Category: Living in Chicago

Being a West Loop/Little Italy Mom

After living in the western suburbs my entire life, my husband finally convinced me to make the move to Chicago -- I am so thankful. I love living and raising my family in Chicago. After five years in the West Loop, we moved a few blocks away to Little Italy in 2009 and started our family. Although these neighborhoods are right next door to each other, the community feel is vastly different - each offers so much uniqueness.

What do I love about my neighborhoods?!? Let's start with the West...

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Frequently Un-Asked Real Estate Questions

I get all sorts of questions from people trying to sell their property. Unfortunately, a lot of the most important questions go unasked. Here are a few. 

What would be a quick sale list price, and what would be a list price that I can try to get the most value out of my property?

When sellers want to list their property they each have different goals in mind.  People may decide to move for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s more important to sell the property quickly and other t...

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM by Neil Hackler

Fall French Market Returns


Tucked away in the heart of north Lakeview lays one of the most diverse and culturally rich Chicago communities – the Lycée Français, Chicago’s French International School. Every year, Lycée parents bring a piece of Paris to Chicago, opening the doors to their school community and inviting food-loving, fall-shopping neighbors citywide to partake in the perfect fall fête, a French Market for all ages.

Those of us out there mourning the loss of weekly summer city neighborhood festival...

Posted on November 08, 2013 at 7:07 AM by Lara Raynaud

Vibrant Cultures in Chicago: Germany

Cultural Care Au Pair is back to bring you some great ways to immerse your family in the vibrant cultures Chicago has to offer.  Last month we introduced you to Chicago’s Mexican heritage in Pilsen. This month we take a trip to Germany to celebrate all that it has to offer!

The changing leaves, cooler temperatures and harvest season remind me of the German specialties of beer and brats!  As a Wisconsin native myself, where there are many residents of German descent, I have not been to ...

Posted on November 06, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

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