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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

Salt Shed fairgrounds concert - seats or standing only?

We're going to a concert at the Salt Shed fairgrounds (different than the shed).  Has anyone been to a show this year?  We're going with grandparents and trying to figure out if there are seats available for general admission and how early we should go to stake out a good spot.  From what I've read ...

Stroller friendly walking trails

Looking to take a long walk somewhere on Father's Day but we want to bring our elderly dog in her stroller (!). Can anyone recommend a suburban trail that is over a mile long and paved? ...

Marsha's Music Summer Registration is Open

We have 4-week and 8-week options available for summer!   Plus SATURDAY 10:30AM BIG KIDS CLASS for ages 4-8, and a BABIES ONLY class for infants 0-8 months on SATURDAYS at 11:30!   $138 for 4 weeks of class $236 for 8 weeks of class Both options include materials – an i...

Music class for babies! 0-8 months - bond w your baby and meet other new parents!

Marsha's Music summer classes start NEXT WEEK 6/18! Join our Babies Only class for infants 0-8 months and meet other new parents, bond with your baby, and watch them learn to wiggle and sing!    Our babies class for summer is Saturdays at 11:30am at St. Paul & The Redeemer. We have 4-w...

Will Old Town Art Fair proceed if rain?

Does anyone know whether this event goes forward even if there is rain? We have grand plans to go art shopping today with my in-laws who are here from out of town and I have a sitter coming…. ...


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Happy Campers: Finding (Screen-free) Fun at Family Camp

As soon as we arrived at Family Camp in Michigan last summer I started to lose track of time. We had decided to take a family vacation at a kids sleep away summer camp for a few days. Ostensibly it was to introduce our two kids to camp. But I was also curious to experience the classic American summe...

Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses

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I took my 4 year old to see The Nutcracker...here's how it went.

As a mom to a boisterous four-year-old girl, I am always looking for ways to entertain her and keep her busy. That's why I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to take my daughter, Clarke, to see The Nutcracker for the very first time this year. Clarke has been captivated recently with dance...

Hosting out-of-towners? Here's your cheatsheet.

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

Water, sunlight, soil. It’s what all plants need, and one of the first science facts that kids learn. So gardening is the perfect way to harness an interest in the environment and to cultivate future scientists. These steps offer suggestions that can be scaled to fit any size patch, from large outdo...

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