s college preparatory curriculum encourages intellectual curiosity no matter what age or grade level. In addition to core classes, there are many other opportunities for learning and discovery: whether through differentiated instruction, acceleration, afterschool enrichment, creative electives, independent study, January Short Term projects, AP courses or classes at nearby Northwestern University. Our students are challenged to think both critically and creatively as they prepare for success in college and beyond.


The Academy for Girls and Hardey Preparatory School for Boys

6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8418 Independent, Catholic, K-8. Educating Chicago children since 1876. Located on Lake Michigan, Sacred Heart Schools enroll 700 day students and are part of a worldwide network of nearly 150 Sacred Heart Schools. Kindergarten is coeducational. In grades 1-8, Sacred Heart offers single gender classes in a co-ed environment. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, Sacred Heart Schools is dedicated to a values based program concerned with the education of the whole child.


1710 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 248-2500 Saint Andrew is a safe and supportive school for the whole child, promoting academic success, spiritual awareness and service for the common good. Saint Andrew has a rich history and a strong presence in today’s educational community. Its Spirit- Study-Service values are woven into every facet of life. It is Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 57

the expression of self-sacrificing, good hearted people that make the community of Saint Andrew so special.


IMMACULATE CONCEPTION GRADE SCHOOL A Tradition of Faith, Family, and Academic Excellence 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

Please call 630-530-3490 to schedule a tour.

2510 Ashland Avenue, Evanston (847) 864-2650 Inspiring both the minds and hearts of our students, St. Athanasius School nurtures the whole child. With a challenging curriculum that combines the , sciences, math, service, language, arts and technology — we integrate a love of learning, a respect for one other, and a compassion for the world around us. St. Athanasius welcomes all to its vibrant community. For a closer look at Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade, please call today for a private tour.


5 Class of 2013 National Merit Commended Students Catholic Faith - Self-Discipline - Excellence - Prayer Sportsmanship - Service - Leadership - Courage Compassion - Creativity - Responsibility

This investment pays dividends for life.

3900 N Leavitt St, Chicago (773) 539-0066 Located in the thriving North Center community, SBPS provides quality, faith-based education PreK-12th grade. A comprehensive curriculum, innovative technology, small class size, extra-curricular activities, and a challenging college-prep program combine to provide each student the opportunity to excel. Core curriculum subjects are supplemented with Spanish, Art, Music, Computer, and Physical Education. Portfolio Assessment at all grade levels document the mastery of grade level standards. Full day and half day preschool options are available. Call for tour information.

making making making making making making making making

the the the the the the the the

grade grade grade grade grade grade grade grade

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School A Premier Private Education in the Finest Catholic Tradition


Catholic Schools Week OPEN HOUSE Catholic Schools Week Sunday, January 29 OPEN HOUSE following the 9:30 & 11:00 am Masses


Sunday, January 29

1123 Church Street • Glenview 847-724-6990 following the 9:30 & 11:00 •am Masses

Explore Our Website:

1123 Church Street • Glenview • 847-724-6990 MAKING GRADE 2017 57 Explore Our Website:THE

12/15/16 10:32 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS ST. CELESTINE SCHOOL 3017 N. 77th Ave., Elmwood Park (708) 453-8234 Catholic school serving Elmwood Park, Chicago and beyond, fostering academic, physical, spiritual development Pre-K-8th. iPads/ Chromebooks for each child, Art, Music, Spanish, Reading Resource, Speech Therapy, Learning Disabilities teacher. H.S. Academic Contests, Jr. High Science Fair, Speech Contest, and National Geography Bee. Sports programs, instructional and competitive, student clubs. Full Day Preschool, Kindergarten, Half Day Preschool, Hot Lunch and low cost Before & After School Care. A place to believe, achieve, succeed!

ST. CLEMENT SCHOOL 2524 N. Orchard, Chicago (773) 348-8212 Saint Clement School offers a rigorous curriculum that challenges our students’ intellect,

promotes service, and inspires each and every child to recognize his or her own unique gifts. Our students’ rich experience of faith, service and intellectual discovery enables them to enter the high schools of their choice as compassionate leaders who serve the common good and respond with confidence to the challenges of the day. Explore our website and attend an Admission Coffee to get a more in-depth experience of our vibrant and multifaceted school.

ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL 2101 N. Fremont Street, Chicago (773) 525.4990 As the oldest, continuously operating school in Chicago, St. James has been preparing students for success since 1857. We educate the whole child by offering inquiry-based learning with a Christian worldview to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. St. James students develop criti-

cal thinking skills and problem solving strategies while growing into responsible young adults guided by God’s love.

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL 501 W. Park Ave., Libertyville (847) 362-4424 St. John Lutheran School of Libertyville offers personalized, Christian education in a loving, safe environment for children preschool (age 3) through grade 8. Experienced, caring teachers seek to meet the needs of all students and prepare them for academic success in higher levels of learning. St. John Lutheran School is nationally recognized for educational excellence and received exemplary accreditation from WELSSA and NCPSA. Come join our family! Schedule your personal tour today.

making the grade making the grade

ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN SCHOOL 4939 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 736-1196 Want to hear how to prepare your child for the top high schools, see your student excel in core subjects? Get an edge in life? Ask about our quality programs: foreign languages (2), music (handbells, choirs, band, musicals), phys-ed (health, sports programs, recess), extracurricular activities, extended care hours, and more. Come see our 10,000 volume library, bowling alley, playgrounds, and labs (computers, science) –“God’s Love in Action”: A great way to raise a child – since 1876.

ST. MARY OF GOSTYN SCHOOL Preschool-8th Grade

440 Prairie Ave., Downers Grove (630) 968-6155

Enriching The Mind





0022 •• !AA 2200


Serving Ages 2-6 years, 7 am-6 pm; After School, 7-12 years

Missed your deadline for selected schools? Experience our network of enriched learners. Limited fall spaces available for private enrollment.

400 East Randolph Street Suite 6B, Chicago

Conveniently located across from a Chicago Park District Playground • Security Monitored classrooms

312.819.1760 fax 312.819.1763 email Remember, don’t get wait-listed; register now! 58 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 58

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:32 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS We make a difference in the lives of our children, families, parish and community. As Downers Grove’s first Catholic school, we have provided a superior faithbased education for families in the area since 1897. We partner with parents to ensure each child reaches his full potential and graduates with academic skills and life tools to achieve life-long success. Discover how we can make a difference in your child’s life by visiting us today!

SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS 6959 N. Hiawatha Ave, Chicago (773) 763-7577 Located on the northwest side of Chicago since 1952, St. Mary of the Woods is dedicated to providing a Catholic education to advance and promote the academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of students from preschool through 8th grade. SMOW is a USDOE National Blue Ribbon School that provides a

rigorous curriculum, enrichment classes and exposure to computer programs, applications as well as programming, coding, and STEM. Our community of faith, knowledge and service also incorporates monthly service projects and student-led masses.

ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 6036 W. Eastwood Ave., Chicago (773) 725-5133 Since 1931, St. Robert Bellarmine has been providing the Jefferson Park/Portage Park area with a vibrant Catholic education that addresses the needs of the whole child: spiritual, emotional, academic, physical, and social. For more information about our community, early childhood programs, K-8th grade curriculum with inquiry-based science and honors classes, athletics, test scores, enrichment and summer programs and more, visit

“Celebrating 80 Years of Excellence in Catholic Education”

Open House Jan. 29

10am–Noon 9am Mass with Cardinal Cupich iPads / Chrome Books for Every Student! Before and After School Care $3.00 per hour, Half Day Preschool, Full Day Preschool & Kindergarten, art, athletics, music, Spanish, technology, test scores above the national average, highest scores attained in high school entrance exams! Wonderful after school clubs too!

3017 N. 77th Ave., Elmwood Park


Conveniently located one block South of Belmont Ave.

