Author - Christa Reed


Christa joined NPN while expecting her son in 2011. She comes to us with a passion for connecting local families and trying new things. Born and raised a Chicagoan, she considers herself a “lifer” and loves taking her toddler to the zoo and exploring new parks in the area. With ten years of media experience, she holds a degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Television Production and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.  She lives with her son, and husband in her dogs' East Lakeview home.  

NPN Exclusive! $20 off Sprig organic meal delivery!

Sprig is a new on-demand organic food company that wanted to make getting delicious, healthy food as easy as three clicks on your smartphone. Their Head Chef is Nate Keller, who was the Executive Chef at Google as the company grew from 300 to 30,000 employees. Sprig serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, has a daily rotating menu, and has an average delivery time of 15 minutes. So perfect for the family on-the-go!  

Sample Menu:

The decision is easy with menu items lik...

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Members Only! 15% off of Language Stars!

Language Stars programs provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Whether this is your first introduction to foreign language or you are an experienced linguist, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their foreign language the way a native speaker does.

Parents and Tots Classes (Ages 1-3 years)
Learn along with your child in the Parents...

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 1:58 PM by Christa Reed

How I Stopped Worrying and Deserted the Mommy War

My child was formula fed. My child was sleep trained. My child eats food that is not organic. The old me would give you a twenty-minute explanation of how each of these things happened (although never originally part of my plan). The new me recognizes that you probably don’t give a shit.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “mommy wars.” After three and a half years of motherhood and reading the endless stream of social media posts on the subject, I think I have found ...

Posted on July 02, 2015 at 9:30 AM by Christa Reed

A Q & A with Chicago's Next Big Thing

Parker Krex isn’t waiting years to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. The 10 year-old Chicago native is already CEO of his own company, Brick loot. All it took was one good idea to make him, quite possibly, the areas youngest CEO. We asked him a few questions about what it's like to be a Kidpreneur!

How did you come up with the idea for Brick Loot?

I subscribed to a different subscription box, and I didn’t like the things inside it. I LOVE LEGO so I thought it would b...

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Top 5 NPN Events This Week

Let's face it, Mother Nature hasn't given us the greatest summer weather yet. Here are a handful of great NPN events to get you out of the rain!

6/23 - Speed Sitting with Urban Sitter at the Land of Nod. Mix and mingle with local babysitters from UrbanSitter. NPN members who attend this event and sign up for UrbanSitter on the night of the event receive a $75 credit on UrbanSitter! Also, enjoy 10% off most items at the Land of Nod on the day of the event. 

6/24 - Bring Out the Gift...

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM by Christa Reed

Top 4 Last Minute Summer Camp Options

Ok, believe it or not, Summer is finally here. Whether you like it or not, your kid(s) are going to need a break from you and the rigors of preschool/elementary school. Here are some amazing camp options that still have availibility this summer. Bonus: Each of them offer a very special discount only to NPN members. 

Little Beans Cafe: They have two great locations with super flexible options. The Chicago locations takes children ages 3-6 and their brand new Evanston locations take...

Posted on June 03, 2015 at 1:25 PM by Christa Reed

Top 5 NPN Resources for Expecting Parents!

We are constantly meeting new families that are looking for the resources they need as they begin the exciting journey of parenting in Chicago. Whether you are new to the city or born and raised (like myself), NPN has some really amazing resources for the newly pregnant family. 

Here are 5 AWESOME ways to get a GREAT value out of your NPN membership when you're expecting:

5. Parent Perks. Your NPN membership gives  you thousands of dollars of potential discounts including deal...

Posted on May 05, 2015 at 7:45 AM by Christa Reed

Top 6 Spring Survival Apps

Playground Pointers ($1.99)

An NPN favorite and worth every penny. Playground Pointers is a searchable iPhone app that will guide you to the best Chicago playgrounds close to you. If you want to explore a new neighborhood, run an errand yet want to give your kids the chance to play outside, or want to meet another family for a playdate in a new area, Playground Pointers is a must-have. It gives you location information, pics and even notes on the ambiance (i.e. the el rumbles a little ...

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 7:30 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Continues to Provides Benefits to Chicago Parents Through Local Employers

CHICAGO, IL – Continuing to offer city parents the most valuable resources possible, Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN) is introducing a new partnership with Leo Burnett that will provide support for working parents in Chicago.  NPN has had workplace partnerships with local companies to provide them with discounted (or free) NPN memberships as a benefit to their employment since 2012. Chicago-based Leo Burnett, is the largest corporation to partner with NPN to date.

NPN Exec...

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 7:38 AM by Christa Reed

Top Ten NPN Events this Spring

The weather is warming up and so is the NPN calendar. There is surely no shortage of things to do, so join us for some family friendly fun over the next few weeks!

4/16 - Mom’s Day/Night Out at vFish - Free & open to the public! Take a break, bring a donation, mix and mingle, find some great Spring apparel all while supporting NPN. 20% of all purchases go toward improving NPN’s programming.

4/22 - Baby Basics 101 – Free & NPN Members Only. Get all of your new par...

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 7:32 PM by Christa Reed