Whether you’re raising kids in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, River North, the South Loop, or another great section of Chicago, you should expect to pay a nanny between $16 and $20 per hour, depending on the number of kids you have and your nanny’s level of experience.
What to pay in a Chicago Nanny Share
Want to save money on your Chicago nanny? A Nanny Share is a great way to hire a high quality, attentive, and loving nanny at a reduced cost. In a Nanny Share, both families will pay about 2/3rd of the going rate in your area. Nanny Share nannies typically earn more per hour since they are working with two families and are more flexible around the needs of two families. So, say the going rate for a nanny in your Chicago community is $16, both families will pay about $10 an hour, making your monthly child care expense a lot more digestible.
How to find a Nanny Share in Chicago
You’ll want to find a compatible, local family (through a site like Nanny Lane), and then interview your nanny candidates together. Ideally, you and the other family will have a similar budget and somewhat similar weekly schedule, although one benefit of Nanny Share is the flexibility you can enjoy here. You’ll also want to find someone who is adventurous and willing to do the fun outings Chicago is known for. Look for someone who is up for taking kids to places like the Field Museum, Brookfield Zoo, and Millennium Park.
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