North Shore Newsletter

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We're two local moms helping North Shore parents navigate the perils of scheduling  (one newsletter at a time). 

 Photo Credit: The Incredible Erin Aiston

Photo Credit: The Incredible Erin Aiston

How did two West Coast natives end up in the Midwest?

They’re still not sure… but there’s no denying their shared love for raising kids on Chicago’s North Shore. When Maggie & Megan first moved here they struggled to take advantage of everything the North Shore had to offer. With young kids at home, organizing each day was a challenge so anticipating future activities felt overwhelming (Polar Express Train rides book in July?!).

Over the years, Maggie & Megan realized they weren't alone. Parents needed multiple resources just to find activities right outside their front door. We all loved time with our kids but found it impossible to schedule that time. So in 2017, Maggie & Megan founded North Shore Newsletter (NSNL): the definitive curated list for family friendly activities on Chicago’s North Shore.

Maggie & Megan designed NSNL as a one-stop shop for information on local activities and local haunts that keep the North Shore bumping. It's never been easier to make time for fun.

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We keep our eyes open for local discoveries so you can focus on what matters most – time with loved ones.

July 2018

The North Shore comes alive on the 4th of July. This issue includes a complete field guide to your #NorthShoreFourth. New here? Welcome! Our August issue includes a "Newbie" PlayList for a quick start to the North Shore. Click the resources in the PlayList for suggestions on everything from workouts with child care to window treatments. 

June 2018

We're easing into summer with a new feature we like to call NSNL PlayLists, our short guides to local resources. Planting a family garden? Try our NSNL & The Organic Gardener PlayList. Father's Day planning? Bob's PlayList to the rescue. Biking the Green Bay Trail? Find our GBT PlayList at The Grand soon or download it here, it's a kid-friendly guide to GBT access points, playgrounds, & bathrooms. 

May 2018

When the Village turned on the water fountains this Tuesday it finally felt like spring. For May, we are giddy about trolls  •  NSNL on Instagram •  curbside pick up for Target app orders  •  50¢.

Summer is fast approaching – "Are you ready for it?" (Taylor Swift, Solider Field June 2)

April 2018

If you're like us, April is your last chance to accomplish anything before end-of-school-year insanity begins. Dreaming of starting summer with a clean slate but don't have time to read Marie Kondo – let alone enact her magical art of cleaning up? Don’t panic! This issue shares our favorite local resources to reduce, reuse, and recycle your way to an organized abode. From repurposing luxury goods with Boris, a mysterious local craftsman, to planting your own vegetable garden, this issue will help you tee up summer '18 like a pro.

March 2018

No matter how successful you’ve been at making your home a hygge haven, for sanity-sake we all need to keep moving in winter. Here are some ideas for those days when you just need an adventure for the entire family (Maple Syrup Hike anyone?)

February 2018

Groundhog be damned. Spring is almost here. With only 7 weeks until Spring Break, we're sending a list of our favorite boredom busters, from the best local dining spots for the family to awesome indoor gyms where kids can run free. 

Personally, we can't wait to take the kids to Chicago Athletic Association's Game Room. Did you know it's open to ALL ages!? 

January 2018

Happy New Year! This year we resolve to register for summer camp on time, visit a museum (Museum Week 2018), and get fit with friends. Our friends at FUNDAY extended our reader discount through January (just mention NSNL for 10% off) – even more incentive to check out Soul Cycle in 2018.

Winter Break

This week, we are psyched to announce that on Saturday a boutique childcare spot will open at Old Orchard, FUNDAY (psst our readers get 10% off when you mention North Shore Newsletter Dec. 18 - 21).  Check out our list of winter break activities and registration deadlines.  As always, our goal is to make it easier to spend time with your loved ones.

December 2017

Our inaugural issue was packed with a holiday activity guide including visits with Santa, polar express rides, carols, and winter registration deadlines.