"It's got the opportunities of a big city with the friendly spirit of a small community," Liz Zorek says of Chicago. After giving birth to Marie, she left a corporate job to start a business as a children's photographer, and she loves being a parent in the Windy City.
Tour Guides: Liz Zorek, 33, with Anna, 2, and Marie, 6 months
The first-ever Ferris wheel debuted in 1893, at the Chicago World's Fair. To mark that, there's still a giant wheel you can ride on Navy Pier, which also houses the Chicago Children's Museum (free the first Sunday of every month).