After a two-year hiatus, the Zoom Room is making a bigger and better return to the Chicago Children’s Museum (700 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier). The Crown Gallery has been outfitted with over 2,000 small toy cars and three …
When two local moms wanted an easy way to sign their kids for up classes, they created it themselves. Class Crasher streamlines the process for booking extra-curricular classes, camps, and drop-in events. Designed for c…
Pilsen Community Books sells new and gently used books for all ages (plus some gifts and writing supplies). Used books are all in the very best condition. Pick up great reads like The Very Hungry Caterpillar ($3), The C…
The Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Near Southside) has a new resident you’ll be able to ooh and ahhh over soon. Rescued earlier this year, Sea Otter Pup 719 (she’ll be given a nametomorrow) is being cared for i…
The new Pearachute app lets you try hundreds of kid-centric activities (from swimming to painting) across the city without having to commit to an entire session. Purchase a monthly membership, use the app to peruse hund…
The new Happy Play center (2346 North Clark St., Lincoln Park) isn’t the typical indoor play space — it’s also part animal rescue. In addition to the climbing structures, activities, and games found in the 0-3 year room…
No more schlepping downtown to get the kiddos on ice skates. Starting on 12/12 (as long as it’s cold enough), Northsiders will have their own rink, and it’s awesomely located smack dab in Wicker Park proper. WickerICE p…
Meet the newest residents at the Brookfield Zoo— a baby gorilla, Zachary was born on September 23 and lives in the Tropic World: Africa habitat. See him daily from 10am to 4:30pm, where he spends most of his time clingi…
Chef-made food delivery services have really become a thing around here. And now that Radish has expanded its delivery area to include Bucktown, Wicker Park, West Town, and Ukranian Village, even more of us can indulge.…
Chicago’s newest food delivery option could be the easiest (and healthiest) one yet. Download the Sprig app to see a majorly inspiring menu of three to five chef-prepared meals that can be delivered to your door within …
The witching hours are less daunting now that healthy takeout joint Snap Kitchen has settled into four locations around the city (Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and the Loop). The shop's fresh-made meals feature loca…
Making dinner every single night gets old. Fast. Home Chef wants to help. The Chicago-based meal kit delivery company serves up all the yummy necessities—locally sourced fresh ingredients, seasonings, sauces, recipe car…
Grab the swimsuits and head to the new playground at Margaret Donahue Park, where a small and brightly painted spray pad is extra appealing for little splashers. The whole space is pretty fab, actually: it's outfitted w…
New nature exhibits for children


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is encouraging little ones to get comfy with bugs in three new exhibits for summer. In “The Secrets of Bees,” children can dress up in real beekeeper gear and extract pretend honey from f…
The Kids’ Table gets 'em comfortable in the kitchen


Wicker Park's The Kids' Table cooking school has expanded, with a new Lakeview location and lots of new classes. To get little ones started, Tots Can Cook teaches chopping, grating, mixing, and rolling ingredients (with…