Need a Playgroup for #2-why not hijack one?

When my daughter, Evie, was born in the winter of 2006, I quickly realized how isolating it can be to have a baby.  Add to that the fact that she was a spitter-upper, a loud crier AND it was a freezing cold February and I thought I was going to lose my mind!  Thank goodness for my NPN New Moms Group.  Meeting other women who were going through similar changes, challenges and successes saved me in many ways.  These women were integral to my survival for Evie’s first year and I love that I s...

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Portage 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: Portage Park with Lisa - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

My husband and I moved to Portage Park ten years ago, a good five years before we had kids.  We moved here because we liked the safe, quiet neighborhood, the affordable housing, the easy parking and the access to Metra and the Blue Li...

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM by Lisa Falconer

When children give back, Everyone wins

Chicago families share fantastic advice on how to navigate parenting in the city in our NPN Parent to Parent Newsletter.  Thanks to Beth, our NPN New Moms Groups Manager, for this great article - here is a glimpse. Download the full NPN summer issue to read more! 

Since our daughter Evie turned three, we’ve been giving her an allowance for “helping out” around the house. Each Sunday we give her three quarters: one for her “spending jar,” one for her piggy bank and one for her “Tzed...

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 7:46 AM

And baby makes 4…how to adjust to being a family on the go with two in tow!

Since NPN was founded in 1980, Parent to Parent Newsletter has been a fun way for parents to share their advice on how to navigate parenting in Chicago.  Thanks to Cindy McCarthy, founder of, for this great article - here is a glimpse. Download the full NPN summer issue to read more! 

My hubby and I may have taken our own sweet time to have number one, but we didn’t waste any time having number two. We welcomed our second daughter less than 14 months after our fi...

Posted on July 06, 2011 at 8:44 PM by Cindy McCarthy

Great July Events Around the City with NPN

One look at our July calendar and you will see tons of great events all around the city for you and your family or just for you.   Go to My Account to manage your mailing list preferences so you receive all the information and emails you need.   Our events fill up fast and when you subscribe to a mailing list, you’ll be the first to receive event announcements.  

Just for New Moms, Expectant Parents and Second-time Parents:

July 13:  Bring your Baby to the Movie@ Showplace ICON The...

Posted on July 04, 2011 at 11:09 AM by Amy Johnson

Summer News for Expectant & New Parents

Baby on the way or brand new mom? Turn to NPN for the resources you need to get a handle on some serious changes heading your way. Happy 4th of July from all of us!

Sassy Moms Get Fit - use code NPNPerk for $10 off VIP tickets to these Sassy Moms in the City events with fitness guru & new mom Sara Haley (ltd. tickets available):

Fit & Healthy Moms-to-Be (7/12) - Pregnant and ready to take fitness to the next level

Sassy Moms Get Fit (7/14) - Tackle those last 5 po...

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Swim Lessons for Kids - Get what works!

Summer has arrived and with it comes frequent trips to the pool, beach, lake and water park.  As a dad of 2 little ones, I needed some expert advice on what to look for and expect when checking out swim lessons.  David Stephens, the Head Coach of the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club and Wolfpack Swim School, has some great advice for Chicago parents:

Can your children handle themselves in the water without a flotation device? In the U.S., drowning is the second leading cause of death amon...

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM by Matthew Van Tuinen

Top 10 Tips: Healthy Before & After Baby

Around the Bump: Tips for staying healthy during and after your pregnancy!  Thank you to everyone who attended our special 6/16 event for Expecting & New Moms at Soulistic Studio & Spa.  Soulistic Studio & Spa, as an added bonus, stretched us through the benefits of exercise and relaxation for pregnancy and post pregnancy.  Check out the photos (thank you Julia Franzosa) of our wonderful soon to be and new mommies in their beautiful space!


We spend quit...

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM by Jasmine Jafferali

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in the Southport Corridor

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: Southport Corridor with Megan - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

My eight years of Chicago living have mostly been spent around the Southport Corridor. The first time around, I had just graduated college and loved the energy and bustle of all of the restaurants, boutiques and yes, many bars....

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 6:16 AM

Playdate of the month: Fire up the 4th of July!

Welcome to NPNʼs first Playdate of the month!  Here are a few easy and fun ways to fire up your 4th of July!


Hosting playdates are not only a great way to keep your child entertained and to see their friends. They are excellent opportunities to instill basic concepts in your child giving them the opportunity to learn how to plan, purchase for, set up and host something fun! We thought creating a playdate of the month would be a great way to inspire fun, seasonal and themed activi...

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 8:55 PM by Anne Book