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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

3G Spa Day

My mother's 75th birthday is coming up, and I was hoping to do a three generation spa day for her, me, and my 7yo daughter.  Has anyone been to a spa with a kid so young?  Are they allowed?  Does anyone have a recommendation for a spa that's a little less pricey than, say, the Peninsula but still sw...

What are you doing as a mom for self care?

I am so used to going out, I went out like each day before this pandemic with my kids. People are saying engage in self care so I wonder what everyone is doing for that. Anonymous poster hash: a96b0...47c ...

High Schools

Hi, We're not from Chicago area, but have been living here for a number of years. Trying to figure out how to rank high schools in CPS or just move to Evanston  Our DD is smart and tests well, has great grades, but is easily stressed and might not flourish in an environment with all type A students....

SPF Lincoln Park (pickleball in old Treasure Island Clybourne)

Has anyone been or joined? Is this a good alternative to a gym and what’s the kid element like? ...

Super Bowl Morning Playdate, 2/11, for 2-5 year olds at British, South Loop!

Kick-Off your Super Bowl Morning from 9-11am at British International School, South Loop , on Sunday, February 11th! Tire out those little ones in the morning so you can enjoy the evening Super Bowl festivities (Chiefs Fans, 49'ers Fans, Swifties or just watching for the Usher Halftime Show). RSVP H...


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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...

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...

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