I love Chicago. I love that on any given day, there are 25+
things to do with your kids, most of them on the cheap or for free.
I love the food scene and jazz shows, the summer fests and boutique
stores, the lake, the museums, the history.
And I love the fact that more often than not, my 3-year-old is
too busy playing Angry Birds on my iPad to take advantage of any of
I guess that's how it goes, right? And I think that just about
sums up what my life looks like every day and what you can expect
to read about here: striking the balance between trying to be a
city-savvy mom and trying to be just a plain ol' good mom ... who
lets the kids take over the iPad maybe more than she should for the
sake of some peace and quiet.
Speaking of which, a little about me: I hail from the peaceful
and very, very quiet neighborhood of Sauganash, as far north as you
can get in the city. We're renters and found a screaming deal on a
townhouse here. It's close to the school where my oldest was
accepted for kindergarten -- not to mention in a fabulous school
district in itself (look out for a ton of posts about the CPS
system in the future).
So we said bye-bye to cafes and hipster gastro-pubs and hello to
a lot more living space and a slower, albeit charming, part of the
city. Did I mention that this area is quiet?
But don't get me wrong -- there's never a dull moment. Between
the two boys, a freelance career, a husband actively involved in
urban outreach, and the perennial quest for the best $5 meal in
Chicago, there's plenty to talk about. So welcome to my corner of
the world; I'm excited to write in the company of very cool
bloggers and trade tips with all of you about what it takes to be a
Selena Kohng is a mom of two living in Sauganash.
See more of Selena's stories here.
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