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Create a Colorful Feast

As you prepare for this season of celebrations, consider recipes that offer a fresh approach to the traditional holiday menu. With its sweet simplicity and vibrant color, a garnish featuring California grapes can make your meal presentation even more enticing. Keep those mealtime traditions intact by serving favorites like Brussels sprouts, but pair them with […]


When Family Dinner Doesn’t Work: 10 More Ways to Connect with Your Kids

  By Alyssa Chirco As parents, we have been hearing for years about the many benefits of family dinner. Research shows that children who routinely enjoy meals with their parents have lower rates of substance abuse and depression, a stronger sense of belonging and even a better vocabulary. Unfortunately, non-traditional work schedules, extra-curricular activities and […]


Cut to the Chase: Homework Strategies that Work

  Cut to the Chase: Homework Strategies that Work by Gayla Grace   As I overheard a conversation with a parent discussing her child’s routine and the late hour the child completed her homework the night before, I thought about how easily we allow our kids to slip into procrastinating habits that result in disastrous […]


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Rahm’s Readers: Summer Learning Challenge

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Family is my life’s purpose?

In September 2005 I realized my life’s purpose. Once I felt it, I knew there was nothing that could stop me.I wanted to have a baby expo and a kids expo and had a vision of starting a publication dedicated to Chicagoland families. I wanted it to inspire, help families in need and be a credible resource, something families could turn to for valuable information, support and ideas on how to spend quality time together. With that dream, Family Time Magazine was born to serve the City of Chicago and the south, west and north suburbs.


We are now celebrating our 10th anniversary in print with a readership of more than 100,000, and in December 2012 we launched an online edition. That means our Chicagoland magazine is now available to anyone, anywhere at anytime! Technology continues to change and we are changing right with it so we can be there for you when you need us.


Our website has become an extension of the magazine with more than 75,000 hits per month. It is a valuable resource for families and a wonderful platform for our clients to advertise their products and services. We appreciate the opportunity to continue serving you, our families. We encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions. Thank you for your support!


Caroline O’Connell





The Ultimate Chicagoland Family Fun Adventure


The Baby and Kids is the biggest Chicagoland event ! Kids Expo is a one of a kind event that takes place in September and March every year. The Expo provides attendees with all the latest information on Kids Babies and Family Entertainment, Education, Summer Camps, Birthday Parties, Health and Wellness, Vacation Destinations and more. Last years expo had over 150 vendors and 16,000 attendees.


As always, the first 3000 attendees receive a Free Goodie Bag filled with T-shirts, samples, coupons, and free ticket offers. All attendees are encouraged to visit our sweepstakes booth. There is no fee to enter and winners do not need to be present to win exciting prizes like All Terrain Vehicles, Scooters, and Maru Dolls. Once inside the Expo, kids can participate in free activities like climbing rock walls, riding the Ferris wheel , or even making their own music video. Live performances take place on the main stage all day long and free samples are passed out at various booths.


Don’t miss Kids Expo 2015 taking place on March 28 and 29, 2015 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem (I-80 and Harlem.)


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