NPN members get 50% off assessments at Black Bear Academy


Black Bear Academy is open for in-person learning! In light of Chicago Public Schools’ decision to begin the new school year remotely, we are happy to share that BBA will be offering supplemental, in-person learning this fall. 

Our programming can enhance any school-delivered curriculum and enrich the learning experience with structured approaches to reading and writing. We offer small-class settings with certified teachers and flexible schedulin...

Posted on August 25, 2020 at 7:00 AM

These thoughtful gifts prove that showing you care doesn't cost a thing

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We’re all feeling the pinch. Whether you’re job searching or just unsure what the future holds, saving a few bucks here and there is very welcome these days. I like to advocate for recognizing folks with gifts, but those gifts don’t have to break the bank. These strange times have prompted me to think creatively and find a few zero-cost options to consider. 

[Related: How to celebrate kids' birthdays while social distancing]

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Posted on August 20, 2020 at 3:21 PM by Fiona Royer

NPN members get 12% off Brick Loot Box subscription


Join Brick Loot and get a monthly box filled with custom LEGO kits designed by famous LEGO designers, custom LEGO minfigures, as well as Brick Loot exclusives, accessories and more. Every month is a new theme with the hottest items you will not find anywhere else to add to your LEGO city.

Parents and grandparents love this one-of-a-kind box that was invented by a 9-year-old Chicago boy! Will you inspire your kids to think big?

NPN members get 12% off ...

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 7:00 AM

What I went through to become a single mother by choice

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My long-term relationship that had been fizzling for quite a while had finally snuffed out when it occurred to me that I should become a single-mother-by choice. I was always able to picture myself as a mother but the image of myself as a wife was hazy. Very willing to have the baby and not the man, I started to strategize on how to make that happen.

[Related: Organizing for single parents]



Posted on August 17, 2020 at 3:30 PM by Venus Brady

NPN members pay no fees for expert photography, virtual tour & floor plan


Considering the suburbs?

If you are thinking of making the trek from the city to the suburbs, you may be wondering, “Where do I even begin?” How do you choose between Darien and Downers Grove? Elmhurst and Naperville? Plainfield and St. Charles? There are so many great towns and cities in the western ‘burbs! But trying to narrow the list can be overwhelming, and the last thing that you want to do is make a mistake on a purchase as...

Posted on August 11, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 20% off first month of piano lessons at Mindful Music


In Mindful Music, Adrienne Schroeder uses music to equip the next generation to step into themselves and their unique potential.

Mindful Music is a vision, a method and a belief system that Adrienne lives by as a teacher. Her philosophy is a culmination of her life as a musician, a response to the challenges of our current world and is centered around the skills and values she hopes to instill in her students.

Regardless of whether Adrienne's stude...

Posted on August 04, 2020 at 7:00 AM

How to become an anti-racist parent


Since the pandemic began, it has been hard to deny that racism continues to hinder people of color’s well being. Asian Americans have faced harassment and even violence with the tacit approval of the president, since he referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and later the “Kung Flu.” Additionally, we’ve seen the harmful consequences of our modern lifestyle of convenience on communities of color. People of Latinx and African descent are disproportionately the drivers delivering o...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Keisha Mathew

Supporting your gifted child during Covid: focus on growth and take a step back

Parenting during Covid-19 is a new experience for everyone, but what if you’re the parent of a gifted child? There’s often a misconception that teaching gifted kids is easier, but this isn’t necessarily true. 

When my own gifted children were young, I was faced with the constant misconception that, because they were gifted, they didn’t need extra support. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Gifted children require just as much time, energy, and understanding as anyone--only in the...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 1:32 PM by Lemi-Ola Erinkitola

7 things to have on hand for fun at-home activities with your kids

When Chicago's stay-at-home order began, like many parents I wondered how we would fill so much time at home with my 22-month-old. Even as a stay-at-home mom, this was a daunting task! I decided to get busy using my elementary-education teaching background to create basic plans for exploration and make the most of our time together. As we draw near the fall and probably another step toward increased distancing, I hope to empower parents with ideas for simple play at home. Creating memorie...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 12:53 PM by Brenna Moss

Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses

Looking for a special gift or just a treat for yourself? Check out this list of Black-owned businesses in the city (many of which offer delivery or curbside pickup), where you can get everything from cocktail-themed artisan soaps to kids' toys. 

Food & Drink

Batter & Berries: Breakfast/brunch/lunch spot in Lincoln Park

Berry Berry Sweets: Cakes, cupcakes and cake pop caterer

Bettie Lou’s: American cuisine in Andersonville

Brown Sugar Bakery: Cakes and cupcakes in Ch...

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 1:43 PM by Laura Baginski