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There's something different about raising city kids, from squeezing strollers into high-rise elevators, staring down the CPS scramble and snagging the last brunch table from that pack of twentysomethings. Follow along as city parents report in with news and notes from across Chicago's neighborhoods.

Biking to school on Chicago streets - we survived!

Posted Jun 1, 2011 11:09 AM by Tricia Perez

Riding our bikes to school sounded like a quaint idea a few months ago. But heading down Damen at rush hour, I was having second thoughts.
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Parents as "potty mouths": Watching my language around the kids

Posted May 31, 2011 3:44 PM by Heather Earnhart

If his reputation as a Potty Mouth is well-earned, I wonder how Mayor Emanuel talks around his kids. What about you? Do you watch your language around your kids?
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A quick, healthy family dinner at Mista in Chicago

Posted May 31, 2011 9:45 AM by Ryan Salzwedel

At first, the combination of recommendation from one of our "single friends," its Andersonville location, and the word “Mista” conjured up images of white tablecloths, wine glasses, and evil stares from non-breeders. But Mista is a cozy, unpretentious and affordable spot for a family dinner.
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How safe are Chicago's streets really?

Posted May 24, 2011 2:55 PM by Amy Bizzarri

My son just got a new shiny bike. Am I crazy for letting him ride it around the block alone?
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Golden Arches? Nope - Golden House, Chicago's finest pancake pit

Posted May 23, 2011 10:17 AM by Ryan Salzwedel

A $20 family breakfast, free parking and all the "24-hour diner" ambience you can handle.
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The family car: Flashy or functional?

Posted May 20, 2011 9:50 AM by Courtney Everette

My son is not a happy car rider. And our car - with no DVD player or entertainment console - doesn't help.
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Chicago, the "Second City"? Never

Posted May 16, 2011 11:41 AM by Heather Earnhart

New York is top-notch in its family friendliness, IF you know what you're doing - and it doesn't hurt to throw some sidewalk chalk and an inflatable ball in your suitcase.
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My new favorite toy store, and other thoughts about playing in Chicago

Posted May 10, 2011 9:22 AM by Tricia Perez

With the discovery of a toy store gem and the promise of warmer weather, I've been thinking a lot about play.
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Raising a "Starbucks" generation in Chicago

Posted May 9, 2011 11:43 AM by Ryan Salzwedel

It's a beautiful Saturday morning and Leo has just pounded down his "Horizons Organic Low-Fat Vanilla Milk" and is polishing off his three mini doughnuts when a thought occurs to me: he has never known a world without a "Starbucks" on every other corner.
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On-ramping in Chicago - and I don't mean on the Kennedy

Posted May 6, 2011 10:12 AM by Sara Rontal Fisher

I'm back at work part-time, and I'm ignoring my friends left and right, forgetting my kids' doctors' appointments and getting the worst twitter butt known to this side of a MacBook Pro.
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