Chicago Parent: A Space for You

You take care of your kids. We take care of you. That’s been Chicago Parent’s mission since we started in 1984. We’re here to help you navigate the thrilling, challenging and rewarding job of raising the next generation — in a way that’s inspiring, uplifting and uniquely local. Chicago Parent is here to empower you. Discover expert parenting advice, little extras just for you and, of course, tons of things to do with the kids. Our magazine, website and events are all designed to make parents’ lives a little easier and a lot more fun.

Chicago Parent Magazine

Think of it as a guide curated just for you. We take a whirlwind of information, sift it down and package it in one tidy place, six times a year. Tap into the latest digital edition for:

  • For-You Features: Stories on trending issues, from school, health and travel to kids’ behavior, mental well-being and friendships
  • Handpicked: Bits of fun, inspiration and cool finds selected for you by hometown mom and dad influencers
  • IRL: A local parent we love opens up on making it all work (and sometimes not!)
  • Things To Do: Escape home, stay in, get creative — our roundups are sure to keep your little ones entertained

Why Parents Love Chicago Parent

To find out, we went right to the source and talked to moms and dads. Watch and see why Chicago Parent magazine resonates with local parents.

Chicago Parent’s Background

Our story began when two Chicagoland moms — one an empty nester, the other newly pregnant — joined forces to create a publication just for local parents. That was 1984.  Since then, Chicago Parent has grown into a nationally recognized, award-winning website and magazine, complete with active social media communities and popular events including our Camp Fair. All along, we’ve remained proudly independent and fiercely committed to connecting you with the very best expert advice, stories on parenting trends and issues and ways to enrich your experience as a mom or dad.

“You see that you’re not alone. Chicago Parent makes me feel like I’m part of a group. Even when I’m struggling, it really makes me feel like I’m part of a larger group of moms. And it helps me see that not everyone is perfect. And that’s OK. That’s what I like about Chicago Parent.”

— Lori, Chicago

“There are a number of parenting resources. But it’s nice to have one that is specific to our area, to the businesses that we pass, to our geography, to our landmarks, to our parks, to the clubs that we want to sign up for. And that’s why I like to read Chicago Parent.”

— Matt, Evanston

A Community Designed Around You

As parents, we get it. You’re tired, you’re busy, you’re in desperate need of a glass of vino, but you’re hopelessly in love with your mini, and watching them grow up — in Chicagoland, no less — is what makes your heart swell. Ours, too! That’s why we create our content with the best of the best in mind: the coolest play places, the hippest coffee joints, the yummiest restaurants (kid-friendly and date night-worthy), the most exciting museum exhibits, the most memorable vacations and so much more. Whether it’s the hot landmarks, the hidden gems or simply the things that keep you up at night, Chicago Parent is filled with places and people who get you.