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10 things to do with kids in Chicago in July
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10 things to do with kids in Chicago in July

Banish summer boredom with a handful of family-friendly activities and events to keep you and the little ones entertained throughout the month of July.  1. Newberry Library Book FairLooking for a new summer read? Everyone in the family will find something at this annual book fair with more than 120,000 used tomes in 70 categories—including children's lit—many of which are priced at $3 or under. All proceeds benefit the library. (60 W Walton St, July 27–30. Free) 2. Movies in the ParksFor a family movie night your kids won't soon forget, pack the popcorn and head to a number of city parks throughout the month of July. These are just a few of our favorites:The Secret Life of Pets (Sunday, July 2, Independence Park)The Jungle Book (Monday, July 10, Mary Bartelme Park)Finding Dory (Thursday, July 13 , Gill Park)Kung Fu Panda 3 (Sunday, July 23, Emmerson Park)The LEGO Batman Movie (Friday, July 28, Veteran's Memorial Park) 3. Roscoe Village Burger FestBefore filling up on patties and live music, let the kids run off some energy at the fun-filled Kids' Zone with arts and crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, basketball, rock climbing, yoga and a 35-food slide. (Belmont and Damen Aves, July 8 & 9. $8 suggested donation)  4. BenFestThis family-friendly street fest has plenty for the kiddos: a waterslide, basketball, giant tic tac toe, skee ball, football, baseball, a ring toss and so much more. Kids wristbands are $15 daily or $30 for the entire weekend. Plus, kids ages 4–1

Chicago's top children's museums
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Chicago's top children's museums

When the weather turns too cold, hot or rainy, and your kid has played with every toy at your local indoor playground—twice—a children's museum can be a savior

Kid-friendly bars and patios in Chicago
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Kid-friendly bars and patios in Chicago

Who's to say you can't enjoy a round of beers at your favorite Chicago bar with the little ones in tow?

Chicago summer camp guide: academic camps
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Chicago summer camp guide: academic camps

An academic summer camp could be the best way to spend the warmer months

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Chicago Sailboat Charters

Chicago Sailboat Charters

Get a sailing class for two at Chicago Sailboat Charters for half-off with Time Out

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XD Adventures 9D Virtual Reality Interactive Cinema Ride

XD Adventures 9D Virtual Reality Interactive Cinema Ride

XD Adventures 9D Virtual Reality Interactive Movie Ride takes the filmgoing experience a step further with its interactive attraction

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Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Get tickets to the Chicago History Museum with Time Out

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Martial Arts Training Temple

Martial Arts Training Temple

Get one month of Shaolin Kung-Fu for only $55 at Martial Arts Training Temple

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Top children's museums
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Top children's museums

Check out these top spots for hands-on learning disguised as play

Art classes for kids
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Art classes for kids

Channel your kids' artistic energy off of your walls and into a less damaging direction at these art classes

The best toy stores in Chicago
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The best toy stores in Chicago

These well curated shops often have fun displays for hands-on playing

Best indoor playgrounds
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Best indoor playgrounds

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

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The best birthday party ideas for kids
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The best birthday party ideas for kids

Move over, pool parties. We've got better ideas.

25 reasons why Chicago is the best city to raise kids
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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

The best Chicago gyms with childcare
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The best Chicago gyms with childcare

Parents, you're out of excuses to skip a workout when you're a member of these gyms

Best party supply stores in Chicago
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Best party supply stores in Chicago

When you're done scouring Pinterest, take your list to one of these local party supply stores

Places to get kids' haircuts in Chicago
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Places to get kids' haircuts in Chicago

Taking your kids to the hair salon is a whole different ballgame