Quality education based in Christian values. Preschool to 8th Grade. Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 59


12/15/16 10:32 AM


Preschool at CGS ...begin the Chicago Grammar School experience.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, our program sparks children’s curiosity, enabling them to experience the world purposefully, acquire social skills and build the necessary foundation for a successful and joyful academic journey. • Active learning • Creative play • Daily art and gym classes • Nurturing environment with low student/teacher ratio • Half, full and extended day option Follow us on Facebook

900 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL 60610 60 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 60

• Private log-in for daily photo/narrative reports

312-944-5600 Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:32 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS ST. VINCENT FERRER SCHOOL 1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest (708) 771-5905 Committed to academic excellence and Catholic values for over 75 years, St. Vincent’s serves families from 8 surrounding villages and the city of Chicago. Our technology-driven curriculum includes an interactive smartboard in every classroom and iPads for assignments including digital textbooks. Our exemplary Early Childhood Education program begins at age 3 and offers half or full day, as well as 3 and 5 day options. Our Kindergarten is full day. Call to tour or shadow.

THE SCHOOL OF SAINTS, FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY 180 Ridge Ave., Winnetka (847) 446-0031 Rooted in a Catholic value system, the School of Saints Faith,

Hope and Charity is an inclusive school that offers a superior academic education for children Prekindergarten through 8th grade. World language, music, art, state-of-the-art technology and physical education enhance the core curriculum of language arts, mathematics, religion, social studies, and science. Competitive and Intramural Sports, Band, Instrumental Music and Choir are offered. Weekly all-school Mass and community service allow students to live their faith.

SCIENCE & ARTS ACADEMY The Gifted Choice ®

1825 Miner Street, Des Plaines (847) 827-7880 Science & Arts Academy educates gifted children – Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade – in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child. Our supportive community encourages students to

embrace their potential and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth. To learn more about SAA, please attend our Open House on January 21st at 1:00pm, or call to schedule a tour.

SKOKIE MONTESSORI SCHOOL 8401 N. Karlov Ave., Skokie (847) 679-4614 A small school with big learning for children ages 2 to 12. Skokie Montessori School is highly rated for providing a strong academic program, secure and engaging learning environments, qualified and experienced staff, and for parent satisfaction. The Montessori philosophy is a method proven to support every child’s needs and develop their strengths. Skokie Montessori School. A small school with big learning for children ages 2 to 12. Call us today to schedule a tour.

SONNETS ACADEMY HYDE PARK 5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (773) 891-0029 hydepark Belong to our early learning community - Chicago’s boutique urban preschool & infant care for play-based learning - offering curriculum and enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years. Sonnets Academy - Hyde Park features an indoor play area in a unique rotunda room for larger group activities and projects. In addition to our attached outdoor play space, our preschoolers frequent two parks – Bixler and Harold Washington, both of which offer great soft surface play spaces.

making making making making making

the the the the the

grade grade grade grade grade

St. Chrysostom’s Day School Celebrating 40 years of excellence inDay Early Childhood Education St. over Chrysostom’s School Celebrating over 40 years of excellence in Early Childhood Education

Our carefully crafted and time tested developmentally appropriate play based curriculum makes it possible to offer: • Wonderful opportunities for developing enhanced social and cognitive skills through play and classroom routines • Small classroom size with teacher to pupil ration 1:5 • Experienced Masters level teachers

1424 North Dearborn Parkway | (312) 642-3422 | Prospective Parent Open House Date: January 11th at 10:30 AM Please visit our website to RSVP and for more information! Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 61


12/15/16 10:32 AM


TOTUS LINGUA lincolnpark Belong to our early learning community - Chicago’s boutique urban preschool & infant care for play-based learning - offering curriculum and enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years. Sonnets Academy Lincoln Park is steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Farm at the Zoo and the vast green space of Lincoln Park. Our school has a large indoor play space which is great for gross motor activities during winter, school-wide projects and events, & yoga classes. Totus Lingua, licensee of The Language Workshop for Children®, provides a playful language immersion experience for kids age 6 months to 9 years. Children learn Spanish and Mandarin Chinese from native speaking teachers trained to use The Thibaut Technique®. Totus Lingua is teaching in schools, day cares and playspaces including the Sod Room, Purple Monkey Playroom, Little Beans Cafe and the Baker Demonstration School. ENROLL at www. Find info on Facebook totuslingua or call 224-420-2371.



