Where to Meet Other Moms: Parent Groups, Playgroups, Virtual Meetups, and More

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I recently had a family friend ask where she can meet other moms in the area. None of her friends have children, and she was looking for a group of women she could reach out to for support. There are so many reasons why finding fellow moms is beneficial to the journey of parenthood . . . but sometimes, it can feel just as awkward as navigating the dating scene! You might not know where to start or the best way to forge a lasting relationship.

Luckily, there are so many ways to make this easier. The western suburbs of Chicago are home to thousands of sociable moms and dads looking to connect over their kids, and they’re finding ways to have fun safely during another year of pandemic concerns, with online meetings, outside gatherings and more.

I’m so lucky to have gone through pregnancy not once, but twice, at the same time as two of my best girlfriends. We have been doing play dates with our children since they were born. Not only do those get-togethers give us an outlet to talk about everything we’re experiencing, but we get to watch our children form lasting bonds with each other, just as we have. I have also met so many moms through various kids’ classes and story times. As I gain more experience as a mother, I have more confidence striking up a conversation at the park or play place. Most of the time, they are just as eager to trade stories (or even phone numbers). I always leave feeling glad that I took a step to make the connection.

Parent Groups and Playgroups in the Western Suburbs

While some groups still have in-person meetings on hold, there are still ways to connect online. Groups are hosting Zoom cocktail hours, support group video calls, connecting via social media, and more. So if you’re interested in making connections, check out the groups below and see what they’re offering. (As an added bonus, when in-person gatherings are back in business, you’ll already know some friendly faces!)

Mom/Family Groups

Parent-Child Classes

Classes you take together with your child are a great way to meet parents with kids in the same age and stage! Check out our round-up of local parent-child classes to find one near you.

Local Woman’s Clubs

Woman’s clubs have a long history of bringing women together for philanthropy and activism around local policy issues. You’ll still find many groups active in the suburbs, including:

Newcomer Groups

Newcomer groups are social organizations that organize for all kinds of events. Contrary to the name, you do not need to be a newcomer to the area to join!

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Groups

MOPS programming is available at churches throughout the Western suburbs. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome and these groups often form playgroups. You may also find MOMSNext groups for families with school-aged children.

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Mom Fitness Groups

In Rachel’s article on ways to exercise with kids, she also found lots of mom-centric fitness classes nearby. Here are a few to get you started:

Facebook Parent Groups

Other Ways to Connect

  • Many indoor playgrounds have baby and toddler times where you can meet other parents and start a playgroup. Some of these are still on pause for now or continue to make adjustments as things change, so check their websites for the most current information.
  • Search Meetup.com for groups that reflect your own interests. Don’t limit yourself to mom groups!
  • Check out Bible Study Fellowship classes in our area. Most offer both daytime and evening studies and often include childcare.
  • There are great music and swimming class options in our guide to Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old that you can sign up for with your little ones, especially as things begin opening back up.

Our Kidlist Community Group on Facebook is another great way to connect with local families! See you over there!

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  • Hi Annie! Downes Grove Area Newcomers is a social group with tons of family, kids, women only, and playgroup options. Elmhurst Newcomers and Neighbors does as well.

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  • Elena Parlatore
    September 26, 2018 2:46 pm

    Do you know of any groups for Stay-at-home dads?

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    • We always keep our eyes open for them, but don’t know of any unfortunately. I asked on the Kidlist Facebook page and people commented on wanting a dads group in general, even for working dads, but no one commented with the name of an existing group. Maybe try Meetup? Or searching on Facebook? There needs to be one!

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  • I’m a grandma who nannies my two toddlers in Brookfield; are there playgroups geared towards the “older moms”?

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    • Hi Lori,
      I have been keeping an eye out for any specialty mom groups such as the one you are looking for, but haven’t run across any yet. We will be sure to update this article if any pop up!

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  • Hi Lori, Moms of Brookfield on Meetup has a wide variety of Mom’s not geared towards anyone specifically. Majority of the group are mom’s of toddlers those with older kids are welcome to join but it seems like once the kids hit school age the participation in the group stops. The group is very casual and does lots of just drop in type playdates.

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