No matter how hard you try to get your family packed and to the airport on time, there are always bumps in the road. (Rule No. 1: Never, ever leave Mr. Loveybear behind.)
Make a smoother trip with Going Green Limousine. The family-run company sends a chauffeured limo, SUV, or sedan to your house to whisk you to your destination without hassle.
Along with being ecofriendly (SUVs and sedans are hybrids, and a portion of every limo fee is donated to Chicago Gateway Green), the company offers kid-friendly amenities like car seat rental and airport arrival assistance (you juggle the kids; they handle the luggage).
To avoid Are We There Yet Syndrome, all vehicles have CD players and some are equipped with DVD systems (Elmo, Kipper, and Curious George discs are on hand). Ask for the Ford Escape with duel headrest monitors and headsets, so two kids can watch different programs simultaneously — allowing you to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Going Green Limousine (773-295-5959 or goinggreenlimousine.com). Airport trip fees start at $42; charter service fees to other locations start at $60 per hour. Car/booster seat rental starts at $5.
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Neighborhood Toy Store Day
What: Local mom-and-pop shops are so important that The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association created an entire day in their honor.
Why: Lots of fun and games in store, like an Elmo appearance at Building Blocks Lakeview and donations (10 percent of proceeds) to a local school at Building Blocks Wicker Park.
When: Sat. Building Blocks locations open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: To find a participating store near you, go to astratoy.org. Building Blocks Lakeview, 3306 N. Lincoln Ave., at School St. (773-525-6200); Building Blocks Wicker Park, 2130 W. Division St., b/t Hoyne Ave. & Leavitt St. (773-235-1888).
What: It’s the 200th anniversary of showman P.T. Barnum’s birthday. Wild animals, trampoline jumpers, contortionists, and trapeze artists rise to the occasion.
Why: Watch the “strongest man on earth” lift more than 1,200 pounds.
When: Thru Nov. 28.
Where: Allstate Arena (thru Sun.), 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., at Lunt St., Rosemont; United Center (thru Nov. 28), 1901 W. Madison St., at Damen Ave. Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $13-$90.
Photo: Courtesy of Going Green Limousine
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