Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Step right up: County Fairs roll in for old-fashioned summer fun ]]> Lead story image

If you want to see a real live cow, or watch a pig race, or see cars smash up each other, there’s no place like the county fair. There are several county fairs that hearken back to the state’s agricultural roots. Here’s a look at when and where: KANE COUNTY FAIR The 146th Kane County Fair runs July 16-20 in St. Charles. Back again are the free acts, like Swifty Swine racing pigs, KidsBucks Game Show, Miller Petting Zoo, Kiddy Land with younger age-appropriate rides and games, the Sheer Magic show, the big cat show and the talent show, said … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:49:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ ORANGE CRUSH — Your guide to area pumpkin picking adventures ]]> Lead story image

Fall is here and it’s time for pumpkins ]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:18:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ UniverSoul Circus aims to move the spirit in everyone ]]> Lead story image

The UniverSoul Circus has returned to Chicago with performances at Washington Park and Union Park. ]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:12:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Worth The Trek ­— Portage Park ]]> Lead story image

There’s a summer playground featuring history, greenery and a few different ways to keep cool where the No. 80 Irving Park bus and No. 85 Central Avenue bus converge. At Irving Park and Central, take a dip into the heart of the Portage Park neighborhood, named after the grand 37-acre park with a fantastic free pool. Portage Park Pool, 4100 N. Long (773) 685-7235; It’s one of the crown jewels of the Chicago Park District — the Olympic-sized Portage Park pool, book ended by a diving well with diving boards at four different heights and a children’s splash park. … ]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:03:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ University of Chicago study: One-third of recent marriages began online ]]>

More than a third of recent marriages nationwide began online, according to a new University of Chicago study that was paid for by a dating website. ]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:52:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Hands-free’ parenting ]]>

Blogger Rachel Macy Stafford ( shared some tips for parenting “hands free”: • Create a barrier between you and your device. “Actually putting these items out of sight was a huge help for me,” she said. • Take the apps off your phone. “A lot of my readers have shared with me they removed Facebook, Instagram, Words With Friends. They realized they were sitting there playing cars or whatever with their child and they’re on their phone.” • Put your phone in the glove compartment when you drive. “Within days [the kids] began talking so much more,” Stafford said. “They … ]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:51:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Hands Free Mama’ message: Parents, put down that cellphone ]]> Lead story image

Alabama blogger, a mother of two, says her texting and posting and picture-taking was taking her away from important family moments. ]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:51:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ Books for younger set celebrate snow ]]>

Here are six delightful early toddler through kindergarten picture books that use snow as a prop or the star of the story. ]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:12:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Parents aren’t unhappier, studies find ]]>

Having kids may not make us miserable after all. The findings of two new studies suggest that parents today might, in fact, be happier than non-parents. ]]> Mon, 07 May 2012 12:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Study: When parents split, preschoolers show behavior problems ]]>

Kids whose parents split up when they were preschoolers have increased behavior problems, according to new research that suggests the timing of such breakups has long-term effects. The study by University of Chicago and Georgetown researchers found that such disruption — particularly in a child’s first three years but probably until they’re as old as 5 — “more strongly influences children’s development than changes later in childhood,” and those influences “seem to have negative effects on children’s behavior.” ]]> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:07:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ New, faster drug to challenge Viagra, others ]]>

Consumers will soon be hearing a lot about a new drug to handle erectile dysfunction — the first new pill for the condition in a decade. This one — to be sold under the brand name Stendra — starts working in about 15 minutes, versus 30 to 60 minutes for Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. ]]> Fri, 04 May 2012 10:06:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ways to get your kids to exercise ]]> Lead story image

It should not come as news that the current childhood obesity problem continues to (pardon the pun) expand. On average, almost a third of children in the U.S. are overweight, many with Type 2 diabetes putting them in line for developing life-threatening diseases as they get older. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s organization, “Let’s Move!,” which was created to fight childhood obesity, you also can get your child moving onto a healthy path with some of these tips. ]]> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:59:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ Puzzles help young kids develop math skills: study ]]> Lead story image

Want to improve your child’s chances of going into a career in science, technology or engineering? Giving a child puzzles to play with between 2 and 4 years old might help, a University of Chicago study suggests. ]]> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:33:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fun ways to get kids interested in reading ]]> Lead story image

Learning to enjoy reading at an early age gives your child a jumpstart on her education, but schoolwork should not be the only reason to raise an eager reader. Enjoyment of reading is an important puzzle piece to a fulfilled life. ]]> Fri, 25 May 2012 16:22:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ New book a guide to turning children into healthy little eaters ]]> Lead story image

The Cleaner Plate Club is a must-read for parents of picky eaters. It comes with lots of information, a witty sense of humor, and even an any-mistake-you-made-we-made-it-too attitude. ]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:55:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Top 6 tips on how to get the family eating better ]]> Lead story image

The Cleaner Plate Club author Ali Benjamin tells you how to get your kids on the road to healthy eating. ]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:55:53 -0600