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Best for Kids—and Parents, Too!

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.

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.

TOP TIERS >>

Five local bakeries. Five amazing birthday cakes. We tasted them all—and lived to tell. The results

 

THE JUST-SAY-NO-TO-BOREDOM GUIDE TO THE CITY AND BEYOND >>

Ideas for fun with kids, including: fishing, chess, juggling, paddling, hiking, and searching for Abe Lincoln

 

HOW TO BE GREENER >>

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

 

 

THEN AND NOW >>

Two takes on decorating—cozily traditional or clean and modern—for one happy baby

THE SECRETS OF SLEEP >>

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

 

HOW TO FIND A NANNY >>

Hiring a full-time babysitter can be one of the most stressful experiences of early parenthood. Tips to ease the process

 

THE NEW NETWORK >>

Other parents can be an important early source of support and information. Ten ways—some free—to get connected

 

DRESSING THE BELLY >>

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

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