Shopping Home Stores in Hubbard Woods

On the lookout for new design ideas? Look no further than the Hubbard Woods neighborhood of Winnetka.   Material Possessions 954 Green Bay Rd 847-446-8840 A Winnetka staple since 1977, Material Possessions sells everything from bed and bath accessories to table settings. They also provide design services and a bridal registry, which can be completed […]

Know Before You Go: Waterparks

Chicago’s North Shore offers plenty of water play alternatives to a trip to the beach.   If you’re looking for a local waterpark, you’re sure to find one on this list that’s close to you. Before you go, consider: 1. Your kids’ ages: It’s worth the effort to do a little research before you fork […]

National Open House Weekend

Curious? In the market? This weekend is the time to ogle some real estate. It’s National Open House Weekend, June 2-3.   Put on your walking shoes and take a look, as realtors in neighborhoods all over the North Shore will be holding open houses. Need ideas on what kind of house suits your family? […]

Lake Forest Native Brings Home the Gold

Congratulations USA Women’s Hockey on their World Championship!   The American team clinched their third straight title with a 3-2 win over Canada. Hilary Knight, who grew up in Lake Forest, scored the winning goal in overtime. Maybe they can give our Blackhawks a few tips! Here are two more “girl power!” stories to inspire: […]

Moms and Margaritas Rule

Sure—for many, Mother’s Day is best spent hanging out with the family. So why not squeeze in a little girlfriend get-together earlier in the week?   If you need to give the husband and kids an excuse, here’s one: Cinco De Mayo. That’s right, it’s time to celebrate the Battle of Puebla—really! If you and […]

A Curious Patchwork of Evanston Treasures

Ever felt the urge to send an email or letter to your favorite celebrity?   Between 1931 and 1958, Evanstonian Ethel Sampson sent dozens of letters to famous politicians, authors, musicians and movie stars of the time, and in return she received priceless autographs, memorabilia, and clothes. Sampson then masterfully combined artifacts from Amelia Earhart, […]

Metra Train Stars in Movie "Source Code" with Jake Gyllenhaal

The movie “Source Code,” which comes out April 1 and was filmed in Chicago, features one of our favorite hotties riding a recognizable, if unofficial, local train.   According to Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office, the movie’s stars, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan, were in Chicago filming a small portion of the […]

LEGO Crazy? Your Child Could Be a Minimaster Model Builder

Applicants age 6 to 12 are invited to create a 90-second video telling why they should be selected as the MINIMASTER Model Builder.   To enter the contest, children must have permission from their parent or guardian to upload their video entry at The winner will learn LEGO building secrets from a Master Model […]

Want to Be a Sports Blogger

Game On! is establishing a junior sports blogger group that offers an amazing opportunity for girls to take on the role of sports reporter/columnist.   The game plan for this team of bloggers is as follows: Each Game On! reporter will cover a sports story and write it up for posting on the blog “Game […]

Family Portrait for Family in Need

]]Classic Kids Photography is looking for nominations for its 2nd annual “Love Giving” campaign.   They will give two families in need a free professional photography sitting and portraits of their family, including framing provided by Artist’s Frame Service. You can nominate a family in need by sending an email to Rules: One family […]