Insider’s Guide to the 2015 Illinois State Fair

Editor's Note: Many thanks to our dear friend and Springfield native Tara of Go West Young Mom, a site that covers the far western suburbs of Chicago, for this great in-depth article. Does your family love carnival rides, barnyard animals, fried food or high diving shows? Then the Illinois State Fair is for you! The 2015 Illinois State Fair runs from Friday, Aug. 14, … [Read more...]

Insider’s Guide to the 2014 Illinois State Fair

Editor's Note: Many thanks to our dear friend Tara of Go West Young Mom, a site that covers the far western suburbs of Chicago, for this great in-depth article. Does your family love carnival rides, barnyard animals, fried food or high diving shows? Then the Illinois State Fair is for you! The 2014 State Fair runs from Friday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 17, at the … [Read more...]

Easy Craft: How To Make A Paper May Day Basket

Editor's Note:  My good friend Tara Burghart shared this post with us to share with you. Tara is the co-founder of the fabulous gowestyoungmom.com, a resource for families in suburban Chicago's Fox Valley area. This post was originally published in 2012. When my family returned from a spring weekend away last year, we had a lovely surprise waiting on our door -- a May … [Read more...]

Insiders Guide to the 2013 Illinois State Fair

By Tara Burghart Do your kids love animals? Carnival rides? Farm equipment? Baton twirling contests? Well, then you owe it to them to take them to the 2013 Illinois State Fair!  The State Fair runs from Friday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 18, at the fairgrounds in Springfield, about a 90-minute drive from Champaign-Urbana. If you want to extend your trip a bit, check out … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Guide To Halloween TV Specials And Movies

Editor's note: Special thanks to Springfield native Tara Burghart for this wonderfully detailed guide to the Halloween TV season! Tara is the founder of Go West Young Mom, a wonderful site for moms and families in Chicago's Fox Valley suburbs.  Television over the next week-and-a-half will be filled with Halloween-themed episodes, movies and specials, some of them quite gory … [Read more...]