Author - Christa Reed


Christa joined NPN while expecting her son in 2011. She comes to us with a passion for connecting local families and trying new things. Born and raised a Chicagoan, she considers herself a “lifer” and loves taking her toddler to the zoo and exploring new parks in the area. With ten years of media experience, she holds a degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Television Production and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.  She lives with her son, and husband in her dogs' East Lakeview home.  

5 Reasons to LOVE NPN in 2015!

What you probably already know is…Neighborhood Parents Network is dedicated to connecting families with the resources the need to navigate parenting the City. What you probably didn't know is that 2015 marks our 35th birthday. That's right, we've been around for longer than many of our members. We're blowing this one up and celebrating like every 35 year old should. We're bringing you amazing parties, workshops, play dates, discounts all over the city and so much more. Here are 5 reasons t...

Posted on January 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Holiday Drop-Off Lifesavers!

Do you have tons of stuff to get done before the holidays? Now you can shop, wrap and relax while the kiddos are in one of our favorite drop-off programs. 

Little Beans Café -  Drop and Shop Day Camp

Kids will play, take a class, do activities and eat lunch. This is run their camp leaders so it’s sure be lots of fun. Child must be 2.5-4.5 and potty trained.

Monday, Dec. 16th, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 10:00am-1:00pm

$35 per child (includes lunch)


Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Kiddos Sound Off: What are you thankful for?

I am endlessly thankful for the Volunteers and Staffers that make NPN THE greatest parenting resource in the City. But I wanted to know what their kiddos were thankful for, so we asked them. Here's what they had to say:

Abby (2):  "Pinecones and Raisins"

Alex (3): "Ice cream"

Evie (6): "That my parents have enough money for food and shelter...and hot dogs"

Leela (7): "I am thankful for family and friends"

Isaac (2):  "Nature Museum" (Peggy Notebaert)

Jett (7): "For ...

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Fresh from the Forum: My Morning Routine

Is your morning routine filled with utter chaos? Can't ever manage to get everyone out of the house on time? Desparate to make the process just a little bit easier? Do YOU need a nap by 9am? We feel you, and so do other NPN members. 

NPN's discussion forum has an awesome post with tips for an easier morning. Our members share their strategies on everything from where to put the baby when you're brushing your teeth to how to get clothes on the older ones a little faster. Check it out to...

Posted on November 01, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed