Juliana Yeager

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New Blog Web Address

Friday, 07 Sep 2012 at 05:27 pm

I've moved my blog to www.RaisingKidsinChicago.com


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Dining Out with the WHOLE Family

Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012 at 06:34 pm

Some people could say that the single best thing about Chicago are the restaurants...so many amazing ones that it would take several lifetimes to visit each and every tasty spot.


Now that we are a family of 3 dining out has taken on a whole new meaning for us.  It is a luxury when we can dine out as a pair, so we often look to restaurants that are kid friendly and enjoyable for us as well.  My biggest hang-up about kids menus is the fact that they are always loaded with junk food options.  The usual suspects are chicken nuggets and fries, hot dog, grilled cheese and pizza.  I have yet to see a kids menu featuring a veggie, however I think my hunt may finally be over or at least filled with a few more options than before.


Some of you may have heard of the Healthy Fare for Kids Initiative, however this is something I am new too, yet amazed by this wonderful program!  Their mantra is simple: A grass-roots initiative asking restaurants to offer healthier food for children on their menus - http://www.healthyfareforkids.com


Here is a list of restaurants involved in no particular order.  Let me know if you check one out and how you like it.


1. Flavor 180 - South Loop spot at 1511 S. State

2. Nookies - not all Nookies are created equal - this healthy fare menu is at their Edgewater location: 1100 W. Bryn Mawr

3. Brown Trout - North Center hot spot - 4111 N. Lincoln - (Kids eat free Wednesday - Sunday from 5-7)

4. Feast - Bucktown - 1616 N. Damen Ave

5. MK - River North - 868 N. Franklin

6. Terzo Piano - Modern Wing of the Art Institute 159 E. Monroe

7. The Publican - West Loop/Fulton Market - 837 W. Fulton

8. City Provisions - Ravenswood - 1818 W. Wilson


If you have any additions to this list that you have discovered on your own, please leave a comment telling us about it.


For your real estate needs and beyond loot to your Chicago Real Estate Family, The Yeager Team, every time. 



Raising Kids in the City - Birthday's

Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012 at 05:38 pm

Holden's birthday is coming up in just a couple of months and with the big 2 I am going to have a birthday party with all of his little friends.  Like many of us in the city we are low on space; and the thought of having 10 kids and their parents packed into our condo gives me agita.  


As I researched the many indoor playgrounds and venues to host a birthday party I was shocked at how pricey the spaces are, however I give them major props (and wish I thought of them) because they are booked months out!  Of course the frugalista in me knew there had to be some more reasonable options in our fine city [other than McDonalds playground] and I am here to share them with you!


1. The park - there are so many amazing parks to host your party and if it is under 50 people it is 100% free and no permits necessary.  The only downside is the weather and you have to bring all of your own supplies (tables, chairs, decor etc).  The upside is that many of the parks have a rec center with 'club rooms' that you can reserve for just $25/hour.  They will supply the tables/chars and the space.  All you have to do is bring the decor and food and voila you have an indoor party for an affordable price.  Since my first choice is to have the party outside, the park director reserved the room for me free of charge and all I have to do is call a few days before the party to solidify the room in case of rain - what a cinch!  

For a park near you check out their site:  http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/meeting-and-event-spaces/  


2. If you are looking to have a theme party try Wagner Farm.  I'm cheating a bit because it is outside of the city in Glenview, but with it being less than 15 miles from Lakveiew it is definitely worth mentioning.  The pricing is really reasonable and I love that it is a true working farm.  We picked pumpkins from this patch last year and the selection is wonderful!  The apples are delicious too!  They also have a chicken coop and cows to view, and what kid wouldn't like a wagon ride!  They book up early so plan in advance for this hot spot. 

Check it out at http://www.wagnerfarm.org 


I am always short on time when it comes to shopping for party goods.  I've been finding incredible deals on amazon.com that will be delivered right to my door - how easy is that.  


For your real estate needs and beyond look to your Chicago Real Estate Family, The Yeager Team, every time.





9/5/12 - There is a deal on Plumdistrict.com for a birthday party at My Corner Playroom for $195 off the retail price.  $190 2 hour party at an indoor plaground sounds pretty enticing to me and we may just swith it up for Holden's party this year!  As an added bonus, they have guest parking!  We supply the food, they supply the venue - a great deal in my eyes!  I hope you can scoop it up too! 

Categories: Family Fun Chicago

Fall with Kids in the City

Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 at 06:48 pm

Fall is around the corner and with that I need activities to keep my toddler from getting cabin fever.  I am one to always look for bargains and deals in order to stretch my dollar as far as it can go.


First, your local Chicago Park district has many activities from early childhood and up.  The classes are incredibly well priced for your tots.  I just booked Holden in a story-time/drama/art class as well as a sing-a-long class.  He was in the sing-a-long class last session and loved it.  You can find out more and discover a local park near you at http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/programs/ - Definitely don't delay as the classes fill up fast!


Also consider Lil' Kickers.  It's a bit pricier than the park district, however the classes are almost an hour in length, which is worth it to me.  Holden loves this weekly activity and has met new friends, learned how to follow instructions as well as self-coordination.  He always looks forward to seeing Coach Amy too!  We just enrolled him in the fall session and are looking forward to continue the group play indoors.  http://www.lilkickerschicago.com


Benjamin and I are a Real Estate Family and our new blog will keep you updated on things to do while raising kids in the city.  


For your real estate needs and beyond look to your Chicago Real Estate Family, The Yeager Team, every time. 


Enjoy Chicago,