Chicago is rich with possibilities for families, which is why we’ve devoted this story to providing a guide to the best stuff for kids, parents, and moms-to-be. Take along our field guide to birds and critters on your next hike. Read advice from Chicago’s reigning baby-sleep specialist, Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Check out our taste test of birthday cakes from the city’s top-tier bakeries. All this and more.
Five local bakeries. Five amazing birthday cakes. We tasted them all—and lived to tell. The results
Ideas for fun with kids, including: fishing, chess, juggling, paddling, hiking, and searching for Abe Lincoln
With the care and tending of children come huge new responsibilities—and a mountain of stuff. Be greener with these ten tips, some for your kids and their health and some for the good of the earth.
PLUS: Where to shop for eco-friendly children’s clothing and furtniture that are all the rage
Two takes on decorating—cozily traditional or clean and modern—for one happy baby
Is your baby unable to fall asleep and stay asleep? Paging Dr. Marc Weissbluth…
PLUS: Web extra—more from the interview with the Chicago pediatrician and sleep researcher
Hiring a full-time babysitter can be one of the most stressful experiences of early parenthood. Tips to ease the process
Other parents can be an important early source of support and information. Ten ways—some free—to get connected
Stylish maternity wear for every taste and budget
PLUS: Should you buy or rent a breast pump?
AND: Do you need a doula?
Photograph: Katrina Wittkamp