Hello, Chicago Parents!
I'm so excited to be sharing my experiences living in Wicker
Park with you! My family recently moved to the area, and we will
all be exploring our new neighborhood together. So far, we have
loved playing at Wicker Park, biking through the neighborhood, and
walking to find interesting stores and restaurants. We hope to add
a rescue dog to our team this spring!
We love to walk, bike and rollerblade together, be it in our
neighborhood or on the lakefront. We all love heading to the beach,
although Caleb is the only one who really enjoys the frigid waters!
I also love finding great deals, so if I hear about one,
I'll be sure to pass it on to you.
As the spring approaches, I couldn't be more excited about the
return of the Wicker Park Farmer's Market. Some of my favorite
memories from the fall were of us walking to the Farmer's Market on
a Sunday afternoon, choosing some yummy fruits, veggies, and
cheeses together, and then staying to play at the playground. This
simplicity is a wonderful reminder that we need to remember to take
time for the simplest of pleasures in the chaotic life that we
This summer we look forward to the Phillies coming to town in
July to play the Cubs for a daytime game. No one plans to reveal
who they'll be rooting for. Two-thirds of our family is from
Philadelphia, and city loyalty has become a hot topic. And when the
Bears play the Eagles? It gets ugly in our house!
Like many of you, we have been attempting to navigate the
Chicago Public School system. Neighborhood? Gifted? Magnet?
Charter? Testing? It seems like with so many options, there must be
a good for every child. But with so many thousands of children on
waiting lists for schools, I question what happens to the children
who aren't placed in their ideal school. And I question why parents
find it necessary to hire tutors for their preschool
children. While I have found the whole process overwhelming,
especially because my son has hearing loss and requires some
accomodations in his classroom, I am trying to make peace with the
fact that we have "prepared" as best we could.
In addition to playing the role of Mommy/Admissions Counselor, I
have a passion for health and fitness for families. What happens in
the early stages of a child's life affects him for years to come. I
have made it my mission to try to help families get fit together.
When Caleb was 6 months old, I founded One Fit
Mama. We teach families to exercise together, eat nutritiously
together and create positive healthy habits that will last a
That's all for now…I need to go pick up my kindergartener from
his private school and think on where he might be enrolled next
Tricia Streit Perez is partner to Dan, mom to Caleb, and founder of One Fit Mama®. She lives in Wicker Park.
See more of Tricia's stories here.
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