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Things to Do

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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New Moms Group
Bond with other moms over shared parenting challenges and triumphs
Travel With Kids
Trip ideas and strategies for a fun family vacation

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Best Chicago playgrounds for the potty-training toddler
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Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses
Discover restaurants, salons, boutiques, bakeries, gyms and more Black-owned businesses in Chicago.
Family neighborhood guide to Sauganash
Our family has absolutely fallen in love with Sauganash for so many reasons. Here are just a few.


Spinoff: What was your first concert?

With my parents: Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 Victory Tour at the old Comiskey Park, age 9 Without my parents: New Order/PIL/the Sugarcubes at Poplar Creek, age 14 (with my older brother)  ...

Kid's room decor

This is SO not a big deal but I've spent way too much time thinking about this. We've been in our house for 6 years, and DS is now almost 11. His room is stuck in the early elementary years, with baby...

Halloween Plans

Will Halloween back to normal this year? Is anyone planning parties? Trying to plan ahead and think about what makes sense.     Anonymous poster hash: 2c870...462 ...

City trick or treat this year?

What’s your best guess for trick or treat times on the north side this year? After dark or earlier because it is Sunday? Anonymous poster hash: 0156c...768 ...

Best Open House Chicago sites?

I see it is open house Chicago weekend this weekend and have always wanted to take it vantage of it but never been organized enough to do it. Any suggestions for which are really worthwhile to visit? ...

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The importance of celebrating Juneteenth in Chicago

Honoring those that built the wealth of this nation is an honorable place to start the healing process.

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