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Our parent members have tons of suggestions on things to do, including beautiful spots for a family bike ride and outings for those all-too-rare date nights. Find more tips and advice in the articles below, or search the discussion forum for up-to-the-minute recos. Looking to expand your parenting community? Check the calendar for NPN events that serve to enlighten or connect our members—and often both!

 

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Best Chicago playgrounds for the potty-training toddler
We’ve all been faced with the dilemma: How can we leave our house to go anywhere knowing that at any minute we will hear the dreaded statement of “I need to go to the bathroom!” when potty training ou...
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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 ...
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Family neighborhood guide to Sauganash
This is the first in a series of articles exploring family-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago. I’m a big planner. I like to be prepared, anticipate what’s coming next, and have a plan. So imagine ...
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FREE Kids Day at The Lincoln Park Farmers Market - Saturday, Oct 1, 9:30am-1pm!

Don't miss a special KIDS DAY at The Lincoln Park Farmers Market this Saturday (10/1). Shop the market PLUS stop by the Kid’s Corner for loads of FUN + FREE activities for the kiddos! With awesome organizations like The Kids' Table, Bubbles Academy, Buddha Belly Yoga, Altitude Trampoline, Park West ...

Free Cubs Tix for Tomorrow — Good seats

I have 4 tickets to the game tomorrow (Thursday). 1:20 start. Section 215. Covered. Free. You can take all 4 or just a couple or just one. I just want a fan to use them.  ...

Where to order soup in Lincoln Park for delivery?

House is sick. Any suggestions for where to order soup from in larger containers? (not individual servings of soup)  In Lincoln Park.   ...

Where can I find a poker tutor?

I think my kids would be old enough to play poker as a family game at home.  We have no idea how to do it.  Do you know anyone who would be willing to give us poker lessons?  (City) And do I just buy a Poker kit online? Thanks!   ...

Do you feel optimistic about Chicago's future?

I know this is a very general question so I do not mind a variation in answers. I feel like a lot of investment is going to happen in Chicago. The area near Chinatown is being bought up and used for business, more schools will have IB programs. But I saw on the news J.B. Pritzker is going to do some...


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During a week in July, my husband and I hosted his family for vacation. Spread between three houses (including ours), were 19 family members, ages 6–70 years old. With a small backyard and a basement only a teenager would love, we had to get out and about in the city. To help inspire anyone who...

Gardening with kids

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Family neighborhood guide to Andersonville

I moved to Andersonville shortly before my oldest child was born. My husband and I were previously living in a one-bedroom condo in Bucktown, and we knew we wanted to start a family. Andersonville was appealing because of the easy access to the lake and parks, quiet streets with lots of trees, histo...

Family neighborhood guide to Logan Square

When I bought my first home in Logan Square back in 2005, the neighborhood was more edgy than hip. I found an old fixer-upper I could afford, crowdsourced a roommate on Craigslist, and called it a day. I was 27, single, and could not tell you the name of the school down the street.  A decade la...

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