Category: Living in Chicago

My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Andersonville

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Andersonville with Robin - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

After living in Wrigleyville for 6 years, I moved to Maryland for love.  My husband and I moved back to Chicago about 5 years ago settling in Andersonville.  When living in Wrigleyville, I thought any thing north of Irving Park was ...

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Robin Brannigan

You know you have a city kid when - Big vote!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their awesome NPN City Kid (& Baby) Photos!  We received so many awesome photos - it was not an easy decision.  Each one reminds us how awesome Chicago is and how much cooler our little urban dwellers make it.

Please visit our NPN Facebook page to check out more of our favorites.  Vote and help us pick the winning NPN City Kid photo before 9/5! The winner will be published in our winter issue of NPN Parent to Parent.  The perfect keapsake for any NPN...

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Beverly

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Beverly with Katrina - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

My husband and I moved to Beverly in 2005, a year before our first child was born. We wanted a yard and good schools, and we wanted them for a good price. As a former Northsider, I had always thought that anything south of Hyde Park was...

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Katrina Pavlik

You know you have a city kid when...Big Britax Giveaway!

Chicago parents love taking their little ones all over the city - by car, train, bus, and lots by little feet. It is amazing watching them become true city kids. Britax is helping us celebrate our lovable City Kids! THREE winners will get to CHOOSE the right Britax Car Seat for their City Kid! Giveaway details below - ends Aug. 25.!

NPN"s Discussion Forum has great posts like "I know my kid is a city kids because". Here are a few LOL quotes from our city kids:

says "taxi" as one of t...

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Edgewater

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Edgewater with Melissa - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

I’m a big fan of living in Edgewater.  I can happily spend the entire weekend without leaving the neighborhood.  My family – and neighbors - can walk to pretty much anything we want to in this dense, diverse and culturally-rich north ...

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Melissa Samuels

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Albany Park

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Albany Park with Elisa - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

When my husband and I moved to Albany Park, I was eight months pregnant with my first daughter. We had to get out of our dark, rundown apartment in East Rogers Park. We spent several months looking at condos in our price range all ove...

Posted on August 09, 2011 at 1:00 PM by Elisa Drake

My Neighborhood: Family fun in North Center

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  North Center with Jay - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

With baby #1 on the way, my husband and I knew we had outgrown our Lincoln Park condo. When friends suggested we head a bit north, I was torn. Did life really exist north of Addison? Well, I’m happy to report- it certainly does! We’ve ...

Posted on August 02, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Potluck Playground Playdate

Hello Chicago Families & Friends-

Let me guess, you can’t believe it is already August! Where has the summer gone?

You also have a list of friends that, like me, you promised to get together with and still have not seen! Sound familiar?  So, let’s all make a Summer Resolution and get those friends together by planning a Potluck Playground Party!

Start by picking an easy local park or tot lot. I love the little one at the end of my street.  It has picnic tables, water founta...

Posted on August 01, 2011 at 8:30 AM by Anne Book

Getting Outside: Urban Tyke Hike

With playgrounds, parks, museums and libraries at our fingertips, we city dwellers are lucky that we don’t have to travel far to enjoy engaging activities with our kids.

But what about when you have only 30 minutes, you’re not motivated to load everyone in the car, or you want your little ones to burn off some energy before naptime? Consider an urban hike, beginning right outside your door.

Almost immediately after learning to walk, our son began asking to “walk on feet.” I love th...

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM by Rachel Kramer

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Independence Park and Old Irving Park

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Independence Park & Old Irving  Park with Cyrus - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

When my wife and I moved to the Independence Park neighborhood 4 years ago we had yet to start our family and weren’t sure how easy it would be to transition to a new part of the city so far removed from o...

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM