NUG Park Day Schedule Summer 2015

Park days begin as early as 10:30 and generally wind down by 3. Peak hours are generally 11-2.
In the event of bad weather, we will cancel. If you’re unsure, check in with your pals, check the yahoo group or the NUG Facebook page.
We generally meet near the playground. Bring blankets, lunch for your family and a change of clothes or swimsuits if there are water features to be played in. And, you know, park stuff of your liking-frisbees, tennis rackets, balls, books, kites…..
Also, NUG beach days begin on Fridays at Foster beach as soon as there’s a Friday with beach-worthy weather!!
Beach days start when people get there and end when people leave (can be as early as 10ish and as late as 4:30ish)
We are usually set up between the first two lifeguard towers fairly close to the water. Look for a lot of beach umbrellas clumped pretty close together.
Newcomers welcome! Don’t be shy to introduce yourself!
Hope to see you at the park! And the beach!
For more info about any of these parks (rxcept Field in Norridge and Caldwell Woods in the County Forest Preserve) go to
May 4  Independence Park
3945 N. Springfield (near Irving Park & Pulaski)
May 11  Harold Washington Playlot Park
5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd (near 53rd & Lake Shore Dr.)
May 18 Margate Park 
4921 N Marine Drive (near lake, between Foster and Lawrence)
June 1 Caldwell Woods  (Cook County Forest Preserve)
Enter park north of Devon and east of Milwaukee. Meet at the picnic area
June 8  Maggie Daley Park   
337 E Randolph St
June 15  Osaka Japanese Garden (Jackson Park)
5800 S. Lakeshore Drive – meet in Japanese Gardens
June 22 Holstein Park
2200 N. Oakley (near Western & Fullerton) – POOL
June 29 Chopin Park 
3420 N Long (Long and Roscoe) SPRAY POOL
July 6 Ronan Park 
3000 W Argyle (west of Francisco, north of Lawrence) – NATURE PATH, SCULPTURE GARDEN, FOUNTAIN
July 13 Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton (playground is on Meade near Fullerton) POOL, WATER PLAY AREA
July 20  31st St Beach Park 
3100 S Lake Shore Drive – LAKE
July 27 Norwood Park
5801 N Natoma – POOL, WATER SLIDE
August 3 Portage Park
4100 N. Long (playground is at Irving Park and Central) – POOL
August 10 Humboldt Park 
Aug 17 Gompers Park
4222 W. Foster (near Pulaski) – POOL, LAGOON, FISHING
Aug 24 Wilson Park
4630 N. Milwaukee (just north of Wilson) – WATER SPRINKLER
Aug 31   Welles Park
2333 W Sunnyside (Sunnyside and Lincoln) POOL, SPRAY FEATURE
Sept 7 NO PARK DAY (Labor Day)
Sept 14 Earl J Field Memorial Playground (aka Rocket-ship Park) 
4631 N Overhill,  Norridge (Wilson, West of Harlem)
Sept 21 Maggie Daley Park  
337 E Randolph St
Sept 28  Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt (1 block west of Western Ave.)

Homeschool Family Skate

What: Homeschool family skate
When: Wednesdays, at 11:00 (come 15 min early to rent/put on skates)
            Begins: September 10, 2014
Place:  McFetridge Ice Arena, 3843 N. California Ave, Chicago
Cost:  $9/family
Skate rental is available for an additional fee ($3)
Join us if you can!

Announcement: Family Camping at Covert Park, MI

NUG Family Camping at Covert Park.
Thurs-Sat Sept. 18-20 (reserve 2 or 3 nights, your choice).

We usually camp in the small loop (see map on their site).

The sites currently available for that weekend are #4, 5 and 10-15. Our family will be, as always, in #9.

Also, rustic tent sites, except T8 and T9 are available.

Here’s the website with all the info:

There is usually a potluck dinner one evening.

Please check on the FB page or yahoo group to coordinate with the other attending families.

Announcement: Informal Soccer Game for Homeschoolers

Ever had a dream in which you’re passing a genius ball that sets your team’s striker in a perfect position for a stoppage time winning goal?

