NPN Continues to Provides Benefits to Chicago Parents Through Local Employers

CHICAGO, IL – Continuing to offer city parents the most valuable resources possible, Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN) is introducing a new partnership with Leo Burnett that will provide support for working parents in Chicago.  NPN has had workplace partnerships with local companies to provide them with discounted (or free) NPN memberships as a benefit to their employment since 2012. Chicago-based Leo Burnett, is the largest corporation to partner with NPN to date.
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Posted on April 20, 2015 at 7:38 AM by Christa Reed

Top Ten NPN Events this Spring

The weather is warming up and so is the NPN calendar. There is surely no shortage of things to do, so join us for some family friendly fun over the next few weeks!


4/16 - Mom’s Day/Night Out at vFish - Free & open to the public! Take a break, bring a donation, mix and mingle, find some great Spring apparel all while supporting NPN. 20% of all purchases go toward improving NPN’s programming.

4/22 - Baby Basics 101 – Free & NPN Members Only. Get a...

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 7:32 PM by Christa Reed

Run/Walk to Support Lurie Children’s Kids!

It's all about the kids! NPN is spreading the word about the Lurie Children's Run/Walk Sunday, May 17th. Join this important fundraiser and get moving today for the kids at Lurie Children's!


When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.

Where: Soldier Field (Stadium Green), 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

Parking: Available in the Waldron Lot for $20

Cost: Adults: $39, Child (3-12): $5, Toddler (2 & under): Free

Register here!

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Posted on April 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Exclusive Discount: Half-Price Tix to Your Next Date Night Activity

Try this fun and affordable date-night activity: The Theatre School at DePaul University presents The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, directed by Lavina Jadhwani.

The Duchess asserts her freedom of choice to marry whom she pleases, even if her beloved Antonio is “beneath her class.” Her brothers retaliate in protest and send their henchman, Bosola, to keep an eye on the Duchess. The result: a tragedy full of complex players, destruction, violence, greed, secrets...

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Waitlisted. Now what?

Rejuvenating your school search post admission decisions.

First things first- take a deep breath! Your child WILL be enrolled in school next fall. I promise.

You are on the waitlist of your top private or public school. What does that mean? I would recommend following up with the school directly to find out. Things to keep in mind:


Waitlist vs. Waitpool: A waitlist implies that there is a ranking. If it is a waitlist, can the school provide you with your child’s rank?...

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM by Erin Walsh

NPN Members Only Deals On Camp, Fitness and Wellness

Ever wonder if your membership is 'worth' it. We think so! Check out these NPN Member only NPN Discounts on Camps, Fitness & Health to keep us healthy from head to toe! Please login to NPN to see all discount details & search the database for even more awesome discounts!

POW! Kids offers fitness driven classes for kids that build strength, confidence and skills in a safe environment learning martial arts, boxing, self-defense and athleticism. Birthday party options...

Posted on April 07, 2015 at 11:50 AM by Ellie Ander

3 Green Things to Pack for Spring Break

April is officially here, which means I think it's safe to say Spring has arrived? April couldn't have come in with more of a bang, as the first weekend marks the beginning of holidays and Spring Break for many Chicago families. Before you head out the door with a million-and-one things in hand, here are some quick tips for greener traveling. 


1. We love multitasking products in our family as they save on weight, space and "schtuff" in general. snackTAXI ...

Posted on April 05, 2015 at 7:00 PM by Jenny Duranski

NPN Exclusive Discount: Half-price tix to Chicago Playworks!

The Theatre School at DePaul University's Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences presents The Day John Henry Came to School by Eric Pfeffinger, directed by Ernie Nolan. 

John Henry loves technology but doesn’t love doing his homework. If buttons and gadgets are not involved, he’s not interested. When his teacher, Mr. Gellert, is replaced by a mega-computer, Johnny couldn’t be happier. Then his steel-driving great-great-grandfather arrives for...

Posted on April 02, 2015 at 7:18 AM by Ellie Ander

Secrets to Getting the Best Deals at Consignment Events

Spring is here and my kids seem to grow as fast as the weeds.  All of the clothes from last year are outgrown and ready for a new home.  Fortunately, I have found a way to dress my boys in the best, while saving a ton of money; shopping a Consignment Event.  It only happens twice a year, but I stock up for the entire season and spend about what I would during a regular shopping trip.  With summer quickly approaching, I am looking forward to shopping at the Babies, Tots ...

Posted on April 01, 2015 at 1:42 PM by Kristin Myers

NPN Member Exclusive Discount: 15% off Movement, Music & Messy Arts

Away We Play offers a variety of children's classes. The curriculum is based on the best of early childhood education practices and philosophies. The relationship created between children and movement, music and messy art, will foster successful socialization and self-esteem. The nurturing environment will stimulate the emotional, physical and intellectual growth of your children. It's a place where they learn through “play” and where creative expression is en...

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 7:05 AM by Ellie Ander