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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.

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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Mom- (and kid-) friendly yoga at Om on the Range in Chicago


Posted Apr 11, 2011 4:07 PM by Tricia Perez

When my family decides they need a calmer (read: nicer) version of me, they send me to Om on the Range, a yoga studio owned by two Chicago sisters.
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Kids haircuts at Joe's Barbershop in Chicago


Posted Apr 11, 2011 9:31 AM by Amy Bizzarri

They don't give away doo-dads, they don't do vibrating massages, they don't wear cute uniforms, but they do give a boy a darn good haircut.
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Chicago's summer camp lottery


Posted Apr 9, 2011 1:17 PM by Tricia Perez

Waiting in line at the crack of dawn for concert tickets is one thing. But a spot at the summer camp down the street? Madness!
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Why Chicago's low voter turnout is bad for our kids


Posted Apr 7, 2011 12:54 PM by Courtney Everette

We chose to raise our son in Woodlawn because we care deeply about the community, and Tuesday's election reminds me that not everyone does.
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Chicago parents talk about navigating the CPS process


Posted Apr 7, 2011 10:59 AM


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Skateboarding in Chicago: Where parenting meets pavement


Posted Apr 6, 2011 12:03 PM by Ryan Salzwedel

My son and I got our skateboards as part of my plan to age as ungracefully as possible. It's been a fun three years on the board with Leo.
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Chimney cakes at new Edgewater bakery warm up dreary Chicago day


Posted Apr 5, 2011 12:21 PM by Amy Bizzarri

It was a rainy, dreary afternoon when my two kids and I set sail for Chimney Cake Island, a new bakery in Edgewater.
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We Need A Nanny – The Story of How We Overlooked This Necessity


Posted Apr 4, 2011 10:34 AM by Amy and Aaron Galvin

Our daughter was 5 months old before it occurred to us that we might need someone to watch her while we worked.
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My attempt at homemade cloth diapers


Posted Apr 4, 2011 9:24 AM by Courtney Everette

Yeah, that’s right. I spent four hours making something my kid is going to intentionally poop in. That’s dedication.
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