Real Chicago Moms: Meet Mary W.

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Mary Whalen is a stay-at-home mom to two preschool-aged daughters and has a background as a technical writer and training developer.  Last year she decided to start AH Moms, an online community for moms in the Chicago northwest suburbs. “When I was a new mom, I was lucky enough to meet a group of women who’ve supported me throughout this journey, and I want others to have the chance to do so as well,” Whalen says.

Arlington Heights Moms

Since the site started, over 500 members have joined to find moms groups, post questions and share tips, and share information on activities, programs, and resources for kids. AH Moms is open to any mom who has young children and to local businesses who have programs, activities, or events for kids. The site is free to join. For further information, visit ArlingtonHeightsMoms.com or find them on Facebook as Northwest Suburbs Moms.

Mary’s Family Travel Tip

“Make sure that the kids are well rested before a long car trip.  If the kids end up staying awake but are tired, you might be in for a rough ride!”

Mary’s Top 3 Family-Friendly Chicago Destinations

  • Wagner Farm (Glenview) [http://www.wagnerfarm.org/] – Kids love visiting the animals, playing on the farm equipment, and doing the interactive exhibits in the Heritage Center.
  • Mary Knoll Park (Glen Ellyn) [http://www.gepark.org/par_Maryknoll.htm] – This is a park where you can spend the whole day.  As well as a playground, Maryknoll has a splash park, large sand and water play area, and zipline.  The picnic shelter and concessions make it easy to grab a bite to eat, and restrooms are close to everything.
  • Jumps n’ Jiggles (Elk Grove)  [http://www.elkgroveparks.org/pavilion.asp?id=1971] – This park district playplace has two rooms:  an indoor playground with equipment for toddlers to grade schoolers, and a carousel room with a merry-go-round.  The cost is just $3.50/child to play and have unlimited carousel rides.

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