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Chicago Dads Group is a diverse community of fathers who take an active role in our children’s lives. We seek to create an online meetup group to bring fathers together in person. We'll meet several times per week, with our kids, at parks, playgrounds, museums, nature centers, and parent-and-me classes across the Chicago-land area, both city and suburbs. We'll also organize parenting workshops and dads-nights-out to give our members an opportunity to socialize, learn, and support each other as we navigate parenthood. There are not enough resources, social groups, or services for dads. This is a destination for active dads! A diverse group with dads of all stripes: Stay At Home Dads, Dads with flexible schedules, work from home dads, freelance dads, working dads, and involved fathers in and around the Chicago-land area to socialize and interact with other guys who enjoy spending quality time with their children.

Please note: this group is strictly for Dads, we understand sometimes wives will join for their significant others but we encourage them to join on their own accord. We want this group to be a comfortable place for Dads to learn and talk about anything dad related.

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Blog/Podcasts: www.CityDadsGroup.com/Chicago

Chicago Dads Group is part of the City Dads Group national organization, a dynamic and diverse community of fathers dedicated to being active in their children’s lives and, by example, redefining what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. We have groups centered around major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. If you have any fatherly friends and/or family who live within a 100-mile raduis of any of the following cities, please do let them know about these other Dads Groups and ask them to join. Find them all here at www.citydadsgroup.com/cities

Upcoming events (3)

Surfside Girls - Advance Screening (Woodridge)

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We have been invited to participate in an advance screening of the first 2 episodes of Apple TV+’s new series SURFSIDE GIRLS next week as follows. You can watch the trailer for the series here.

Thursday, August 18 @ 6:30 PM
Hollywood Blvd Cinema
1001 W 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517
*Complimentary popcorn, candy & soda or water.

RSVP here for the link to sign up for this FREE Advance Screening on 8/17.

Please note these gofobo tickets are "first cone first serve" meaning NOT guaranteed seats like we are used to getting so plan on going early to stand in line. Just wanted to manage everyone's expectations. Thanks!


Release Date: August 19, 2022
Based On: Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point by Kim Dwinell
Episodes: 10 episodes

From WGA Award winner and Daytime Emmy Award nominee May Chan (“American Girl: Corinne Tan,” “The Astronauts”), and based on the bestselling graphic novel series of the same name by author Kim Dwinell, this live-action series is about best friends Sam and Jade as they solve supernatural mysteries in their sleepy California beach town. These best friends must combine their polar-opposite strengths of imagination and logic in order to solve the seemingly supernatural mysteries that hide just beneath the surface of their town.

Starring Miya Cech (“Marvelous and the Black Hole,” “Rim of the World”) and YaYa Gosselin (“We Can be Heroes,” “FBI: Most Wanted”) with Spencer Hermes-Rebello (“Troppo”), “Surfside Girls” is produced by Endeavor Content and IDW Entertainment, and co-developed, written and executive produced by Chan, who also serves as showrunner. Paul Stupin (“Switched at Birth,” “Dawson's Creek”) serves as executive producer. Alex Diaz and Julie Sagalowsky Diaz (“The Shannara Chronicles,” “What's Up Warthogs!”) co-developed and serve as writers and executive producers. America Young (“Roswell, New Mexico,” “Legacies”) directs and executive produces the first two episodes. Lydia Antonini (“Locke & Key,” “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” “October Faction”) also serves as executive producer on the series. Paul Davidson and Jeff Brustrom serve as executive producers on behalf of IDW.

Netflix’s ME TIME - Virtual Advance Screening

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On behalf of Netflix’s upcoming film, ME TIME, streaming on Netflix on August 26. When a stay-at-home dad (Kevin Hart) finds himself with some “me time” for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away, he reconnects with his former best friend (Mark Wahlberg) for a wild weekend that nearly upends his life. You can watch the trailer here.

We have been invited to participate in a virtual advance screening of the film on Tuesday, August 23. The screening link will be valid for 24 hours beginning at 7:30PM CT on 8/23. We will need RSVPs by Tuesday, August 16. (Note the rating of the film below and that this is a film more for the dads than for families.)

RSVP here for the link to sign up for the FREE virtual screening on 8/23.


Netflix Release Date: August 26, 2022
Directed by: John Hamburg
Starring: Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall, Jimmy O. Yang, Luis Gerardo Méndez
Rated R
Length: 1 hour and 41 minutes



Parenting Class ~ Sponsored by: THE THERAPLAY INSTITUTE (Lakeview)

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We have been invited to participate in the September 17 Parenting Class with The Theraplay Institute in Lakeview and the first 8 who RSVP will get discount for a free class ($95 value).

This one-day course is designed to give parents and caregivers tools to reduce unwanted behaviors from their children by building a strong connection with them. Participants will learn and practice methods and activities designed to engage, nurture, challenge, and provide structure to their children. Be prepared to learn and play! This program includes presentation of information, group discussion, and an opportunity to practice Theraplay activities with other participants. Each participant will leave with resource materials to help support their family.
This course will be most directly applicable to parents and caregivers with children under the age of 12, but insights from the course and modifications to activities can be applied to older children as well.
Lunch will be from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Participants are welcome to bring and store their lunch or to go offsite.

RSVP for the discount code to register for this upcoming parenting class.

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Dads' Night Out at Q BBQ Naperville

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