Check NPN For Great Kid-Parent Things To Do

If you live in Lincoln Square, Northcetner, Ravenswood, Rosoe Village, or Lakeview, you'll want to check out the micro-focused on-line journals, Center Square Journal and Roscoe View Journal. Stay in the know about your local communities and learn about everything from things to do around town to local politics. NPN recently had the opportunity to post these journals about great stuff to do the month of June.

Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago’s 5,500 families know first-hand that...

Posted on June 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM by Ellie Ander

Summer Parent to Parent Newsletter is Here!

Now that summer has arrived with a bang, it’s time to take advantage of all our city has to offer. From produce picking to day trips, from urban hikes to adjusting to a new routine, parents just like you have ideas and thoughts to share in the new issue of Parent to Parent. Download to read more. (May take 1-2 minutes to complete.)

In this issue:

Cruise Out of Town—new ideas for family-friendly day trips

Apps for Kids of All Ages—one dad's tips for keeping kids entertained thi...

Posted on June 09, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Did you know: How to use "My Account" to maximize your membership

Did you know NPN is a non-profit that started in 1980 as a way to help new moms come together and get support from experienced city parents.  Today, we are not just about moms, but about dads, too. Our NPN's Dads Group is ready for summer and working on some great events.  Stop by these get-togethers with your little ones!

And speaking of groups, at NPN there is literally something for every parent whether you're looking for support on the discussion forum, a local neighborhood group t...

Posted on June 08, 2011 at 4:03 PM by Ellie Ander

Perk Alert! Discounts on Yummy Summer Food!

NPN Members! If you missed the Parent Perk Alert email that was sent out yesterday (June 7th) here's another chance to cash in on these great discounts on delicious eats.

Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks - Irv & Shelly provide year-round home delivery of local and organic food: produce, meat, dairy, eggs & more. Become a new customer at Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks by the end of June 2011 and you get 50% off our popular Veggie/Fruit Box! Pay just $18 for this $36 value. Use Cod...

Posted on June 07, 2011 at 3:36 PM by Ellie Ander

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Lincoln Square, Chicago

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.  First stop: Lincoln Square with Amy - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

I love living in Lincoln Square!  We have lived here for more than eight years and there is always something new to do or see. 

My boys always enjoy Tuesday morning trips to the farmer’s market (at 4700 N. Lincoln Ave.).  We’d s...

Posted on June 06, 2011 at 10:16 AM by Amy Johnson

Weigh in on budget cuts to education

As parents, we are faced with many “hot topic” issues dealing with raising our kids. While NPN does not take a formal position on advocacy issues, it is in keeping with our mission to provide a resource and forum for our members to share information and opinions on any “hot topics” that are relevant to raising children in the city.

The following statement was released by the Raise Your Hand Coalition regarding state budget cuts to education.

Visit the NPN Forum to join a discussion...

Posted on June 06, 2011 at 8:20 AM by Lee Haas

Bringing Back Recess to CPS Schools

As parents, we are faced with many “hot topic” issues dealing with raising our kids. While NPN does not take a formal position on advocacy issues, it is in keeping with our mission to provide a resource and forum for our members to share information and opinions on any “hot topics” that are relevant to raising children in the city.

The following development regarding the school recess issue was brought to our attention by the Raise Your Hand Coalition.

Visit the NPN Forum to join a...

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 9:40 AM by Lee Haas

May 25 CPS Board of Ed Meeting from CNC

NPN has partnered with the Chicago News Cooperative to help parents get answers to questions they have about Chicago schools.  CNC education reporters will contribute posts about how CPS works and what's happening at the board of education. CNC will also weigh in about state funding issues and trends in education. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to cyednak@chicagonewscoop.org. CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings.

Preview: C...

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM by Crystal Yednak

Memorial Day Kids Fun - Home or Away

Holiday weekends are something I always look forward to but every time they get close, we have the inevitable debate: 1) take advantage of days off and deal with holiday weekend travel chaos/price hikes OR 2) enjoy a long weekend in Chicago and play tourist/cruise ship director.

Either way – here are some great finds to help you make this Memorial Day weekend feel like you'll want to do it again:

TO DO

Kidgrade.com has some keeping it local ideas - 5 Family Friendly Memorial Day A...

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 9:28 AM by Sarah Cobb

Moms in Business - A Night of eating, drinking, laughing, & networking

May 16th was the inaugural meeting of Neighborhood Parents Network’s newest group, Moms In Business.  The group was the brainchild of Katherine McHenry, owner of Building Block Toys (one of my favorite kid-sized businesses in Chicago).  She wanted to create a way for mommy entrepreneurs and other moms in business to share best practices, connect and support each other and explore ways to be more successful in business and at home.

The event was fun, filling and fruitful.  I enjoyed see...

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM by Cindy McCarthy