Where to find childcare in Chicago at the last minute

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a work-at-home mom or dad, or even a full-time working one with regular childcare, with holidays and conference season upon us, we all need extra help from time to time. Here’s a quick list of places in the city that offer last-minute and/or part-time services.

The Nook (Bucktown and South Loop)
This full-service daycare allows non-member parents to book absent children’s open spots via an online app, which is regularly updated until 6 a.m. day-of...

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 5:03 AM by Amelia Levin

NPN members receive a free inspection and appraisal with home purchase


Please join @properties broker Nichole Veihman for this free neighborhood and home tour covering:

La Grange, Western Springs, Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills
Neighborhoods, schools, business districts, etc.
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Posted on October 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Doing well in school creates opportunities? Sadly, that's a myth.

We’ve been telling students and families that doing well in school creates opportunities—that showing up, doing the work, and meeting teachers’ expectations will prepare them for their futures. Unfortunately, that’s a myth.

That’s the subject of The Opportunity Myth: What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down—and How to Fix It, a new research report we at TNTP, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the injustice of educational inequality, published last month. 

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM

The little-known strategy of getting into Chicago schools

“When is the best time to begin my school search?” is a question often posed by families looking to start the always dreaded but ultimately necessary rite of passage known as the “Chicago School Search.” Sometimes the question is followed up by a plaintive, “Oh my goodness! Am I too late?!” Rest easy, Chicago families. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as one would think — and ultimately, you are never “too late.”

As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is home to a vast range ...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM by Chicago School GPS

Take the stress out of making school lunches

As parents, we are sometimes just as excited as our kids when school is out for summer. For us, that means no helping with homework, no rushing around in the morning, and no packing of lunches. But as the summer nears the end, we realize the tasks ahead of us as the school year begins. Packing lunches does not need to be one of those dreaded tasks. Here are some helpful tips for putting together a delicious lunch in advance:

No “surprise” lunches. Try out new recipes on your kids at ho...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:19 PM by Karen Nochimowski

What living in Chicago has taught me about the world

Photo: courtesy Keisha Mathew

As a parent and a long-time resident of Chicago, I often feel a great deal of conflict toward my changing city. Its natural and man-made beauty, as well as its diversity, are what makes many locals feel so proud to live here. Yet and still, there are things that cause feelings of shame and anguish to surface in many residents, myself included.

I like how Chicago blends modernization and world-class charm with our simple family values. It’s why so many t...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 9:27 AM by Keisha Mathew

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at Cindy K. Campbell Law


The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through November 15, 2018. 

Cindy K. Campbell works with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, and collaborative family law and mediation.

We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so that we can build relationship...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members pay no registration fee at GEMS World Academy Chicago


GEMS World Academy Chicago is a culturally diverse preschool that nurtures a child’s love of learning and creativity. 

Our master teachers exemplify excellence in the classroom. Our educators recognize the importance of inspiring students, driving industry-changing innovation as well as enriching the communities in which they live and work. 

Through coding and robotics, an integrated STEAM program, daily world-language instruction and a global...

Posted on October 02, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 50% off new student fee at Metropolitan Schoolhouse


Metropolitan Schoolhouse is a unique, independent school within Chicago. We offer whole-person, student-centered learning through an innovative and individualized curriculum. Our educators hail from multi-faceted backgrounds and are truly dedicated to the development of our students.

At Metropolitan Schoolhouse, differentiated learning is taken to a new level by recognizing and nurturing the unique abilities and talents of each student. Our...

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members pay no application fee at British International School Lincoln Park



Come tour British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park this fall and learn more about our innovative curriculum and diverse community. We enroll children from ages 2-11 years old in our 5 story campus which offers specialist lessons starting from our youngest children. Our students experience a thematic integrated curriculum while going beyond their classroom to our STEAM corridor, gym, indoor/outdoor play space,...

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM