Mommy Screen Time: Chicago Mom Bloggers to Put on Your Radar

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This is a city teeming with highly talented mamas. They work in and out of the home, cook, craft, PTA, keep the carpool ticking and the kids entertained—all with an upbeat attitude and their sanity intact. Mostly. Oh, and they blog, too. Whether you’re looking for practical parenting tips, honest product reviews, the neighborhood scoop or just a hilarious story or two, you’ll find a local blog worth bookmarking. Read on for a few of our favorite Chicago Mom bloggers to get you through the winter.

Second City Mom Leyla writes all about life in Chicago, from the perspective of a working mom. You’ll find urban highlights for what to do with littles around the city as well as off-the-beaten-path adventures.

730 Sage Street The mama behind this blog is Kim, a self-proclaimed health geek who doesn’t promote products that contain preservatives or GMOs. She loves to cook and share recipes (a large number being low carb and Keto), as well as workout routines.

A_dose_of_Melissa Wife and mom Melissa Diep is also an incredible photographer, which makes her Instagram a fun follow. She snaps pics of her family all over Chicago and shares relatable tales of momming three boys.

Making Time for Mommy Blogging mama Alicia covers a lot of ground with ease. She writes about frugal shopping, local events, homemaking, giveaways, recipes and her experiences with her two special-needs kids.

Mom and More A stay-at-home mom to three kids, Cher offers product reviews and giveaways because she wants to help others make educated purchases and save money. Also on her radar: tasty recipes, hot deals at local businesses and book reviews.

Toddling Around Chicagoland While looking for things to do with her boys, full-time mom Sarah was surprised at the lack of information. She started her blog as a resource for other Chicago-area parents to find fun local adventures.

Chicago Foodie Sisters Keep up with the adventures of two food-loving sisters as they share their culinary adventures. We like them for the wide variety of restaurants and events they report on, from the uber fancy to wear-your-flip-flops casual. And, they’re as friendly as they come.

West of the Loop Follow Emily on a journey through the ups and downs of parenting and feeding her family. She dishes techniques and recipes and makes a special effort to explore new ingredients. Also on her radar: books and fashion.

Chefdruk The talented mom behind this blog is a French foodie transplanted from the New York area to Chicago with her husband and four kids. She grew up in France, but has lived all over and her joie de vivre extends to her love of cooking and family fun. Look for easy and delicious recipes, travel adventures and musings on parenting. She hasn’t updated her blog in over a year, but her index of recipes merits a mention.

Momma Cuisine Johanna M. Cook hosts a food-related video series. Her site shows families that great everyday meals can be done with simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques. Check out her recipes (including special kid-friendly and gluten-free options), as well as parenting, healthy living, and home and garden posts.

The Night Owl Mama This blog is the place to go for no-holds-barred reviews and consumer tips. Blogger Tricia shares her opinions on products she and her family use, and also doles out advice on topics like recovering lost gift cards. Family photos and videos help you make a more informed decision about the way you shop.

Monstruitomom Check out “Little Monster Mom” on Instagram for adorable snaps of her kids, product recommendations, giveaways and DIY ideas. All of her content is written in both English and Spanish.

ChiIL Mama Bonnie is a bona fide culture vulture. She blogs about Chicago theater, multicultural events and live concerts. She also hosts giveaways and seeks out products and places of interest to tweens. Consider her the authority on the offbeat, alternative and eco-friendly.

This_lovely_life_of-mine Shannon is a mom and clothing designer with a goal to inspire you to create your own style, in an affordable way. Her Instagram is filled with design and style inspiration.

My Crafty Life Jen is a crafty, 30-something mom of three and wife of a truck driver. Her blog includes product reviews, giveaways, book reviews, recipes and crafts.

Clark and Stone The site that covers it all: fashion, food, lifestyle, travel and, of course, kids. This site is full of colorful and fashionable photographs, taken around the city, and insight on how this mom, Ceta Walters, has carved out a life for herself beyond parenthood.

My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings This blog is run by work-at-home mom Lisa, who lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two children. She started blogging to keep in touch with long-distance family and friends and learned she could help others with her experiences.

The Windy City Mama Jessica Roe chats about everything from must-know sales to recipes and motherhood to fashion trends. She hopes to inspire other young parents to savor the journey, while sharing her own experiences raising a family in the city.

Mom Fuse Jessica started Mom Fuse while she was pregnant and on bedrest with her twins in 2008. The blog quickly grew and today is a resource for recipes, honest reviews and fabulous finds. Jessica also strives to promote moms who own their own businesses.

Everything Erica Erica is your insider-y helpful hand in the world of food, children and family, health and fitness and travel. She made a move to Florida, but we’re keeping her on the list because once a Chicagoan, always a Chicagoan. And, she has amazing recipe ideas on her Instagram page.

The Working Mom’s Travels Francesca created her blog to share her travel experiences and prove it’s possible for a working mom to hit the road with her family in a meaningful way. When she became pregnant in 2008, she heard variations of the same sentiment: “Your traveling days are over.” Her blog proves this wrong and is a great resource for moms who love to jetset.

All Dressed Up with Nothing to Drink Creator Cheryl Leahy is a millennial mom living on Chicago’s North Shore doling out date night advice, party ideas, parenting tips and mom-fashion that’s too cool to really be considered mom-fashion.

Tiaras & Tantrums In addition to being a blogger, Theresa is a photographer, homeschooler, social media expert and self-proclaimed city girl. Her blog showcases her beautiful photography and her musings about the highs, lows and adventures of motherhood.

—Wendy Altschuler and Abigail Matsumoto

Featured photo: Sai De Silva via Unsplash

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