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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.

Staying fit as a family in Chicago is easier than you think


Posted Apr 20, 2011 9:53 AM by Tricia Perez

Parenting is a full-time job, and eating right and exercising can sometimes go right out the window. But Chicago is full of so many easy, low-cost ways to make fitness a fact.
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Dear Whole Foods: Chicago mom gets a few things off her chest


Posted Apr 19, 2011 8:45 AM by Selena Kohng

Every time I walk into my Whole Foods, I feel like a minor in a liquor store: Surrounded by stuff I shouldn’t have access to, and trying to act like I know what I'm doing.
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Sunday’s religious experience (at Old Town School of Folk Music)


Posted Apr 18, 2011 10:16 AM by Lindsay Cohen

Watching my 2-year-old clapping his little hands and bopping his head at his first concert, I remembered the magic of watching your child take in something new.
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How much should you spend on your child's birthday?


Posted Apr 18, 2011 10:12 AM by Heather Earnhart

An iPod and a bottle of wine. That's what my son wanted for his third birthday. Ummm...
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A parents' guide to Chicago's parking meters


Posted Apr 14, 2011 10:44 AM by Wendy Widom

Whoever designed Chicago's pay-to-park box system has never traveled with young kids
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The proposed pawn shop on the corner - and why I'm saying no


Posted Apr 13, 2011 3:35 PM by Amy Bizzarri

I see a lot of potential in my little stretch of Chicago, and no, thank you very much, I do not want a pawn shop on the corner.
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Spring is in the air in Chicago - and so are we


Posted Apr 13, 2011 2:21 PM by Ryan Salzwedel

Spring for us this year mean lots of travel - our 5-year-old is already "packing his wallet" to "buy some stuff" in Paris.
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Summer in Chicago: What are you looking forward to?


Posted Apr 13, 2011 9:24 AM by Selena Kohng

Just when you think you can't bear to spend another winter in this city, summer comes along and makes it all worth it. Here's what I can't wait for.
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Chicago Public School ban on lunches packed at home misses the point


Posted Apr 12, 2011 2:14 PM by Chicago Parent

The issue with a Chicago public school's decision to ban home-packed lunches isn't that it's overstepping its bounds. It's that it's failing to teach.
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Erie Park: Urban oasis, neighborhood nook and saving grace of River North


Posted Apr 12, 2011 11:35 AM by Amy and Aaron Galvin

A. Montgomery Ward Park, or Erie Park #511, is the go-to destination when your toddler has just about had it with running around your two-bedroom condo.
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