430 W. Erie St. (312) 344-1926

The School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

Grow with us in heart, mind & soul. rivernorth Belong to our early learning community - Chicago’s boutique urban preschool & infant care for play-based learning - offering curriculum and enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years. Sonnets Academy - River North’s main outdoor play area is just a block away at Montgomery Ward Park and Playground, with a great children’s play area, open lawn for gross motor play and a fountain plaza. Our school features a large indoor gross motor room and a yoga room.

SONNETS ACADEMY WEST LOOP 229 S. Peoria St. (312) 733-7580

3-year old Prekindergarten-8th grade

Gifted and Talented Program

Full day Kindergarten

Learning Lab for Inclusive Education

Before and After Care

Social Emotional Curriculum

Community Service

State of the Art Technology

Team Sports & Intramurals

Band, Instrumental Music and Choir

Weekly All School Mass 1:1 Devices starting in 1st Grade


State-of-the-art field, playground and sport court

180 RIDGE AVENUE WINNETKA phone 847-446-0031 Financial Assistance Available


MTG2017.indd 62

and an open field for gross motor play. westloop Belong to our early learning community - Chicago’s boutique urban preschool & infant care for play-based learning - offering curriculum and enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years. Sonnets Academy - West Loop has its very own enclosed outdoor play yard as well as an indoor play space. For walking field trips and playtime our students go to the Mary Bartelme Park. It offers a large children’s play area

(224) 420-2371

TRUMPET BEHAVIORAL HEALTH 28045 N. Ashley Circle, Suite 201 Libertyville

(630) 225-8604 ​T rumpet Behavioral Health provides exceptional behavior health services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Our treatment is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an outcomesbased, scientific approach used to measure behavior, teach socially significant skills and evaluate the progress of those skills. By tailoring each program to meet specific client needs, we strive to bring lifelong positive change to the clients we serve.

making making making making making making making making making making making making making

the the the the the the the the the the the the the

grade grade grade grade grade grade grade grade grade grade grade grade grade

Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:32 AM

SCHOOL LISTINGS WOODLANDS ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART 760 E. Westleigh Rd., Lake Forest (847) 234-4300 Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent, Catholic day and boarding college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. A member of the worldwide Sacred Heart Schools Network, Woodlands promotes academic, artistic and athletic excellence, global awareness, social responsibility, and strong faith. The curriculum includes advanced placement and honors courses, service opportunities and ESL. Our diverse community includes students from several countries and communities throughout Illinois. Student/faculty ratio is 9:1, with 100% college acceptance annually.


2641 S. Calumet Avenue, Chicago (312) 949-9400 The Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago is the only all girls public school in the city. We inspire urban girls to engage in rigorous college preparatory learning in a small school that emphasizes math, science and technology and nurtures their self-confidence and challenges them to achieve. Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Academic Year.

making making making making making making

the the the the the the

grade grade grade grade grade grade

Run, don’t walk, to our upcoming open house on Jan. 29 from 11:30am–2pm

Education is not just about what children learn. It’s also about who they become. At St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School, our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the whole child. Our dedicated faculty, staff, families, and students work together so that children can flourish.

Tiny Tots for 2 year olds Preschool 3 & 4 K-8 curriculum & academic achievement Superkids reading Inquiry-based science Honors & Title 1 programs Music, art, athletics & enrichment Before and after school care Summer program

St. Robert Bellarmine 773-725-5133 | 6036 W. Eastwood, Chicago 60630

lake forest academy

Happy Holidays

Midwestern Heart. Global Mind.


Chicago, Illinois Do you know someone who has graduated from high school and is struggling with the stress and complexities of college? Would that individual be successful with academic, emotional and social support? Emerging adulthood can be a complicated time in life, but we can help.

