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