By Amy Bizzarri
Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue is the place to shop ‘til you drop. From high-end boutiques to funky fashion hotspots, there’s a shop to satisfy everyone. Even kids will find a shop or two that meets their wildest shopping dreams. Here are my top seven picks for fun and kid-friendly shops on the Magnificent Mile.
The LEGO Store at Water Tower Place
Hour: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This store will feel like a dreamscape for any LEGO loving kid. A grand selection of all things LEGO is surveyed by a massive LEGO snake slithering from above and salespeople will help you find the most age appropriate set, and the Pick-a-Brick wall features LEGO pieces for purchase in bulk. Kid-level building tables allow kids to test out their LEGO skills and try out new sets.
Galt Toys + Galt Baby
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This British import of a boutique offers top quality kids toys and baby gear. Classical wooden play sets, MOMA-worthy trikes, and science discovery kits are among the many education-centered toys on display. Designer brand baby gear is also available, including products by Bugaboo, Keekaroo, and UPPAbaby. This is the place in town to do gift shopping: complimentary gift-wrapping and personalized cards are offered for each and every purchase.
Mini Me is your one-stop shop for designer kids clothes. Shop ‘til you drop with your little Prince or Princess in mind: you’ll find baby and children’s clothes from notable clothes designers such as Moschino, Michael Kors, Sonia Rykiel, Lilly Pulitzer, Bonpoint, and Marc Jacobs.
You’ll find everything from rocker T’s to elegant party dresses at this unique kid’s clothing, toys and books at this hip kid’s boutique, dreamed up by ten local designers. Don’t forget to treat your little girl to a princess updo or a mini mani-pedi at the in-store salon.
Marbles: The Brain Store
More than 200 brain-boosting games are looking for families at this unique store. The salespeople: a.k.a. “Brain Coaches,” will help you find the right game for your brain type and are specialists in matching special needs kids to challenging and fun games.
American Girl Place Chicago at Water Tower Place
Grab your favorite doll and head over to this little-girl paradise filled to the brim with American Girl dolls and all of their coveted books and accessories. The doll hair salon caters to dolls looking for party up-do’s or home haircut disaster repair, and a cafe featuring live entertainment offers brunch, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and parties.