Category: Living in Chicago

Things to do in Chicago neighborhood Bronzeville with your kids

Photo: Enjoying the food at Pearl's Place in Bronzeville

Hello, neighborhood explorers! Last time, I left you with a template to use each time you go visit a new neighborhood: Try to plan three things: one inside, one outside and one that involves food.

Today, I’m excited to tell you about a neighborhood I love to visit: Bronzeville!

Located along the lake just south of the Loop, Bronzeville is a cultural mega-center for art, music, architecture, and a vivid celebration of the ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM by Kathleen Dragan

Explore Chicago neighborhoods with your kids this summer

Photo: The author's son having a close encounter with the art at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

We all get stuck in it: the “neighborhood rut.” We know our parks, our coffee shops, our favorite routes. Months can go by, even years, and we realize we haven’t left our zip code—short of the odd errand to Costco or inconveniently located birthday party.

Then one day we realize that we live in a city with 77 neighborhoods, and we’ve barely been to a quarter of them. I was exactly th...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:29 AM by Kathleen Dragan

The best Chicago street fests for families

Do Division photo courtesy of Rep3

Summer is nearly here! In Chicago, that means plenty of cheap or free to entertain your kids outside in the glorious sunshine, especially at our city's ubiquitous summer street fests. Some fests are more family-friendly than others, so which outdoor bashes are best for bringing the little ones?

Mommy Nearest writer Rene Ryan came up with a fantastic list of the top 8 Chicago summer festivals for families, and she covers neighborhoods all over the c...

Posted on May 04, 2017 at 1:14 PM by Laura Baginski

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 our kids? Playground Pointers has a solution to help!  Here are some playgrounds around Chicago with adjacent fieldhouses—with bathrooms! Just make sure you visit during weekdays when the fieldhouses will be open and bathroom facilities will be available.

Margate Playground

Location: 4921 N. ...

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Kids learn to make, keep, be a friend at day camp | NPNparents.org

*SPONSORED BY APACHI J CAMPS*
 

Our children’s lives are made up of a series of milestones. Not just the ones that doctors check for, but the big (and sometimes routine) events that happen throughout the years that mark maturing and growth: sleeping in a “big girl bed,” wearing shoes with laces, putting his face in the water at a pool, going down the tallest slide at the playground, starting elementary school, seeing a movie in the theater.

Attending day camp for the first time is ...

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Why I didn't move after a nearby shooting | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: yooperann/Flickr

I remember it being a relatively uneventful Monday afternoon at work when this sobering message from 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman hit my inbox:

“According to the Chicago Police Department, at approximately 10:30am today, there was young man shot on the 900 block of West Buena Avenue. The victim was approached by two offenders and was shot in the chest. Police say he was taken immediately to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he is undergoing surgery...

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 11:59 AM by Matt Beardmore

13 signs you might be a Chicago mom | NPNparents.org

Our friends at the Huffington Post wrote a great list, 13 Signs You Might Be a Suburban Mom. We couldn't get away without creating one of our own about Chicago moms, too!

So, you might be a Chicago mom if... 

1. You know how to navigate public transportation with a diaper bag and a stroller. Oh, yeah, and a child. 

2. Sometimes you get lost in Whole Foods, for hours. 

3. You purge your baby stuff, almost immediately. Who's got the room for it?

4. You are flexible. If there ...

Posted on June 02, 2016 at 2:00 PM

5 family-friendly Midwest vacation spots you can drive to

Photo: South Haven, Michigan

 

You know the saying “Midwest is best?” Well, if you ask me, the Midwest truly shines in the summermonths…the glistening lakes, wealth of greenery, and tons of unique places to relax and unwind. It’s a complete 180 from the harsh winter months that we suffer through.

 

That’s why we always plan a Midwestern summer family vacation. We can avoid the drama and expenses involved with an airline flight, support local businesses and keep our money in th...

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM by Amanda Simkin

Summer camp teaches kids life skills | NPNparents.org

 

*SPONSORED BY BANNER DAY CAMP*

Summer camp is more than just fun! A great day camp teaches children life skills in a safe, fun and loving place. A well-run day camp provides campers with a host of emotional, social and physical benefits, as well as myriad experiences and opportunities that they might otherwise not have. By forming a bridge between school years, camp allows children to continue learning and growing in new and exciting ways.

While at camp, children find themsel...

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 2:32 PM by Lani Gerszonovicz

The pros and cons of moving to the suburbs | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: vagawi/Flickr

You know that commercial where the guy is like, "I'm never getting married." He gets married. Then he says to his wife, "We're never having kids." And then they have kids. And then he says, "We're never moving to the suburbs." And they obviously move to the suburbs. Yeah, that was kinda me. Not so much the marriage and kids part, but I definitely thought I'd never move to the suburbs. ***Cue all the suburbanites laughing at me in unison.***

My husband and...

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM by Lauren Plotkin