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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.

Real Kitchen in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood is the real deal

Posted May 5, 2011 1:22 PM by Ryan Salzwedel

The finer side of dining, packed up to-go. At least the only tablecloths your kids ruins are your own.
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City or Suburbs? Chicago parents weigh in on their choices

Posted May 4, 2011 2:19 PM

City or suburbs? It's a question all Chicago parents have asked themselves at least once, and it's also a deeply personal question. Weigh in!
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My name is Courtney and I'm a judgmental mom ... and a judged mom

Posted May 2, 2011 10:58 AM by Courtney Everette

When I’ve had a bad momming day, being able to say, “well, at least I don’t do THAT” brings a brief moment of relief from the constant uncertainty of whether I’m playing this parenting game the right way. But that doesn't make it right. It's too easy to judge.
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Greening little thumbs at Wicker Park Garden

Posted Apr 28, 2011 9:13 AM by Tricia Perez

I've finally seen it - the first sign of spring!
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Payback and the value of a front tooth

Posted Apr 27, 2011 8:59 AM by Heather Earnhart

"Did the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny meet?" That's what my 6-year old Gabriella asked me this weekend when that stubborn baby tooth finally came out.
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Rainy days full of special moments for Chicago mom

Posted Apr 26, 2011 9:30 AM by Lindsay Cohen

So it's been raining a bunch lately. Some people lose their minds, but I've found a special moment or two with my son.
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The Permanently On-Call Mom - and why you shouldn't feel bad for me that my husband travels (a ton)

Posted Apr 26, 2011 9:24 AM by Wendy Widom

After years of hubby hitting the road from Monday to Friday, I’ve got a few solid reasons why this situation has its benefits. Two words: remote control.
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The end of an era: Themed birthday parties

Posted Apr 25, 2011 10:55 AM by Amy Bizzarri

I guess the days of Thomas the Tank Engine and LEGO parties have to end someday. I just thought I had a little more time.
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Good times at The Kids Table - and an exclusive discount!

Posted Apr 25, 2011 8:42 AM by Tricia Perez

Caleb got his chef on - and we got a night out - at The Kids Table. Use our exclusive Chicago Parent discount and save 20 percent!
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Dispatches from the front: A Chicago family in Paris

Posted Apr 20, 2011 4:08 PM by Ryan Salzwedel

We're in Europe right now, and it's great. But it is NOT Chicago.
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