Being an Andersonville Mom...

When my husband and I bought our condo seven years ago, kids were the furthest thing from our minds.  Now with 2 year old twins we are finding that there are so many family-friendly reasons that our neighborhood rocks.  When I was asked to write a blog about why I like being a mom in Andersonville it didn’t take me long to create a list.  Chicago is a great place to raise a family and each neighborhood has something unique to offer families.  Here are the family-f...

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Dana Wurzburger

Perks! 15% Off Tickets for Stages, Sights & Sounds

Stages, Sights & Sounds is Chicago’s only international children’s theater festival. Stages, Sights & Sounds brims with possibilities, offering lively theatrical and hands-on experiences for every age. You can see performers from faraway countries and also discover Chicago gems. You can find inspiration in stories classic and new told through puppetry, theater, words, and pictures. This year they are celebrating their 15th year of presenting fresh, original pe...

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 6:43 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN's Online Silent Auction Guide to Bidding

The Biggest NPN Shopping Event of the year is open for PREVIEW!  Bidding opens May 1st and closes at 9pm CST on Sunday, May 4th.

Once you've had a chance see our nearly $100,000 in goodies for Chicago families, make sure to place YOUR maximum bids online!  We know how crazy life can get - set your max bid and rest easy.  You can stop back in and visit "your items" or check your email notification to make sure you are still in the lead.

How To Bid:


Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Colleen Pellissier

Make a Deal to Be Safe this Spring Season

As the season turns towards warmer weather, families will traditionally store away their winter gear and re-organize with some old-fashioned spring cleaning. These clean-ups typically mean spring is also yard sale season, an excellent time to find great prices on interesting items. However, we here at KID want to remind you not to bargain with product safety, and keep an eye out for dangerous, recalled products. Use our handy Yard Sale Safety Checklist as you prepare to buy or sell, and he...

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Perk Tuesday! A New School In Town!

Songbird Academy is a developmentally focused early childhood education center nestled between Lakeview’s Southport Corridor and The Belmont “L” station. Our Boutique location offers five small classrooms servicing ages 3 Months to five years.

Join us on April 26th 8AM-12PM for our toddler open house. Register your 2 year old at our open house and we will waive the enrollment fee & 1st weeks tuition! RSVP to Amy,

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 6:05 AM by Ellie Ander

FREE Membership to Any Chicago Athletic Club with a New or Renewed NPN Membership

NPN is still the place to go for everything baby, kid, family, and parent-related! But this time, besides a year of NPN's unique membership benefits, we have an extra bonus for you!

Join NPN or renew your membership between April 1 - April 30 and receive a 1-month family membership valid in any Chicago Athletic Club location!

1 Month All Access CAC Family Membership includes up to 2 adults and children and must be redeemed by 7/15/14 (new CAC membe...

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Shop, Discover, Save! NPN Silent Auction


NPN’s Online Silent Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Over 400 fantastic items for the whole family! We have so many exciting and new things this year....Cubs tickets, strollers, spa packages, tons of kids classes, adult lessons, and SO MUCH MORE.....

Here are a few of my favorite things:

Speed and red light cameras have you down? We've got you covered with legal services from James A. Shapiro for traffic ticket representati...

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Colleen Pellissier


The most surprising lesson I learned from toddlers was the importance of listening. When I first started working in early intervention speech therapy, I thought that I needed to constantly bombard the child with language. In graduate school, we learned that toddlers needed a lot of language models. We needed to use self-talk (talking about what we were doing) and parallel talk (talking about what the child was doing). During speech therapy sessions, I talked and talked and talked. But, I d...

Posted on April 09, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Anna Rooney

Perks! The best deal for health and wellness!

Swedish Covenant Hospital $10 off Dinner at ARTango Bistro with the Dermatologist April 23, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Join Dr. Emily Rubenstein, a dermatologist with the Swedish Skin Institute at Swedish Covenant Hospital, for a revealing look at ways to protect your skin and maintain a balanced complexion. Enter discount code NPNDerm at online checkout. REGISTER HERE.

Galter LifeCenter is Chicago’s leading medical fitness center that offers a range of...

Posted on April 08, 2014 at 6:54 AM by Ellie Ander

Dear New Mom,

You can do this. It's going ot be hard, you're not going to sleep and it'll probably be weeks before you can find the time to get your nails done again. That's ok. I've gathered my top ten things that helped me through the thoughest of my son's first few months. 

10. Get out of the house. Go to a restaurant while your baby is still napping a ton and relatively unstructured. Once your kid starts crawling, all bets are off and you won’t be able to it ag...

Posted on April 04, 2014 at 8:30 AM by Christa Reed