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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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Discussions

Where to have guests stay re: satefy?

We have some friends coming into town, a man and a 10yo boy, and I'm in charge of finding them a place to stay for a few days in July. The boy likes to skateboard so normally I would put them at the Chicago Athletic Association to be near the skate park at Grant Park, the Bean, etc. Plus they are at...

Marsha's Music Summer Registration is Open

Hello NPN!   Registration for Marsha's Music summer session is open and we hope you'll join us! MARSHA'S MUSIC SUMMER SESSION 8 weeks: Jun 18 - Aug 14 (no class Jul 2-4) Music Together Mixed-Age Song Collection: Banjo Music Together Rhythm Kids Song Collection: Kangaroo All in ...

Family Mandarin lessons? ChinaFriends?

Dear Parents,   My kids get some Mandarin in K and 1st. I think it's probably the subject they get the least out of, though, and my husband and I are completely helpless to teach them, as we are even more ignorant than they are. I bought a beginner/kids Mandarin textbook but that has been ...

question about Dave & Busters

I've been on the Dave & Busters website and can't seem to find the answer to this.  I also tried calling (Rosemont location) and got stuck in an endless voice mail loop. Can you just show up at Dave & Busters to eat and play games on a random night?  Or to make a reservation do you have...

Might be obsure question - Kids Jiu Jitsu?

I'm looking into Kids Jiu Jitsu classes for my almost 6YO.  (He will turn 6 in 3 months.)  I'm finding that kids classes are either not available or the ones with kids classes only have older children enrolled.  Has anyone had good experiences with good Jiu Jitsu programs for younger kids?  Bonus fo...


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