A family guide to a day in Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village has a reputation as prime real estate for young families, which also means it's a retail mecca for anyone with kids. The L-shaped stretch of Roscoe Street and Belmont Avenue makes for a walkable day of shopping, fun for parents and little ones alike. Here are some spots to hit. Check the last slide for a map to see just how walkable the village is.

 
 

Bun in the oven

So long, shapeless pregnancy wear! Mamas-to-be will love the chic maternity clothes at Kickin', where's there's not a muumuu to be found. The store is full of sophisticated, yet wearable, outfits for dressing your bump and nursing attire for after your bundle of joy arrives. Bonus: There's a crate of fun toys to keep older kids entertained.

 
 

Too cool for school

Little Threads is the spot for hip kids' clothes. We couldn't resist the "Made in Chicago" and "Midwest is Best" onesies, but also were won over by the on-trend options for older kids. Little ones can browse books or play with toys at a small table while mom and dad browse, or stop by on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for storytime.

 
 

Out to lunch

If you're ready for lunch, head over to John's Place. The restaurant has partnered with Healthy Fare for Kids to offer nutritious options for their pint-sized diners. So while your kids nosh on multi-grain grilled cheese or dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, you can enjoy a refined salad or upscale panini.

 
 

Good jeans

Got a denim diva at home? Then stop by The Denim Lounge, Roscoe Village's answer for everything jean. Hip brands include 7 for All Mankind, True Religion and Scotch & Soda, in shorts, jeggings, skirts and jeans of all types. Plus there are options for parents, too, making this a true denim heaven. Now if only they could find a solution for muffin top.

 
 

Hit the sweet spot

On a hot summer day, it's impossible to resist the gelato and sorbet at Paciugo. The flavors change daily, so they offer tiny tastes to help you choose. Check out the website before you go, where you can search flavors "by mood," from Classic to Exotic. Our favorite? The Tutti Frutti Sorbet, a combination of at least three different fruits that changes from visit to visit.

 
 

Décor and more

Twinkle, Twinkle Little One is brimming with stylish interior design ideas for nursery and beyond. We loved all the unique, personal touches, which also make for one-of-a-kind baby gifts. Even better, expectant parents can create a baby registry, avoiding the big box stores once and for all.

 
 

Time to play

In case its line-up of strollers isn't clue enough, Fellger Park is a great place to blow off steam. There are soft surface playgrounds for tykes and older kids, plus a kid-sized play train. Bring a change of clothes or a bathing suit so your kids can run through the spraypark and not have to go home soggy.

 

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