All the opportunities to participate in our vibrant boarding environment offer both day and boarding students a lifelong passport to new challenges, building character that is uniquely transformed by combining a global outlook with Midwestern values. Learn more: 1500 West Kennedy Road | Lake Forest, IL 60045 847-615-3267 | Special Advertising Supplement

MTG2017.indd 63

  

24/7 Clinical and Transitional Support for 18-25 Year-Olds Educational, Vocational, Social, and Cultural Opportunities Individual, Group, and Family Therapy

For more information please visit our website or contact us at:

WWW.BW-CENTER.ORG (773) 420-2596 Currently Offering Partial Scholarships The Brooke Whitted Center is a program through the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School


12/15/16 10:33 AM



4th Church Day School.................................... 19 Acacia Academy ................................................. 47 Alcuin Montessori ............................................. 45 Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts ................................... 25

Gan Shalom Early Childhood Education Center ......................................... 43 Gardner School................................................... 51 GCE Lab School ..................................................... 6 Gems World Academy........................................ 2

River Forest Community Center.................. 52 Ronald Knox Montessori School................. 43 Roycemore ........................................................... 18 Sacred Heart ........................................................ 10 The School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity.................................. 62

AltSchool ................................................................. 3

German International School Chicago ..... 38

The Ancona School............................................ 32

Grace Lutheran Church & School ................ 19

Ascension Catholic School ............................ 36 8

Association of Illinois Montessori Schools ................... Back Cover

Holy Cross School.............................................. 31

Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi......................... 62

Hyde Park Day School ..................................... 48

Skokie Montessori School ............................. 13

Immaculate Conception Grade School .................................................. 57

St Andrew School .............................................. 52

Autism Home Support ..... Inside Back Cover The Avery Coonley School.............................. 26 Baker - The Progressive School .................... 30

Science & Arts Academy.................................. 41

St Athanasius School ....................................... 59

Bennett Day School .......................................... 50

Intercultural Montessori Language School .......................................... 45

St Benedict Preparatory School .................. 33

Blue Bird Day....................................................... 11

Jerusalem Lutheran School ........................... 43

St Celestine School ........................................... 59

Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool ................... 15

Kensington School............................................ 25

St Chrysostom Day School ............................ 61

British International School of Chicago - Lincoln Park.................................................... 4

Kidwatch Plus ..................................................... 47

British International School of Chicago - South Loop ..................Inside Front Cover

Lakefront Children's Academy ..................... 58

The Brooke Whitted Center........................... 63

Latin School of Chicago .................................. 17

Center for Talent Development Northwestern University .......................... 32

Mary Meyer School ........................................... 49

St John School Libertyville ............................ 47

Mathnasium .......................................................... 9

St Josaphat School ............................................ 42

The Chicago Academy for the Arts ............. 33

Metropolitan Schoolhouse ........................... 40

St Mary of Gostyn Parish................................ 36

Chicago Friends School .................................. 44

Montessori Language Academy .................. 48

Chicago Grammar School .............................. 60

St Mary of the Woods Catholic School ..... 38

Moraine Valley Community College .......... 29

Chicago Jewish Day School ........................... 30

Morgan Park Academy .................................... 23

Chicago School GPS .......................................... 36

Northside Catholic Academy ........................ 29

Chicago Waldorf School ................................... 1

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School............ 57

The Children's School ...................................... 23 Countryside Montessori School .................. 21 The Cove School ................................................. 33 Creative Corners Preschool Des Plaines Park District ........................... 32 The Frances Xavier Warde School .............. 39 Fusion..................................................................... 29 64 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

MTG2017.indd 64

Kids Work.............................................................. 60 Lake Forest Academy ....................................... 63

Pilgrim Lutheran ................................................ 40 Prairieland Montessori ................................... 55 Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School .................... 28

St Clement School ............................................. 41 St James Lutheran School .............................. 46 St Jerome Catholic School ............................. 54 St John Evangelical Lutheran ....................... 56

St Robert Bellarmine Catholic School ...... 63 St Vincent Ferrer School ................................. 42 Totus Lingua ........................................................ 56 Trumpet Behavioral Health........................... 22 The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools ..................................... 53

Quest Academy .................................................. 27

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart ..................................... 19

Resurrection College Prep High School..................................................... 30

Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago........................ 14 Special Advertising Supplement

12/15/16 10:33 AM

AHSS Autism Center MTG2017_covers.indd 3

12/14/16 2:48 PM


Chicago Southwest

Chicago Montessori

Montessori Foundations of Chicago

1713 W. Cullom Ave., Chicago 60613 773.525.4358 AMI accredited for ages 0 -12 years.

Intercultural Montessori Language School 114 S. Racine, Ste. 100 Chicago 60607 312.265.1514

Dual-language Montessori programs for ages 3-12 in Spanish, Japanese & Chinese. Oak Park campus as well.

Near North Montessori

1434 W. Division St., Chicago 60642 773.384.1434

3575 S. Archer, Chicago 60609 773.254.5437

Providing a quality Montessori education to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years at an affordable price.

Suburban South Montessori Children's Schoolhouse

5935 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN 219.932.5666

AMS Accredited (22 months - 12 years), Est. 1963 serving children 6 mos - 14 years; middle school, before and after care available. Est. 1968 Early morning, Afterschool & summer programs. Fully Accredited. Montessori School of Lemont

16427 W. 135th St., Lemont 47 W. Polk St., Ste G15, Chicago 60661 815.834.0607 Est. in 1979; Preschool - 8th grade offering Spanish, Mandarin and After 312.431.8050

South Loop Montessori School

Traditional Montessori experience set in the School Programs on 7 acres with natural heart of the city. Infants - 9 years old, AMS playground, chicken coop and nature trails Full Member School.

University Village Montessori School

1304 S. Halsted St., Chicago 60607 773.800.9780

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

Forest Bluff School

8 W Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff 847.295.8338

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

Midwest Montessori Demonstration School 926 Noyes St., Evanston 847.328.6630

Brickton Montessori School

Rogers Park Montessori School

Serving children 15 months through Kindergarten all day, every day.

Skokie Montessori School 630.655.1066

Developing confident, capable, creative children to be the leaders and innovators of Seton Montessori School tomorrow. 6 months - 6 years. Parent/child, 5728 Virginia Ave., Toddler, Primary, Kindergarten. Ext. 1963 Clarendon Hills

8401 Karlov Ave., Skokie 847.679.4614

Serving children ages 2 -12 years. Full and partial schedules; summer program. AMS Full Member school.

Vernon Hills Montessori

21 Hawthorn Parkway Vernon Hills, IL 60061 847.918.0342

Buffalo Grove Montessori School

Riverwoods Montessori Schools

Est. 1966 serving children ages 2 through 14; Est. 1966, AMS Accredited & Living Legacy. 3 mos. - 12 yrs., Full & Half day, Full day, half day, early arrival. Elementary & Summer Camp. Fully Accredited.

MTG2017_covers.indd 4

Greenbrook Montessori School

2031 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette 847.256.2922

Suburban Northwest

1800 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago 60640 3140 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods 847.945.8661 773.271.1700

Suburban West

Chiaravalle Montessori

Est. 1986. Serving children 24 mos. through Toddler and Early Childhood, 1st through 8th grade. Accredited by AMS and ISACS. 8th grades Half to Full day. Extracurriculars and summer program. Deerfield, Glenview &

Est. 1993. Serving infants through Kindergarten. Full & Part time options available year-round.

Ronald Knox Montessori School 630.830.1675

Suburban North

425 Dempster St., Evanston 8622 West Catalpa Ave., Chicago 60656 847.864.2190 773.714.0646 Parent/Infant & Child, Full & Partial Day

418 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068 847.292.1229

Demonstration School (MMTTC) ages 3 - 6 1675 Greenbrook Blvd., Hanover Park years, full and part time.

Est. 1970. Beautiful woodland setting. Serving children 2 - 6 years; am & pm, Serving children ages 2 months to 6 years full-day Kindergarten. Spanish, Gym, Yoga, 15 months - 6 years; afterschool, summer old. Offering Half, School and Full-day Music & Summer school. Accredited by camp, private piano & voice; semi-private programs with enrichment classes available. NAEYC. karate & music

Chicago North/ Northwest

Montessori Academy of Illinois

Est. 1965, a Lab School serving students 2 months - 12 years; accredited by AMS and NAEYC; offering full and half day, summer programs and Parent-Child class.

West Suburban Montessori School

1039 S. East Ave. OakPark 708.848.2662

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

950 Ellen Dr., Buffalo Grove 847.541.8111

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

Childrens Learning World, A Montessori School, Inc. 8101 Golf Rd., Niles 847.470.0370

6 weeks - 12 years, open year round.

12/14/16 3:43 PM