Author - Ellie Ander

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Ellie first became involved with NPN as a parent member in 2009 with the birth of her son, finding comfort in a New Moms Group. More than six years later her son and four-year-old daughter are certainly giving her a run for the money! And congratulations to the Ander family on the birth of number three! They welcomed another boy in June of 2015. Ellie enjoys family-time most of all, but never looses her connection with the grownup world via work, play and date nights with her husband. Ellie and her family can often be found strollering around and goofing off at local parks and restaurants.

NPN Exclusive Discount on Stages, Sights & Sounds presented by Chicago Humanities Festival

Stages, Sights & Sounds is Chicago’s only international performance festival for young audiences. Presented by Chicago Humanities Festival, these fresh, original performances from Canada, Europe, and even our hometown, Chicago, will delight children and adults alike. Join us for dozens of performances and hands-on experiences May 7-20, 2015.

NPN members get 15% off regular ticket prices to select performances* of The American Revolution (ages 10+) and Ondin (ages 3+). Hurry! Perfor...

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 6:27 AM by Ellie Ander

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, madness, murders, double...

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

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 available. N...

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

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 show-and-tell, and Johnny must ...

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

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 encouraged and lasting friendships ...

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

Have you tried same-day delivery with Google Express?

Google Express is new to the neighborhood. Now you can get everyday essentials and more, delivered direct to your home or office, same day. With stores like Costco, Treasure Island Foods, Toys"R"Us and more, you'll find everything you need – from tonight's dinner to tomorrow's art project. This way you can spend more time doing the things you love and leave the errands to Google Express.

NPN Member-only exclusive discount with Google Express: Enjoy $25 off your first order* and 3 month...

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 7:32 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Exclusive Discount: 15% Off 'Suite' Storage Solutions

My Storage Suite is a new, upscale, storage and services business located in the Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago. Their most common use-case is tenants seeking a convenient, climate controlled, clean space to keep things you're not comfortable leaving in a public storage facility or in the kennel cages many high rises offer tenants. They help people reclaim their lost living and closet space.

NPN members receive a 15% on all storage products offered for up to a year period. NPN Members clic...

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 7:06 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Member Discount: 15% Off Your Spring Break in Lake Geneva, WI

Start your spring with a splash at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark! For a limited time, enjoy 15% off great spring break rates* at Timber Ridge, the only all-season, all-suite destination of its kind in the Midwest. 

Featuring 50,000 square feet of year-round, indoor/outdoor waterpark excitement, Timber Ridge offers the Midwest's best four-season family adventure. Plus, with an arcade, kid-friendly food and access to all the great activities at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, you’re neve...

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 6:07 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Member Only Deals for You & Baby

Whether you are expecting or recently had a baby (congratulations!) NPN knows this is a busy and expensive time. Check out these NPN Member only discounts just for you! Please login to NPN to see all discount details & search the database for even more awesome discounts!

Step By Step Care Group is a full service therapy practice with highly educated and trained speech, occupational and physical therapists. NPN Members receive 15% off all new patient evaluations, 50% off every 4th t...

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 7:15 AM by Ellie Ander