The Travel and Adventure Show is getting ready to kick off its tour across the country, and while it’s a great place for adults, it can be fun for kids as well. On January 21st and 22nd, families won’t want to miss the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Family entertainment may be difficult to find during the winter, but the Travel and Adventure show will captivate parents and children of all ages.
December is a magical time to celebrate the holidays in Chicago as the city puts its best foot forward. There are traditions aplenty throughout Chicagoland, if you know where to look. Everything kicks off of Saturday, November 19th with the 25th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, a tree-lighting parade along Michigan Avenue. Grand Marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead characters from Disney World, beautiful floats, and marching bands from along the route. Once the tree is lit, the rest of the city rolls out the holiday finery. Here are some of the best events to celebrate the holidays in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
7 Family Fun Fall Activities in Chicago Fall is a favorite time of year for many families in the Chicago area. The leaves begin to change to beautiful hues, there’s a chill in the air, and there are many reasons to go out and enjoy the weather. We’ve put together some of our favorite activities to get you out of the house and enjoying some hot cider and apple doughnuts in no time. 1. Visit a corn maze About an hour and a half north of downtown and just south of the Wisconsin border is Richardson Adventure Farm, home of the world’s largest corn maze. The place is more than a maze, there is a petting zoo, giant slides, bounce pillows, ORB… [Read More]
It isn’t every day you have the opportunity to play tourist in your own backyard, so when Loews Chicago approached me about trying out their “Urban Explorer” package, I jumped at the chance. Designed for families, the package encourages hotel guests to get out and explore Chicago like never before. The program is designed to keep children entertained while navigating the major attractions of the Windy City, which isn’t always an easy task.
When our family moved to the Chicago area ten years ago, we were pleasantly surprised by the wealth of kid-friendly activities the city has to offer. Chicago almost feels like a city built with children’s entertainment in mind. From the Lincoln Park Zoo to the Museum of Science and Industry, the city offers destinations for children of all ages, which makes it a perfect destination for a family getaway.
If you’re visiting Chicago or live in the city or suburbs, I would highly recommend making time to visit the suburb of Rosemont. While tiny in population, the village certainly doesn’t lack for entertainment, restaurants, or shopping opportunities. Long popular as a convention destination, the village is celebrating its 60th anniversary so there will be a lot of excitement this year. Rosemont has an abundance of upscale hotels, the state-of-the art Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the Allstate Arena, and the Rosemont Theatre. It is also home to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and MB Financial Park, a one stop dining and entertainment center.
Do you ever get tired of planning your trips? Do you spend endless hours searching for the right hotel, attractions kids will love, and the best restaurants? Guess what? You don’t have to any more! Momaboard has launched a service that will give you back your life, reduce your stress, and plan your trip for you. All you have to do is pack!
The InterContinental Hotel Chicago is family friendly luxury right in the heart of downtown. Originally built as a men’s athletic club in 1929, the hotel was purchased by InterContinental Hotels in 1988 who immediately set to renovating while maintaining the building’s historical character. When visitors step into the four story lobby, they are instantly transported to a place of luxury and glamour. With doors that lead directly out to Michigan Avenue, the hotel is accessible to anything you could want in the city. Families desiring an upscale hotel with friendly staff, spacious and luxurious rooms, and a top notch location will not be disappointed by the InterContinental Hotel Chicago. InterContinental Hotel Chicago I recently had the opportunity to visit the InterContinental Hotel… [Read More]
It can be difficult to find kid friendly restaurants in Chicago, so sometimes I find myself scrambling for places to eat. Before I even leave the comforts of the suburbs, I’m scouting for the latest and greatest restaurant in the city, and I often ask friends to weigh in with their advice. Unfortunately, I have a picky audience that needs to satisfied, and it comes in the form of three hungry boys; one who will eat anything, one who is a picky eater, and one with a food allergy. We have found these restaurants to be kid friendly and would recommend them to anyone visiting the city. Here are our favorite kid friendly restaurants in Chicago.
The weather everywhere has been atrocious, but in Chicago we are used to it, and try to have a supply of fun winter activities for kids ready to go at any given moment. The polar vortex roared through last year, this year we have Arctic air, and who knows what the rest of winter holds. It’s hard to believe the first day of spring is less than a month away. In Chicago it will take longer than that for the ground to thaw. As locals know, it is important to have plenty of activities at your disposal to entertain the kids on “snow days”, “cold days”, and good old school holidays. Here are some of our favorite fun winter activities for kids… [Read More]
Family Fun at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show This weekend, January 17th and 18th, there will be a ton of family fun to be had, all under one roof at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. As locals know, it is difficult to find indoor family entertainment during the winter months, but this show promises to have something for everyone. The travel show is the ideal place for travel lovers to dream, plan, and book their next vacation. Travel experts, chefs, and celebrities (Samantha Brown, Patricia Schultz, and Pauline Frommer to name a few) come together to inspire adventure seekers of all ages and give them advice on how to make their travel… [Read More]
Noon Year’s Eve at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum On New Year’s Eve our family had the opportunity to do something special, a little different from our average New Year’s Eve celebration, which usually consists of lounging around the house all day and watching movies. We were invited to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to attend their inaugural Noon Year’s Eve party. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I knew the kids would love the opportunity to go to a party downtown and explore the nature museum as well.
Best Holiday Events in Chicago Chicago is one of the best cities to visit during the holiday season. The holidays begin in earnest in Chicago with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival at the end of November. There is a spectacular night time tree lighting parade down Michigan Avenue, with Mickey and Minnie serving as the Grand Marshalls, complete with floats, balloons, and marvelous marching bands. The ceremony concludes with a stunning fireworks display above the Chicago River. The holidays are a wonderful time to find yourself in the city of Chicago and its suburbs because the city puts forward its most dazzling display of entertainment for locals and tourists alike.
Virtually Visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago This week I learned many new things about transitioning websites and making a YouTube video. Here is my first YouTube video (youtube.com/user/kidsareatrip) about our family’s visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo just north of downtown Chicago. Vlogging is obviously something new to me, but I hope you enjoy my first attempt! Do you vlog? What are some of your favorite tips?