……Now imagine what if that same striker is your own child? Or your dear mommy?

A world cup (late) recovery event and a warm-up to the upcoming HYSL new season

What: Non-competitive, multi-age, co-ed, free and very informal game for home school parents and youth (age limit: 6-106). Open for all skill levels: from experienced players to those seeking for fun, exercise and a good company.

When: Tuesday,  September 9th, from 5:30pm to dusk (or until the last player drops)

Where: Jefferson Park grass field: W Lawrence & Linder / 4822 N. Long Ave, Chicago – http://www. Jefferson-Memorial-Park/
Playground + spray in view from the field Food options across street

We’ll have a ball or two, 2 goals and colored jerseys
The only mandatory “to bring” is YOU + your good sports spirit
Cleats and shin guards and a water bottle may be useful but are not mandatory

Note: this event is not part of the HYSL season.
NO registration or RSVP, just come. See you on the field!

Questions and More Details:   Email Yael

Not-Back-To-School Picnic Pot Luck at Foster Beach

WHAT: NUG annual Not Back to School Family Pot Luck Picnic at Foster Beach

WHO: You and your Family, newcomers welcome

WHEN: Friday, September 5, 2014, picnic potluck usually starts around 5 ish

WHERE: On the hill that overlooks Foster Beach

HOW MUCH: free, bring your own utensils and dishes, your family’s dinner and bring a dish or beverage to share

OTHER: after the regularly scheduled beach day, families will set up their chairs, blankets, etc on the hill, and have a potluck picnic

CONTACT: email Nancy or email Juli

keep an eye on the fb page or the email list the week before-usually there is a roll call of who plans to come and what they might bring. if you have a table the group can use to set up food on, that would be great.

This is for the whole family, all ages, new or old homeschoolers, dads too. We usually stay until its dark. Maybe bring a flashlight to help pack up at the end!



Loyola Beach Day (Tuesdays)

Loyola Beach – Greenleaf Avenue Entrance
Tuesdays, starting at noon onward.
Homeschoolers need to stay connected during the summer months too!!! With classes not running (as much) in the summer, Tuesdays becomes a day of sand and water worship. Meet us down at Loyola Beach for some all day sun and fun!
We meet at the **Greenleaf Avenue Entrance**. There is a parking lot with very reasonable hourly rates right in front of the shoreline. When you pull in you will see a playground and the Heartland Café little food hut. Follow the boardwalk between the too down to the water and find a friendly group of homeschoolers camped out in a great location to keep an eye on both the playground and the water at the same time.You can usually find the group by a hoard of umbrellas.
This is also just about 4 blocks from the Morse stop Red Line. And there is free parking on Sheridan and west of Sheridan Road.
Some families will arrive earlier than noon, but we put noon -5:30pm as that is when you will find the bulk of folks there. Feel free to come earlier and stay later!
Happy Summer!

Park Days

Osaka Garden



Hours: 11-2, family activity (not a drop-off)

Bring lunch for your family and, at certain parks, extra clothes, swim
suits and/or towels.
On rainy or super hot days, we’ll cancel. Check email or call before
you go.
July 28 Rehm Park
East Ave. & Garfield in Oak Park (exit 290 at Austin)- POOL
($9 per person)

August 4 Portage Park
4100 N. Long (playground is at Irving Park and Central) – POOL

August 11 Hamlin Park
3035 N. Hoyne (near Diversey & Damen) – POOL

August 18 Harold Washington Playlot Park
5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd (near 53rd & Lake Shore Dr.)

August 25 Unity Park
2636 N. Kimball – WATER SPRINKLER

Sept. 1 NO PARK DAY (Labor Day)

Sept 8 Peterson Park
5801 N. Pulaski (in North Park Village, follow signs to

Sept. 15 Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton (playground is on Meade near Fullerton)

Sept. 22 Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt (1 block west of Western Ave.)

Sept. 29 Maple Park
1105 S. Maple (near Harlem and Roosevelt Rd.), Oak Park
(exit 290 at Harlem)

For more details about these parks, including directions, see

This schedule is subject to change.
For more info contact Wini: