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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

does the parks department have any wiggle room on ages

My 3yo turns 4 a couple weeks into the winter session.  I'm really hoping I can put him in a 4-6yo class so I can keep him and his brother together.   ...

In search of a new board game for family with teens

I'm looking for a new board game for our family.  Kids are 13/14.   We have Ticket to Ride, Catan, Monopoly, Life, Sorry, Connect Four, Yahtzee, Backgammon, Boggle, Rummikub....all the usuals.   Looking for something new.  All I'm getting from the hoards of "Gift Guides" is Hues and Cues b...

Climbing Gym for Sale

Selling below climbing gym - bought 2 years ago. Kids have outgrown it but it was great for a few years (particularly during winter months). Sell looking for best offer - I would love for someone to enjoy it as much as we did. Pick up in Old Town.    https://ezplaytoys.com/products/koala-a...

Tips if going to Wrigley's Winterland

We went yesterday and it was cool being on the actual field inside Wrigley. I enjoyed it and would do it again for the experience but honestly if it was anywhere else other than Wrigley I would say it was a bit lame. The decorations were basic, mostly a bunch of lite up trees, and not enough activit...

Harry Potter Magic at Play @ Water Tower: Worth it or not?

Considering taking two kids - 9 yo and 11 yo - to the Harry Potter Magic at Play at the Water Tower Place over Winter break?   Is it worth the entrance fee or not? ...


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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...

How to create winter family traditions

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