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…
Babysitting and a play space, all in one
Sometimes you just need a good babysitter. Like today, maybe. Well, Take A Break Playcare has plenty of them. Founded by Chicago mom Christine DeLoach, the drop-off play space employs caregivers who have been fingerprin…
Amphibians to open at Shedd this weekend
Opening Saturday, May 16, at the Shedd Aquarium, Amphibians will showcase 40 different species of amphibians from all over the world, including salamanders, frogs, newts, and wormy-looking caecilians. Built with little …
Boats docks at the Chicago Children’s Museum
There’s a high seas adventure coming to the Chicago Children’s Museum —and we’re so there. Boats, open May 8 through the fall, will offer tons of pretend-play opps in lifelike boats (sailboats, kayaks, workboats) with p…
Meet the newest residents of the Lincoln Park Zoo
There are so many newbies at the Lincoln Park Zoo. And they’re all just too damn cute. Start at the Regenstein Center for African Apes, where an adorable baby girl gorilla, Bella, was born in February. You can see the ……
Perennial Virant's yummy new brunch for tots
Remember Sunday Brunch for two? Sigh. Well, at least Perennial Virant has made a fancy family brunch a possibility with its stellar new menu for little diners. Known for delish seasonal, local, and organic fare (and an …