Posts from: September 2013


The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is the largest science Museum in the Western Hemisphere—and it’s right here in Chicago! If you haven’t checked out MSI in a while, or even if you have, there is always something new to discover and great family memories to be made. In addition to the countless iconic favorites at MSI—the U-505 Submarine, the Coal Mine and the Baby Chick Hatchery—here are just a few other suggestions for what to check out at MSI this fall:

Explore 80 Years of Inn...

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Beth Boston

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (September 30-October 6)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:


- Fri, Oct 4, FREE Spanish Playdate @ Language Stars

- Sat, Oct 5, Spanish Language Class and Play Date @ Language Stars

Discounted & Open to the Public:

- Thurs, Oct 3,  Play Date @ Kid's Island Play...

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Becky Reno

Ch-ch-ch the NPN leadership team

Summer is winding down (even though fall is not quite yet in the air), kids are back in school, and NPN's fiscal year is coming to a close. WIth the change in seasons, the NPN leadership team is continuing to grow & expand. We're gearing up to offer even more amazing resources and programs to Chicago families, and thank our wonderful community for supporting us this past year as we've been able to deliver:

New & improved Discussion Forum

New & expanded Parent to P...

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM by Melanie Schlachter

Common questions in today’s real estate market

What is going on in the Chicago real estate market?

The real estate market from 2012 to 2013 has truly switched gears.  The inventory of homes on the market is much lower than it has been in years, with fluctuating interest rates (though still low). Many buyers are trying to take advantage of these low rates by looking to buy now. As such, many properties are being listed and going under contract in less than a week, sometimes within a day or two. More and more, we’re seeing multiple o...

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Neil Hackler

NPN Perks! Bonus Family Discounts!

In case you missed NPN’s Stollers First 5K & Festival – we wanted to share these fantastic special offers with you!

Growing Smiles Children’s Dentistry specializes in pediatric dentistry in a fun, safe, encouraging, and family-friendly environment. OFFER: Bring your child for a new patient exam and receive a complimentary cleaning and fluoride treatment. (2 years or younger, expires 12/31/13).

Cultural Care Au Pair Au pairs provide up to 45 hours of childcare for just $355/week...

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 6:09 AM by Ellie Ander

When your child says "I'm bored"

Children spend much of their time either being entertained or in scheduled activities.  Structured activities such as day care, school, camp, classes, sports and other activities involve adults providing the format and directions.  Increasingly, downtime involves electronics and screen time where children are plugged in being entertained and stimulated by something other than their own imagination.  Children today have fewer opportunities to sit in solitude, to daydream, to use their imagi...

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Karen Jacobson

NPN Perks! Discounts for New and Expecting Parents

As you prepare for a new little life in your world, so much changes. See below for discounts and ideas to help ease into this new life phase.

Dotzler Law Planning for your family should be simple, accessible and personal. We’ll get to know you, your family and financial situation and work with you to put a plan in place that meets your needs and goals. NPN Members receive a 10% discount off any Estate Planning package. More info.

Sharp Mamas offers customized in-home prenatal and p...

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:39 AM by Ellie Ander

Experience culture in chicago: Pilsen

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on an international adventure without leaving the city limits! This is the first in a series of monthly blog posts highlighting cultural experiences in the city. 

I love Chicago for so many reasons, the warm people, the delicious food, but most of all the special neighborhoods that honor different cultures and heritages.  I can’t get enough of Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown and more!  Here in Chicago, we have ...

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (September 23-29)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:

- Tues, Sept 24 - Moms in Business - Mini Bazaar @ Kids' Work Chicago

- Tues, Sept 24 - Moms Over 35 Book Club @ Member's House

Discounted & Open to the Public:

- Tues, Sept 24, Fine Family Food & Free Legal Ad...

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Becky Reno

#ChevySafe: 5-Point Checklist for Car Seats

Courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide

One in four parents and caregivers responding to a Safe Kids Worldwide survey said they have driven without making sure their children are safely secured in vehicles. The report, funded as part of a $2 million grant from the General Motors Foundation, is based on a national online survey of more than 1,000 parents and caregivers of children ages 10 and under. As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, we want to share a car seat check list so you c...

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Bethany Weis