Five Reasons Why All Chicago Families Should Take a Road Trip to Milwaukee

As wonderful as Chicago and its suburbs are, sometimes it’s great to just get away for a bit. But when you have small kids who don’t do well in the car, your options are pretty limited. That’s why I am reminding you that there is a gem of a city located right over the border…Milwaukee! […]

Family Travel Checklist

It is officially that time of year when Chicagoans are fleeing for fun in the sun (I’m looking at you, Kari and Whip!). And while a vacation away from the long and brutal Chicago winter sounds like paradise, traveling back and forth with the kids is anything but. For a while, I was so petrified […]

Why Chicagoland Families Should Visit the Quad Cities

This past weekend it was Homecoming at my alma mater, Augustana College. It was the first time I had been back in over twelve years and the first time I introduced my boys to campus. We had so much fun catching up with friends, running through the quad, and exploring both Iowa and Illinois that […]

Starved Rock State Park Secrets

Looking for a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and fit in some exercise all at the same time? Then pack up the kids into the car and head to Illinois’ top attraction: Starved Rock State Park.  This free state park has something to please absolutely EVERYONE in the family and is a […]

Tips for Navigating Chicago’s Midway & O’Hare Airports

If you are anything like me, travel—especially air travel, creates a ton of stress. So that’s why I have compiled this list of tips for navigating both O’Hare and Midway airports like a frequent flier, even if you only fly once or twice a year. So pack a bag and focus on your chosen destination, […]

Family Friendly Tropical Trip Locations for Chicagoans

I’m here to encourage you to get away from the cold and grey Chicagoland skies and jet off to a fabulous vacation WITH kids in tow. Yes, that’s right, you can have an amazingly enjoyable and fun vacation with your kids. It’s not going to be the same as before they were born (I mean, […]

Skiing Spots for Chicagoans

Photo credit: Devil’s Head The Midwest isn’t known for its tall mountains, but there are some great slopes to hit this winter with your family in tow. Here you will find a round up of some great skiing spots for Chicagoans to shred their way through the winter. Illinois Chestnut Mountain, Galena Why we love […]

The Best Hotels for a Chicagoland Staycation

Sometimes you just need to get away, don’t you? To change up your routine and focus on play instead of responsibilities. But since many of us struggle with finding the time to take a break from life, I want to remind you of the most wonderful way to take a break: a staycation. And living […]

18 Must Have Apps for Traveling Families

Oh, technology.  We have such a love/hate relationship.  I absolutely love that I can use technology to keep myself from getting lost as well as get inspiration on what to make for dinner that evening, but it also tends to dominate too much of my day.  I most definitely have a technology addiction. But when […]