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Family-friendly things to do with kids in and around Chicago

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New Year's Eve kids' events

From a family-friendly improv show to a superhero party, here are some of our favorite NYE picks

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Things to Do

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Admission to the rink is free and skate rentals are available for $12

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Fun winter activities for kids

It may be cold outside, but that shouldn't stop families from sledding, ice skating and more

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Things to Do

Winter WonderFest

Navy Pier's annual indoor winter carnival returns with new activities, including a toboggan tunnel

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Shopping and style

Best pet stores in Chicago

If the multibillion-dollar pet industry is any indication, people love outfitting their dogs and cats in adorable pet costumes, warm winter sweaters and, of course, the finest leashes, toys and collars on the market. These Chicago pet stores carry everything you need to make Chairman Meow purr, and many also offer dog obedience classes, specialty food, daycare—even pet birthday parties.

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Where to eat with kids

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Restaurants where kids eat free

Don't pay for food that will just end up on the anyway

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Where to find awesome kids' menus

Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs. These kids' menus would make any adult jealous

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10 burgers your kids will love

The best burgers for the small set

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Kid-friendly brunches

We searched the city—and polled moms—to find brunch spots that pay special attention to your little ones

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Best spots to play

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Best indoor playgrounds

Got cabin fever? Let your kids run wild in these play spaces

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8 great playgrounds

Where to find the best swings, slides, climbing structures and mazes

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Birthday party ideas

Spots that'll please your kid but won't drive you nuts

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Free museum days

What to do with kids during the winter = solved

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Chicago parent survival guide

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25 reasons why Chicago is the best city to raise kids

Don't move to the suburbs until you read this list

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Testing out babysitter services in Chicago

When word-of-mouth recs dry up, many people turn to babysitting services. We test them all

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Day care, nanny or au pair?

How to pick the right childcare option for you and your kdis

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Kid-friendly bars and pubs

Spots to kick back with a beer with your little ones—in between diaper changes and cutting up their food

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5 things to consider when choosing a preschool

Applying for your child's preschool shouldn't be as daunting as applying to college

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