Forget massive, stuffy malls or big box stores for
fall shopping-head to trendy North Southport Avenue in Lakeview for
a day of retail therapy and fun for the whole family. From kids and
baby clothes to entertaining stops along the way to burn off some
energy, Southport has everything parents need for a productive
family stroll without even one whiny "Are we done yet?"
Got a princess in your royal family? Then don't
miss The Princess Club (3300 N.
Southport) for tutus and dance attire for even the most discerning
ballerina. Little princes won't mind a pit stop here either, as the
store stocks a few toys that appeal to the rough-and-tumble
Maternity and baby
For those with a bun in the oven or young children,
Krista K Maternity + Baby boutique (3530 N.
Southport) ensures moms-to-be and their offspring look runway fresh
with the hippest in maternity wear, onesies and stylish toddler
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the large selection of
rugged clothing and footwear for babies and up at the
outdoorsy Uncle Dan's (3551 N.
Southport). Carrying brands like Patagonia, The North Face and
Marmot, Uncle Dan's ensures kids stay warm and dry all winter long
without hibernating, and camping gear abounds for the Cub Scout in
Time for a trim?
Someone in the gang looking a bit straggly? Stop in for a
trim at Snippets (3724 N. Southport)
where no appointment is necessary and children pick from Barbie,
Lightning McQueen or Thomas the Train-themed barber chairs while
enjoying an animated show of their choice. Don't leave without some
tot-friendly hair products and accessories like adorable handmade
headbands and ribbons.
Petite Feet (3715 N. Southport) has boots for
even the tiniest tootsies. Brands like the sparkly but practical
Lelli Kelly light up this upscale establishment that also offers
precious baby items and memorable shower gifts.
For your canine
Don't forget Fido! Stop in at
Dogaholics (3657 N. Southport) so your pooch
doesn't feel left out (or bring him-lots of Southport venues are
dog-friendly). Then spoil him with an organic canine-friendly cake,
a new luxury dog house or a Cubs jersey made just for pups (yes,
Want to reward the little ones for being such patient
shoppers? Pop into Sensational Bites
(3751 N. Southport) for a mouth-watering signature flower
cupcake or a double doozie (scads of thick vanilla icing stuffed
between two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies). Or if your tot
prefers a sucker for their sweet tooth, head to
Candyality (3425 N. Southport), housing a
dizzying array of bulk candies such as jelly beans, salt water
taffy and old-school jaw breakers.
Time to run off that sugar! If the weather allows, pop
into Sheil Park (3505 N. Southport) where
the up-to-date playground offers a slide, plenty of equipment to
climb on and a gigantic blackboard complete with chalk. If it's
raining (or even if it's not) pay-to-play at Explore
and Much More (3827 N. Southport), a two-story dream
playroom with a children's museum atmosphere including a bounce
house, costumes and a climbing wall.
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