This is a fun Barnes & Noble to hang out at. The cafe area upstairs gets very busy and there is a "no loitering" sign posted. There is a full selection of magazines to browse through as well as everything you know and love about Barnes and Noble bookstores. There is an active children's storytime at this location and it's fun to meet other moms here.
Great for toiletries and home decor items. However, I've found that the children's clothing section is lacking in the basics. They have many great party dresses for girls but don't carry good pajamas, plain pants, shorts, and t-shirts, etc. I have tried their photo studio and was very happy with the results, although you had to wait almost a month to get the portraits back.
This store carries everything you would find at your favorite salon, however, there is usually a 15-20% off coupon in the Sunday Trib that can save you tons of money. There is also a frequent shopper card program that can save more over time.
Beautiful, well-tailored clothing for women and children. A little-known fact is that Talbot's carries heirloom-quality Christening outfits for children.
If you go on a weekend or holiday, expect huge crowds, long lines, and overall congestion. To enjoy this great aquarium, try to go early on a weekday. There is general admission plus seperate fees to see special exhibits, pay to see the dolphin show as it is well worth it. Get to the dolphin show a little early to ensure good seats as they do fill up fast. The shark exhibit is cool but gets really crowded. If you get clausterphobic in large crowds do not visit Shedd on a busy day. You can get lost in this museum, it seems hard to get from one place to another like everything is a maze and the staff ropes off certain places unexpectedly for crowd control.
This museum is a great destination for all ages. There is a large water-table area for kids to splash around in, a giant taxidermy/stuffed polar bear, tons of local swamp reptiles on exhibit, a seperate toddler play/activity area, special exhibits, an indoor butterfly exhibit that's incredible, a pretty decent cafe with beautiful views of Chicago parkland, etc. etc. You can take out a museum pass from any Chicago Public Library and go free for one week. There is usually free street parking out front if you arrive early.
Most people know and love the Art Institute but don't know that if you have a baby or toddler, you can still enjoy this great institution as a child-friendly destination. Everything is handicapped-accessible, the security guards are friendly, and there is so much for a little person to see. Put away your baby Einstein stuff and take your little one to see the real thing. The open floor plan makes for great exploring, and the cafeteria downstairs is bright, clean, has high chairs and has many good food choices for kids.
This is a great store! They carry unique, vintage-looking women's clothing, as well as toiletries, vintage-y household items, and gift items. If you are looking for something special to complement your boring wardrobe, it's worth a visit.
Gymboree Clothing is high-quality and very appealing. The size system can be confusing - it's either XXS, XS, S, M, or L. What does that mean? I like the 0-3 month, 3-6 month, 18-24 month, etc. system much better. But, this is still a really nice place to shop for children's clothing.
Your typical Borders store, located in the heart of Lakeview. The cafe area on the street level is always packed! Once people sit down w/their coffee, book and Ipod, they seem to stay for the entire day or night. Lots of students go there to study. There are hardly any other places to sit in the store, so if you find a book or magazine you want to browse through, you have to sit on the floor. Otherwise the selection is well-presented and it's a nice bookstore to walk around and enjoy.