Parenting Tips: The Decision to Parent in the City

If you are a parent raising a child in Chicago, a soon-to-be parent or even considering having children, you have probably gotten a lot of advice from family and friends about parenting in the city. Some may suggest that you get a different, likely larger, place to live, move to a new location, potentially outside... Read more »

Social Emotional Development

A tremendous amount of attention is paid to promoting intellect in children. In Chicago and other large cities across the country, parents find it necessary to compete to get children into good preschools, standardized tests are common place throughout grade school/middle school and there is an exorbitant amount of pressure on kids in the 8th... Read more »

The Lorax and The Hunger Games Hit Chicago: How these Books and Movies Promote Good Parenting, Enhance Child Development, and Support Family Connections

The month of March was ushered in by the Lorax and takes its leave with the Hunger Games. These two books, turned movies, are capturing the attention of children and teens across Chicago. Kids are excited and they are talking about it. The Lorax, with its vibrant colors, bold animation, and lovable characters (so fitting... Read more »
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Holiday Shopping in Chicago: Toys that Promote Child Development

With the holidays fast approaching, Chicago parents often wonder what the best toys are for children to help promote their development.  Nowadays, stores offer a range of computerized and electronic toys, games and gadgets as well as educational videos and interactive books for children. While some of these items can enhance learning, there are a... Read more »

Summer in the City - Where's My Kid?

Summer in the City - Where's My Kid?
Summer is finally here! People are out and Chicago is bustling. For some Chicago parents, summer is exciting because the kids are out of school; for others, it is overwhelming for this very same reason. Whatever your stance, summer also tends to be a time when parents contemplate their relationships with their children, especially those... Read more »

IMPROV CLASS FOR THE SOUL: WHAT IS FREQUENCY? by Rachel Hamill

Can warring mutants, un-potty-trained babies, stars, and earthworms all co-exist?  Yes, but not in the same place.  They are not supported by the same environments and sustenance.  Warring mutants need each other, a battle, and a reason to fight.  Un-potty-trained babies need diapers, an impatient parent, and grade school looming.  Stars need the outer space... Read more »
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IMPROV CLASS FOR THE SOUL: 2 for 1 BLAME & SPINELESS by Rachel Hamill

WHO IS TO BLAME              Who is the Agressor                            Who is the Victim                      Who is the Harrasser  –  Who is Harrassed                                            I can only fix me If I say I am to Blame then I get it half right, because there are many things out of my control that I can not fix.  But I can fix... Read more »

Why Should I Attend My Condo Association Meetings?

Once you’ve purchased a Chicago luxury condo, you’ll want to attend your condo association meetings. But why you ask? We all have very busy schedules, and finding time to attend our condo meetings is usually not top priority. While this may not seem like the most exciting way to spend your Wednesday evening, attending these... Read more »

Best Questions to Ask When Looking For an Apartment

Best Questions to Ask When Looking For an Apartment
Buying or renting a new home can be one of the most exciting, opportunistic times of your life, but it can also be a most frustrating and overwhelming experience.  If you are looking to rent apartments in Chicago, it is vital to know what exactly you’re getting for your money. Here is a list of... Read more »
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IMPROV CLASS FOR THE SOUL: MIRACLES 101 by Rachel Hamill

No one talks about the technology of religion without stuffing you full of antiquated he said, she said.  How do you make new things that never were?  How do you find perfect functioning in an emergency and not fold?  What are the rules of accountability – what will you pay for? Miracles are the manifestation... Read more »