Category: Living in Chicago

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

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

5 Reason to Take Your Little Ones to the Nature Museum - PLUS GIVEAWAY

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the urban gateway to nature and science, is nestled in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Families are sure to be inspired with the Museum’s ability to foster an immediate connection to the wonder of nature and science. Inside the Museum’s walls -- and outside on our scenic, picturesque grounds –opportunities beckon to immerse yourself in nature’s daily wonders. Here are five “must see” stops while you are on site:


The Judy Istock B...

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Katherine Barnes

Chicago "spray" grounds! Get wet & cool down!

Spraygrounds!!! It's time to get wet! Here are some great “spray” grounds in Chicago where all ages will enjoy a little cooling off.

Adams Playground:

Where:  1919 North Seminary Avenue, just south of Armitage

The water details:  Adams has a very fun (but very slippery!) water playground area. There is a slide, sprayers, and other fun water play, and Adams supplies water toys (and you can bring your own) for play. Benches surround the water area for observing and there is usual...

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Strollers First 5K & Festival - Form a team!

Chicago & NPN Friends:

Did you know that NPN’s Strollers First 5K & Festival is Sunday Sep. 15th? That’s right! The Strollers First 5K & Festival is a beyond family-friendly race that includes a timed 5K run, 5K walk, all-ages kid’s dash, and a FREE family festival at Lakeshore East Park.  Lakeshore East Park is located east of Michigan Ave. and north of upper Randolph Street.  Runners and Walkers with strollers get to lead their own start times!  The family festival will r...

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Feel like a Chicago Tourist for FREE with your kids

This is the perfect time of year to spend the day as a tourist in your own city of Chicago!  Try this advernture with your little ones.

Attraction:  Millennium Park/ Target Tent/ Crown Fountain

Playgrounds: Lakeshore East Playground 

There is no better way to spend a summer day than at Millennium Park.  Here is how a typical day would work with my two girls and me. We would hop on the Brown Line el about 8:30am and get off at the Library Brown Line stop (it is the closest ...

Posted on August 09, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Summer isn't over just yet..... August camps that still have spots

August has arrived and we’re hitting that last stretch of summer; back-to -school sales are cropping up and nights are getting a little bit cooler. All of this might be happening but don't be fooled summer 2013 isn't over, just yet.

Like many parents I bet you planned and plotted a great summer to keep your kids entertained and out of trouble with activities, camps and vacation. But wait, you still have a few more weeks of summer left, so now what?!  If left to there own devices your k...

Posted on August 01, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Colleen Pellissier

5 Playgrounds Picks & Features to Explore (Get Wet!)

Temps are heating up and the water features are calling your little ones!  Are you ready to explore & play outside?  There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground.  NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.

5 Get-Wet Summer Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out even the hottest days!  

#1. Commercial Club Playground (1845 W. Rice St. (just n...

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

5 Playgrounds Picks & Features to Explore (no H2O)

Chicago - Are you ready to explore & play outside?  There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground.  NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.

5 Spring Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out those rainy day blues!  

#1. Portage Park Playground (4100 N Long Ave. (Central and W. Irving Park))

Check out: Canoe structures, “Kids Only” clubhous...

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Field Play for Turkey Day

This week, we will be exercising our mouths (eating lots of yummy food), and our patience (hanging with family and out-of-town guests), but what about our bodies? 

You don’t need a gym membership or an indoor play space to get moving over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Here are 5 fantastic Chicago playgrounds with large, adjacent green space for that game of football, tag, or any other all-family games you may play, perfect for all ages and ability levels.  AND bonus this year:  The Thanks...

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht