Chicago date-night ideas that go beyond dinner and drinks

If you're like me, date nights look something like this: drinks, dinner, repeat. My husband and I rarely plan ahead, opting to snag an OpenTable reservation somewhere interesting mere hours before the sitter arrives. A few weeks ago this consisted of an incredibly lucky last-minute opening at Parachute, followed by drinks at Ludlow Liquors. If you wind up at Parachute, don't miss its famous Bing Bread—crispy on the outside and loaded with potato, bacon and scallion. Slather on the sour cr...

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 5:03 PM by Jill Morowitz

NPN's Online Silent Auction guide to bidding

NPN's biggest fundraiser of the year, which allows us to continue to bring programming, events and school-choice help to Chicago parents, opens for bidding on Wednesday, April 18! Open to the public, our Online Silent Auction is bigger and better than ever, with nearly 500 items up for bid. 

Once you've had a chance see our $90,000+ in goodies for Chicago families, make sure to place bids asap! We know how crazy life can get—set your max bid and rest easy. You can stop back in and visi...

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 7:08 AM

What to expect from CPS notification letters

For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2018-2019 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!

Notification letters for preK–eighth grade will be released the afternoon of April 27. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to a...

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 12:06 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get 50% off summer nanny placement fee

*PARENT PERK BY COLLEGE NANNIES, SITTERS + TUTORS*

Summer is just around the corner. Are your childcare plans all set? A part-time or full-time summer nanny can help make this a fun summer for your kids and make this a stress-free season for you! We do all the work to find a god match with your family. Whether for before and after camp or for full days, a summer nanny can keep the kids engaged and active.  

College Nannies Sitters + Tutors is a full-service agency that can match you...

Posted on April 03, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% off STEAM summer camp for girls

*PARENT PERK BY INSPIRE GIRLS ACADEMY*

 

Inspire Girls Academy in partnership with Design Dance presents Inspire STEAM! This is an engaging summer day camp for girls 5-8 years old with fun-filled real-world exploration that opens their eyes to the world around them. STEAM concepts are discovered daily as a way of thinking, approaching problems, experimenting and finding solutions.

The girls will engage in weekly projects that range from how to harness the power to explore differe...

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 7:00 AM

How STEM camps fill summer learning gaps

*SPONSORED POST BY ID TECH*

You’re familiar with summer brain drain, right? Perhaps your community calls it "the summer slide" or chooses to combat it with programs boasting “summer brain gain,” or other fun plays on words. 

No matter how you refer to the phenomenon, it’s real. And when it comes to STEM, it’s a lot more prevalent than you may have originally thought. With such “summer learning loss,” kids leave school to enjoy their time off, and in doing so, leave their textbooks a...

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 8:35 AM

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at Cindy K. Campbell Law

*PARENT PERK BY CINDY K. CAMPBELL LAW*

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through May 15, 2018. 

Cindy K. Campbell works with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, and collaborative family law and mediation.

We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so that we can build relationships and continue to ser...

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

This is how to parent without guilt or anger & more 1-2-3 Magic tips

Anyone who is a parent knows that the job is tough. Really tough. If we moms and dads were really honest with ourselves, we'd have to admit that we had almost no idea what we were getting into when we brought that first baby home.

The old saying about kids not coming with a training manual is true. And the problem of "What do I do with this kid?" is intensified for parents in our contemporary rush-rush, worry-worry world. The problem is that when parents don't quite know what they're d...

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 7:07 AM by Thomas Phelan

Why I'm not saving for my son's college education

It was February 2016—less than three months before our son was born—when my wife and I attended NPN’s Preparing for Parenthood: Workshops & Expo at the Erikson Institute. Among the people we spoke with during that event was someone from Bright Start College Savings. As we flipped through the pamphlets on the table separating us from this man in a bright orange shirt, he explained how 529s (“tax-advantaged savings plans that help put money toward your future student’s education” if you...

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 1:03 PM by Matt Beardmore

4 great Chicago neighborhoods for families

*SPONSORED POST BY NEIGHBORHOODS.COM*

There are several reasons for young families to move: a new job, more space, a desirable school district, to be near family and so on. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider not only the home, but also the neighborhood that is best suited for your family. And while every family has distinct desires and requirements, there are some pretty compelling reasons why young families gravitate towards these four Chicago neighborhoods. 

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Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:13 PM