If you weren’t able to make it to last night’s event, you missed out on some great catered food from Pompeii and lots of wisdom from Steve and Sherry Laughlin about living in the city long-term with kids. At the end of the evening we handed out a sheet of paper with just a few follow-up resources on the topic:


It Take a City to Raise a Child” by Tim Keller – This talk by Tim Keller is a must listen to for parents weighing the pros and cons of living in the city! Listen to it sometime soon with your spouse for a date night in.


Schools” – Connecting4Communities is a neighborhood organization working for the betterment of the UIC Area (minus Pilsen). They have a helpful assessment of some of the educational options in the area.


The Urban Christian and A Theology as Big as the City by Ray Bakke – These are two books recommended by Pastor Steve Laughlin that bring up questions of intentionality, presence, and mission as applied to the urban context.

Making Room for Life by Randy Frazee – This is a book that has been influential for Pastor Nathan in thinking through community life and it addresses how to raise kids without going crazy. It’s not explicitly written for an urban context but could be applied very well to it.


Adler Planetarium – January 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28.

Field Museum – January 14-15.

Art Institute of Chicago – Weekdays through February 10.

Shedd Aquarium – January 12-13, 18-20, and 23-27.

Museum of Science and Industry – January 12-16, 19-23, and 26-30.

Chicago History Museum – January 12-15, 19-23, and 26-30.