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.
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.
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
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.
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.
On a hot summer day, it's impossible to resist the gelato and
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.
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.
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.