Category: All About NPN

Ready to Rock with NPN?

I've got cabin fever and the only prescription is more cowbell....or a super fun concert for kids and parents alike!

NPN is thrilled to be presenting Concerts for Kids at the Beat Kitchen every Sunday this Winter. Most shows are $6/ticket (non-walkers are free), doors open at 11:00, music starts at noon. The Beat Kitchen has a full bar and brunch menu with lots of favorites for little tummies! You can purchase tickets by clicking on the links below. NPN members get a discount on all Co...

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 6:40 AM by Christa Reed

Learn with NPN this Winter!

Need something to get you out of the house? Need something to empower you to be the best parent you can be? Check out our calendar of great parent-related workshops this winter! 

·       1/13 - Private School Parent/Teacher Mixer @ Erikson Institute

·       1/17 - Adoption 201: Basics of Domestic Adoption @ St. Michael's Parish Center

·       1/22 - 1-2-3 Magic with Dr. Thomas Phelan @ St. Stanislaus Kostka School (FILLING FAST!)

·       2/2 - Separation & Divorce in Il...

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

Parenting Advice from Parents Like You!

Our Parent to Parent newsletter features unique advice and family tips; the articles are written by NPN business, school and family members. Parent to Parent is a must-read for information, advice and sharing for Chicago-area parents. Download the new issue now (may take 1-2 minutes to complete). 

Some of the article in this issue include:


The New Year's Resolution That Pays: College Savings

Hiring A Nanny

Choosing the Right Camp for Your Child

It Takes A Vill...

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM by Christa Reed

15 Reasons to LOVE NPN in 2015

You probably already know NPN is dedicated to connecting families with the resources they need to navigate parenting the city. But, you probably didn't know that 2015 marks our 35th year. That's right, some of the founding members are grandparents now! So, we're owning 35 and celebrating all year long. Check out how you can join us with the top 15 reasons to LOVE NPN in 2015 (in no particular order).


New Year Family Celebration We are kicking off 2015 with a BANG! Celebrate the New...

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM by Christa Reed

Black Friday NPN Membership Deal - 2015

For nearly 35 years, NPN has been dedicated to connecting a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. NPN offers Chicago parents these unique, must-have benefits :

An NPN membership gets you:


24-7 access to our unmatched discussion forums

Preschool and Elementary School Search Tools & Events

Parent Recommended Childcare Classifieds

Unique New Moms Groups - meet other new moms and get the support you need ...

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Local Organizations to Be Thankful For

The holidays are upon us and this time of year always makes me think about how fortunate I am....for really everything. I have a great job, a great family and a wonderful city that has welcomed me into it's tight-knit village of parents from all walks of life.  Of course, that reminds me of all of the less fortunate, particularly the families that live here and the organizations dedicated to helping them. If you're looking to donate, volunteer (with or without the kids) or support an organ...

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Has a Group for That: Adoption

Did you know that NPN has more than 30 special interest and neighborhood clubs? We thought we'd tell you a little about each of them over time. In honor of November being National Adoption Month, we thought we'd introduce you to Teresa, the lovely volunteer of our very active adoption group.

1. Tell us about you and your family

My husband and I met in 2004 in a random occurrence while we both were watching the Chicago Air and Water Show alone! We were married the following Fall in...

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

College Savings: The Holiday Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

The holiday season is upon us. A time for laughter, cheer, spending quality time with the ones you love, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, caroling on a clear, crisp night, you get the idea.

It’s also the time of year when parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles scramble through department stores, searching for the perfect holiday gift (or twenty) for all of the important children in their lives.

Don’t get me wrong--- holiday shopping is fun. Plus, it gives you the chance to real...

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Randall Welsh

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Head on Down to Chinatown

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on international adventures without leaving the city limits! We encourage Chicago-area families to take advantage of the many diverse neighborhoods and cultures right here in our hometown.  In this post, we invite you to travel to the south side of the city to experience Chinatown!

Greeted by the Nine Dragon Wall and the Chinatown Gate, you and your children will be excited to learn more about Chinese culture as s...

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Take a Trip to Poland

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on international adventures without leaving the city limits! We encourage Chicago-area families to take advantage of the many diverse neighborhoods and cultures right here in our hometown.  In this post, we invite you to travel to Poland with us (or at least head to West Town), to get a taste of Polish culture!

Start out at the Polish Museum of America (984 N. Milwaukee Avenue), one of the oldest ethnic museums in...

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck