NPN's Online Auction guide to bidding

NPN's biggest fundraiser of the year, which allows us to continue to bring programming, events and school-choice help to Chicago parents, opens for bidding on Wednesday, April 24! Open to the public, our Online Auction is bigger and better than ever, with more than 400 items up for bid. 

Once you've had a chance to see our $80,000+ in goodies for Chicago families, make sure to place bids asap! We know how crazy life can get—set your max bid and rest easy. You can stop back in and visit...

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 7:08 AM

NPN members save 30% on your first two weeks of Yumble subscription and free delivery!


Yumble delivers fresh, delicious, fully prepared kids' meals right to your doorstep. You choose your weekly meals, and Yumble takes care of the rest!

Yumble was founded by former stay-at-home Mom, Joanna Parker.  "As a Mom, I felt the pain that many moms feel: wanting to serve our kids real food every day, but not having enough time to do it! After a busy day, what I desperately wanted to do was spend time with my family, not run around shopping, cooking, an...

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get $225 off summer camps at Codeverse


Codeverse is the world's first fully interactive coding studio for kids aged 6–13, offering after-school classes and summer camps. 

During camp, kids learn how to design apps and video games, build a robot, create 3D-printed designs, program concert-hall lights and more in our interactive studios! All meals, snacks, field trips, and complimentary early drop-off and pick-up are included.

NPN members get $225 off summer camps. Offer valid for 2019 week-l...

Posted on April 09, 2019 at 7:00 AM

3 reasons I'm happy my kids aren't growing up in the suburbs like I did

Parenting in Chicago is hard. Two recent events reminded me of this.

The first, running our two daughters out to the car parked in front of our house in what seemed like biblical rains — no attached garage to keep us dry. And the second, wading into the Chicago Public Schools application process. After reading about three different ways to apply to preschool, I realized this was the first step in a nebulous 18-year-plus journey.

These are surface examples of a subtler thought that h...

Posted on April 03, 2019 at 4:31 PM by Rebekah Pajak

5 tips to ensure you're hiring a good kids birthday party entertainer

You’ve been there: the “best party ever.” There are games, music, characters, and an entertainer taking pictures and playing with your children. But now, it’s your turn to plan the birthday party for your child and you want the same or better experience. Before you jump to hire the first company you find in your Facebook’s mommy group, it’s important to consider who — and what — you’re dealing with. As the president of a kids’ entertainment company, I can shed some light on the subject.

Posted on April 03, 2019 at 10:04 AM by Nilmari Donate

NPN members get 15% off of flat-fee real estate services with Yvonne Brower, Esq.


The spring real estate market has sprung in Chicago! If you are considering buying a new home, selling your existing home, or simply have real estate questions, please contact Yvonne S. Brower, Attorney at Law. 

Yvonne is a Chicago-based attorney specializing in real estate transactions and commercial litigation. As a mother herself, Yvonne understands the demanding schedules of being a parent. She is readily available to speak or...

Posted on April 02, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Your little one can make a big difference for the planet

With 250 million tons of American waste going into landfill annually and 1.3 billion tons of food wasted worldwide each year, it’s important we teach our children the importance of being green. But how do you start a dialogue? Kids love to solve problems and take positive action, so how about engaging your little superhero’s special powers? Who could resist zooming to the rescue to save the planet?

Knowledge: educate
As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Helping your little heroes u...

Posted on March 27, 2019 at 11:42 AM by Fiona Royer

NPN members get $300 off closing costs at Alcove M.D.P.


Alcove M.D.P. is Wicker Park’s newest luxury condominium and townhome development. Perfect for newlyweds and young families. Large condominiums with living spaces and bedrooms on a single floor make babyproofing easy. Thoughtful floor plans with high-end finish packages that you can customize. Professionally landscaped courtyard for outdoor fun with kids. Tucked away, but steps from Chicago’s best restaurants along Milwaukee Avenue and Divisi...

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members receive 20% off first magazine at Kidsolidate!


Organize and declutter your kid's artwork, awards, report cards, letters and more by letting Kidsolidate turn your stacks of creations into custom magazines and hardcover books.  

Kidsolidate does all of the work for you. We digitize, layout and provide beautifully printed magazines and hardcover books. The process is easy. You will receive a postage paid envelope for sending your creations. Kidsolidate then scans and processes your creations and prints...

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Share the stories of these notable Chicago women with your kids

During my daughter’s bedtime reading, we’re exploring all the extraordinary women in history. Though we love learning about women all over the world, it began to pique my interest to see what kind of gems Chicago has produced. Fortunately, I found and rediscovered many reasons to be proud to be a Chicagoan. 

Here are just a few notable Chicago women who have broke ground and a few ceilings.

Throughout Chicago’s rich history, women have played pivotal roles in bringing forth real and...

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 3:20 PM by Keisha Mathew