My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Kenwood & Hyde 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:  Kenwood & Hyde Park with Geri - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

Our family has spent the last ten years in and about the neighboring communities of Kenwood and Hyde Park.  The Hyde Park area spans north to 51st Street, south to 60th street, east to the lake and west to Washington Park. ...

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM by Geri Redd

Got 5 minutes? Get in a workout!

Being a relatively new business in North Center, we at Orange Shoe jumped at the opportunity to speak and share some fitness tips with the NPN Moms in Business event last week.  The event was themed around balance, so we addressed how physical activity and exercise can help you achieve balance physically as well as mentally and psychologically.  Also, since we all are busy folks, we offered some quick 5, 10 and 15 minute at-home workouts ideas. So for those parents who missed it, read belo...

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM by Orange Shoe Personal Fitness

Perk Reminder! Discounts on Family Dinners with Dream Dinners

Dream Dinners helps families manage dinnertime because they believe this is the hour that matters most!

"What's for dinner?" Dream Dinners answers that question for you. Their menu changes monthly and includes over 17 different recipes each month, along with additional pre-assembled dinners, sides, breads, and desserts ready for purchase while in the store. A wide variety of options means that there are plenty of meal choices to satisfy everyone in the family.

Give it a try - here ...

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM by Shellie Slove

Fresh from the Forum: Free Chicago Activities

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from apple picking to temper tantrums!

Recently one of our members compiled a list of free Chicago activites by day. The following is just a sampling of the many free and fun activities offered throughout the city of Chicago. Check out the full list on the discussion board! Post your own favorites if you don't see them listed!


10:00am - 12:00pm Family Preschool Program @ Garfield Park Cons...

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 6:40 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Open Books - a bookstore doing so much more!

Open Books is thrilled to be partnering with NPN and would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.  We are a nonprofit social venture that operates a bookstore, provides community programs and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.

Did you know that 53% of adults in Chicago have low or limited literacy skills?

It is a shocking statistic, and it is our mission at Open Books to inspire children and teens to learn the fundamental skills along...

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Curtis Flagg

Caring for Your Little One’s Eczema

I am a mom and know first hand about eczema problems.  My son presented with eczema before he was 12 months old.  Working in Marketing for Advanced Dermatology gives me an advantage to help my son. Here are some of the pearls of wisdom I’ve accumulated professionally and personally.

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin and with it comes dry, red, scaly patches that often itch. There are many types of eczema and the causes are diverse and include heredity, irritation, allergy, dryness ...

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 7:24 AM by Grace Federighi

Sep. 24 South Side School & Resources Fair

We are just days away from our newest addition to our NPN School Fair Season! South Side Parents (SSP), Hyde Park Parent Support Network (PSN), and Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) jointly present the South Side Preschool & Elementary School & Resoures Fair.

Join us for a one-day FREE event where you can make connections with more than 50 public/private schools, enrichment programs, family friendly businesses, and Chicago resources.  Open to the public.

WHAT: South Side Presch...

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Class Up Your Classes

Tired of the same old thing? Encourage your little one to try something new this fall with one of these fun classes.

While planning my two toddlers’ fall schedules, I found myself craving some variety. I wanted to see what the city had to offer my little urban explorers. Not surprisingly, Chicago is bursting with unique and eclectic classes for our wee ones to enjoy. Below are some of the diverse options I came across.


When researching new classes for your kids, don’t for...

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Some Parenting Perspective- Getting on the Same Page

When my children were younger and I was a stay at home mom, my husband worked long hours.  Every morning, he would kiss the boys goodbye and lovingly say, “Be good for Mommy.”  Then he was off, returning after bedtime.  For him, his exit was helpful and thoughtful.  For me, his words were like nails on a chalkboard. A million thoughts would run through my mind: “What did ’be good for Mommy’ mean?” “Wasn’t it unrealistic to think that little boys could be ’good’ all day?” “Was he telling th...

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 6:57 AM by Karen Jacobson

How to Help Prepare Your Toddler for School

So you have done your research, talked to fellow moms, attended the NPN School fair and still feel panicked about pre-school? Or maybe just wondering what will get your baby/toddler school ready? Surprisingly, the best enrichment activity is something you do every day - conversation! Speaking to your child, asking questions, responding to their statements, and using varied vocabulary, all provide a rich foundation for early literacy skills. In fact, early, frequent verbal interaction is th...

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM by Sara Sladoje