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Corny fun for Chicagoland farm visitors this fall

The Beatles are in the corn. Literally. This year, the 28-acre maze at Richardson Adventure Farm in McHenry County, 60 minutes northwest of Chicago, celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first record album. An 11-mile labyrinth of trails, the annual attraction is the world’s largest and most intricate corn maze. In addition to the […]

It’s A Family Affair At These Chicago-Area Restaurants

You’ll find plenty of Chicago restaurants relishing in the family-friendly concept. In fact, they roll out the red carpet for the 12-and-under crowd, wooing them with games, discounts and specialized menus. Here are some of the best in the city. The average, sensible parents know that they cannot take their children to every restaurant. While […]

Food and fun for the whole family

Have fun with the whole family this summer and fall with these kid-friendly celebrations. Don’t have any kids? Borrow some! The kids will dye for Hotel Lincoln’s free “Tie-Dye Party in the Park” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Children and parents can make their own tie-dye garments during this offbeat celebration of […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

Hey, kids! The Wienermobile is coming!

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will among some 20 full-size trucks on hand at the Kohl Children’s Museum’s eighth annual “Touch A Truck” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 670 W. Frontage Road, Northfield, Ill.. Kids can climb aboard full-sized trucks in a completely safe environment during […]

A different dream for MLK Day

With the kids out of school this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., I Dream of Falafel in Oakbrook Terrace will give kids a free side of falafels. At this newly opened location only, the chain says, “All children (ages 12 and under) can dream big with […]

Go local this Halloween

When you’re shopping for the trick-or-treaters this Halloween, check out these locally made candies: Ferrara Pan Candy Co. Atomic Fire Ball, Lemonheads and Red Hots. The Forest Park-based candy company dates to 1919, but founder Salvatore Ferrara was making candy even before that at the Original Ferrara Bakery. Both companies are still owned and operated […]

‘Corks & Crayons’ features family-friendly food and fun

The eighth annual “Corks & Crayons” benefit, 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Parkway in Avondale, offers family-friendly fun and tastings from a dozen Chicago’ chefs, including “Top Chef” contestants Heather Terhune of Sable in River North and Richie Farina of Moto in the West Loop and Mindy Segal of […]

Ed’s throws a ’50s fest

Get out your poodle skirt, pack up the kids this weeekend and head to Ed Debevic’s in River North for the third annual Ed’s Fest, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The indoor and outdoor event features 1950s inspired activities from a DJ to games including hula-hoop, a dunk tank and Mitchell’s Ice Cream […]

Friday food porn: Space station Oswego

The “Space Station” at Oswego’s galaxy-themed Shef Brothers will fill up those empty spaces. The appetizer features five orders of mashed potatoes, five orders of fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, lettuce and tomato, drizzled with ranch dressing and barbecue sauce, all topped with a deep-fried meatball, $16.99.