Category: Living in Chicago

Why I didn't move after a nearby shooting

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I remember it being a relatively uneventful Monday afternoon at work when this sobering message from 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman hit my inbox:

“According to the Chicago Police Department, at approximately 10:30am today, there was young man shot on the 900 block of West Buena Avenue. The victim was approached by two offenders and was shot in the chest. Police say he was taken immediately to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he is undergoing surgery...

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 11:59 AM by Matt Beardmore

13 signs you might be a Chicago mom

Our friends at the Huffington Post wrote a great list, 13 Signs You Might Be a Suburban Mom. We couldn't get away without creating one of our own about Chicago moms, too!

So, you might be a Chicago mom if... 

1. You know how to navigate public transportation with a diaper bag and a stroller. Oh, yeah, and a child. 

2. Sometimes you get lost in Whole Foods, for hours. 

3. You purge your baby stuff, almost immediately. Who's got the room for it?

4. You are flexible. If there ...

Posted on June 02, 2016 at 2:00 PM

5 family-friendly Midwest vacation spots you can drive to

Photo: South Haven, Michigan


You know the saying “Midwest is best?” Well, if you ask me, the Midwest truly shines in the summermonths…the glistening lakes, wealth of greenery, and tons of unique places to relax and unwind. It’s a complete 180 from the harsh winter months that we suffer through.


That’s why we always plan a Midwestern summer family vacation. We can avoid the drama and expenses involved with an airline flight, support local businesses and keep our money in th...

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM by Amanda Simkin

Summer camp teaches kids life skills |



Summer camp is more than just fun! A great day camp teaches children life skills in a safe, fun and loving place. A well-run day camp provides campers with a host of emotional, social and physical benefits, as well as myriad experiences and opportunities that they might otherwise not have. By forming a bridge between school years, camp allows children to continue learning and growing in new and exciting ways.

While at camp, children find themsel...

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 2:32 PM by Lani Gerszonovicz

The pros and cons of moving to the suburbs

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You know that commercial where the guy is like, "I'm never getting married." He gets married. Then he says to his wife, "We're never having kids." And then they have kids. And then he says, "We're never moving to the suburbs." And they obviously move to the suburbs. Yeah, that was kinda me. Not so much the marriage and kids part, but I definitely thought I'd never move to the suburbs. ***Cue all the suburbanites laughing at me in unison.***

My husband and...

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM by Lauren Plotkin

Bid on date night ideas & Chicago restaurants |

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Has it been awhile since you last had a date night with your partner? (Note: PTA meetings don't count.)

Let NPN's Online Silent Auction help you out! Our auction, open for bidding now through May 1, is full of fun date night ideas and gift certificates to some of the city's best restaurants. Not only that, but you can also bid on babysitters to watch your kids while you go out on the town! 

Here are some of our favorite date-night ideas up for b...

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM by Laura Baginski

Create your own Pillow Fight Day with your family |

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International Pillow Fight Day (yes, this is a thing) was April 2, 2016, and Chicago was woefully unrepresented.

While people in cities all over the world—from Tallinn, Estonia to Sydney, Australia to Atlanta—were gathering in public squares to joust each other with soft, fluffy rectangles, Chicagoans just went about their business, oblivious to the fun they were missing out on. 

Luckily, there is no rule tha...

Posted on April 05, 2016 at 8:01 AM

Vinted Kids online resale shop launches in Chicago |



Vinted Kids is a new online marketplace to sell the kids’ gear your family has outgrown and to buy the big ticket baby and kids items you want without the big price tag. It's an offshoot of the Lithuanian peer-to-peer preloved marketplace, Vinted.


Vinted Kids chose Chicago as its first U.S. launch city! Learn more about Vinted Kids from Kristin Cheuvront, a local ambassador for Vinted Kids, below.


What is Vinted Kids?


Posted on March 25, 2016 at 11:56 AM by Sara Fisher

Why oh why are there tiny holes in my shirts? |

Yes, there's a looming CPS teachers' strike, and the presidential election becomes more farsical every day, but no one is talking about a very serious problem that's plaguing Chicago moms. No one, that is, except for NPN members.

That very serious problem? Those tiny holes that appear at the bottom of T-shirts, at the level of your jeans' button. What causes these vexing holes, which ruin our favorite T-shirts? Is it moths? Seat belts? Laundry detergent? Washing dishes? 

NPN member...

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 2:26 PM by Laura Baginski

The best kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago

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When someone asks whether a restaurant is "kid-friendly," that's often code for: "How tolerant is the staff about my kid throwing his chicken fingers on the floor just for kicks, escaping his seat to take a lap around the restaurant and having two meltdowns before the appetizers arrive?" But beyond being understanding that kids will be kids, kid-friendly restaurants also have a menu filled with things kids will like, plenty of highchairs and booster seats, s...

Posted on March 04, 2016 at 1:18 PM by Laura Baginski