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 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

New Moms Groups - Advice, anxieties, and anecdotes

When my daughter was born I was more than a little freaked out.  She was a January baby.  Every season has its challenges from crazy heat to icy snowstorms.  For me, a winter baby seemed like the absolute worst – total isolation!  But now I know better – all new parents feel a bit trapped and clueless – you quickly learn you need to meet other new parents ASAP.  New parent groups are critical to survival.

As I get ready to host a New Moms Group tomorrow, I think back to my own NMG experien...

Posted on May 08, 2011 at 6:08 PM by Sarah Cobb

NPN Spring SIlent Auction - Must Visit for Chicago Parents

The Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago is holding their annual online silent auction right now!

Help us beat last year's goal of $15,000!  

Thank you to our sponsors and donors for generously supporting NPN and our Chicago parent community!  Our auction is spons

Thank you to our sponsors and donors for generously supporting NPN and our Chicago parent community. The auction is sponsored by Learning through Play, Lovebugs Preschool, and Orange Shoe Personal Fitness.


Posted on May 08, 2011 at 5:45 PM by Leslye Whittman

Get to know the incoming CPS CEO - Brizard


New CPS chief as teacher, principal

He will soon be in charge of all 675 Chicago public schools, but what was incoming CEO Jean-Claude Brizard like when he was a teacher and principal himself? Brizard spent 13 years at a struggling Brooklyn high school, starting out as a well-liked science teacher who was quickly promoted to assistant principal of George Westinghouse High School. In 1999, he was made principal and quickly charged with remaking the school to save it from closure....

Posted on May 06, 2011 at 2:04 PM by Crystal Yednak

Apr. 27 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. Starting with this first CPS board meeting preview, 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

The Chicago News Coopera...

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM by Crystal Yednak

Parent Perk Alert - Discounts on R&R!

It sure doesn't feel like summer yet. But rest assured the solstice is around the corner. Start your summer rest and relaxation a month early with these great Parent Perks discounts brought to you by the Chicago Humanities Festival and The American Club Resort Hotel at Kohler, Wisconsin.

Chicago Humanities Festival: Stages, Sights & Sounds - Save $10 off your ticket order to Kindur: The Adventurous Journey of Three Icelandic Sheep (ages 5 and up). Show dates are May 3rd through Ma...

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 9:28 AM by Ellie Ander

Chicago Humanities Festival - Upping the Ante

Don't miss our Kindur Ticket Giveaway - Read below & enter to win!!! Winners will be selected on Friday April 22nd. AND a special ticket discount perk just for NPN Members.

My son’s infinite capacity for curiosity is thrilling and scary. He is constantly upping the ante in his exploration of the world: before I can catch him, climbing to the top of the tallest playground slide at 18 months. At two, running into Lake Michigan’s waves no matter how many times they knock him down.


Posted on April 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM by Jara Kern

April Parent Perk Alert - Discounts on Babysitting!

As Parents, we all need a little free time. Check out this Parent Perk from K Grace Childcare and treat yourself to a date-night, or finally run those errands you've been putting off.

Choose Your Perk:

Take $20 off a single placement (generally $40)

Take $50 off each of your first three months of monthly services

Get a free month when you refer a monthly client (up to $100).  

Offers expire September 30, 2011. Contact K Grace Childcare at clientservices@kgrace...

Posted on April 08, 2011 at 9:53 AM by Ellie Ander

Spring Parent to Parent - Childcare

NPN's Parent to Parent is filled with the topics you need to navigate parenting in the city. Spring is all about Childcare, family relationships, and making the most of the city.  Download the full issue and get all of these great articles!  We want to hear from you - email us what you want to read more about! . 


NannyShare Chicago: By Sarah Davis, NPN member since 2004, Board member since 2009

If you are pregnant or have a newborn, you probably have heard about a N...

Posted on April 06, 2011 at 9:52 PM by Jill Chukerman Test