Halloween Traditions Around the World

One of the best parts of October is celebrating Halloween! In the U.S., Halloween means costumes, candy and creepy décor! But other cultures celebrate this holiday differently. Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to share Halloween from around the world.


In China, the Halloween festival is call Teng Chieh. The Chinese place food and water in front of pictures of deceased family members and in the meantime, bonfires and lanterns are lit to light the paths of t...

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

You went to the School Fair. Now what?

So, you've had a few days since the Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair to decompress. Now what? Your search most likey will not stop now. Here are some additional tidbits you should consider. 


Use NPN's school directory and create a My Directory in your NPN Account. You can customize your search, narrow it down, save a list and even take a look where the schools are on a Google map. This is the ONLY comprehensive directory in Chicago. Use it! ...

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Discount! $15 tix to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize...

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 6:29 AM by Ellie Ander

Calling All Expectant Moms!

We know that being an expectant mom can be stressful and often full of anxiety. NPN is dedicated to connecting you with the resources you need to make navigating becoming a parent in the city just a little easier. We have got so much available to you this fall! Check out some of our hottest events!

What to Expect When You're Postpartum @ Bubbles Academy on October 22 @ 7pm

What To Expect When You’re Postpartum will answer many of the questions you may have about thos...

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Christa Reed

School Fair - Know Before You Go

The NPN Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair presented by Bright Start College Savings is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sat. October 18th, in order to have a great school search experience.


Check out the Exhibitor List to see who will be exhibiting. 

Create your "Must-Visit" list of exhibitors. ***Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this wi...

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

The Basics of CPS Preschool Programs

If you’re thinking about CPS as an option for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is now.  There are different options available, with programs housed in select public elementaryschools across the city.  Most have already begun providing tours and scheduling open houses.  It’s always best to call each school you are interested in to get the details on how to apply and/or get on their waitlist; some programs have not yet determined the number...

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM by Didi Lewis

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Head on Down to Chinatown

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on international adventures without leaving the city limits! We encourage Chicago-area families to take advantage of the many diverse neighborhoods and cultures right here in our hometown.  In this post, we invite you to travel to the south side of the city to experience Chinatown!

Greeted by the Nine Dragon Wall and the Chinatown Gate, you and your children will be excited to learn more about Chinese cu...

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Perks! Newbie or Expecting? These are discounts just for you!

Meez Meals makes it easy to cook delicious dinners from scratch.  They deliver all the ingredients for healthy, delicious dinners prepped and ready to cook. No commitment. No membership. Just the magic of a home cooked meal. Special offer: Try a meal, absolutely free. Offer info.

Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley: Don’t forget about establishing or updating your estate plan to provide for your new addition. NPN Members already get 15% off estate plan...

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 6:17 AM by Ellie Ander

Chicago Children’s Theatre is Making Theatre Accessible to All Children

Since its inception, Chicago Children’s theatre (CCT) has been devoted to making theatrical programming accessible to all children. By offering a wide array of classes, camps and scholarship programs, CCT has opened the theatrical door to many children who would otherwise be closed off to it. In an effort to continue its commitment to serving all children CCT offers three types of access performances for some of the main stage productions. These specially tailored performances direct...

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Julie Ramirez

NPN Discounts! Door to Door Organics Grocery Delivery

Have better things to do than go to the grocery store this weekend? Let Door to Door Organics deliver a box brimming with farm-fresh organic produce and curated natural, local groceries to your door each week. Shop online in minutes and say good-bye to parking-lot angst, checkout-line waits and junk-food siren calls. Even better: there’s no charge for delivery. Boxes start at $26.99, but get $10 off your first order with code NPNCHI1415H1.

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Posted on October 09, 2014 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander