Author - Amy Johnson

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Director of Volunteers for NPN, Amy became a member in 2006 shortly before her first son was born. Prior to working for NPN, she volunteered by co-chairing the West Town Club and hosting a New Moms Group. Amy is active in her school community and serves on her Local School Council. Amy loves raising her kids in the city and exploring Chicago with her family and friends. She especially loves working and playing with NPN's amazing network of families and volunteers.

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Oct. 22-28)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!

FREE & Open to the Public:

- Oct. 23, Moms in Business - Retail (Bricks n Mortar) Lunch Chat @ Angelina Ristorante (lunch costs extra)

- Oct. 25, Attorney Moms - Happy Hour @ Rivers (drinks cost extra)

- Oct. 26, Dads - Pizza &...

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM by Amy Johnson

Family & Grown-Up City Fun - What to do this week in Chicago (Oct. 15-21)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!

FREE & Open to the Public:

- Oct. 16, Lil Sluggers North Center FREE Demo Class @ Welles Park (FAMILY FUN)

- Oct. 17, Working Moms Group Casual Lunch @ Med Kitchen (JUST FOR MOMS)

- Oct. 18, Picky Eater Playdate @ Little Beans ...

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM by Amy Johnson

Get to Know the NPN Adoption Group

The NPN social groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

The Adoption group is a great example of a social group that helps connect parents,and in this case, those who have adopted chidlren or are considering adoption.   Two amazing volunteers lead this group and together, they plan fun get-togethers.  We aksed one of the volunteers, Tammy, a few questions to help you get to know her and the group. 

You can join the ...

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM by Amy Johnson

Get to Know the NPN Dad's Group

The NPN social groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

Ian Smithdahl leads the Dad's Group and plans fun get-togethers every month!  Join him and other dads for a Spanish Playdate at Language Stars on Dec 17!

We asked Ian few questions to help you get to know him and the group.  Reach out to him directly with any questions or event ideas at dads@npnparents.org.  Look forward to seeing you soon!

Get to Know Ian:...

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM by Amy Johnson

Get to Know the NPN Westtown Neighborhood Group

The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

Marcie Wolbeck leads the Westtown Neighborhood Group and plans fun get-togethers every month!  Join her at one (or all) of the upcoming events, including the Pump it Playdate on Nov 29, Kid City on Dec 5 and the Kookaburra event on Dec 14.

We asked Marcie a few questions to help you get to know her and the group.  You can always reach out to her directly ...

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:30 AM by Amy Johnson

Get to Know the NPN Portage Park & Old Irving Parg Group - Part 2

The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

The Old Irving Park-Portage Park Neighborhood Group covers two distinct neighborhoods. Last week we put the spotlight on Lisa, one of the volunteers of the group who lives in Portage Park.   We turn our attention this week to the the husband and wife volunteer team of Cyrus and Katie Clausen who live in Old Irving Park.   Together, these volunteers plan fun g...

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM by Amy Johnson

Get to Know the NPN Portage Park & Old Irving Park Neighborhood Group

The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.  Three amazing volunteers, Lisa Falconer along with Cyrus and Katie Clausen, lead the Old Irving Park – Portage Park Neighborhood Group and plan fun get-togethers every month!  Join them at their upcoming event on Nov 19 for a baking class the whole family will enjoy!

We asked Lisa a few questions to help you get to know her and the group.  You can always rea...

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 9:15 AM by Amy Johnson

Get to Know the NPN Andersonville Group!


The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources. Two amazing volunteers, Robin Brannigan and Diane Ben-Avraham, lead the  Andersonville neighborhood group and plan fun get-togethers every month!  Join them at one (or all) of their upcoming events in November!  Take your pick from a playdate at the Swedish American Museum on Nov 10, Perpetual Motion bootcamp on Nov 12 or for a free Signing Time Class on Nov ...

Posted on November 01, 2011 at 12:30 PM by Amy Johnson

Out & About with NPN - August Events

Play, Connect and Learn with NPN!  One look at our August calendar and you will see tons of great events all around the city for you and your family or just for you.   Go to My Account to manage your mailing list preferences so you receive all the information and emails you need.  

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Aug 2:  Meet-up with neighborhood groups at the Tropicana OJ Express@ LP Zoo

Aug 13: NW Side Playdate @ Peterson Park Playground

Aug 19:  You and Number 2 @ Little Beans Cafe

Aug 20:  Hi...

Posted on August 05, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Great July Events Around the City with NPN

One look at our July calendar and you will see tons of great events all around the city for you and your family or just for you.   Go to My Account to manage your mailing list preferences so you receive all the information and emails you need.   Our events fill up fast and when you subscribe to a mailing list, you’ll be the first to receive event announcements.  

Just for New Moms, Expectant Parents and Second-time Parents:

July 13:  Bring your Baby to the Movie@ Showplace ICON The...

Posted on July 04, 2011 at 11:09 AM by Amy Johnson