Parenthood and coffee go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, good
coffee shops and small children often do not. But the newly opened
Café, straddling Lincoln Park and Bucktown, serves up
Intelligentsia coffee with a great play space, finally giving
parents a well-brewed cup of Joe in a place that welcomes little
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Little Beans is, in fact, a play paradise for kids. For a $12
admission charge, kids can go from the main café into a spacious
playroom, where their imaginations (and their legs) can run
Small children can use the imaginative play structures and
costumes to pretend they're fire-fighters, mechanics, or grocers.
They can play a baby, baby-grand in the miniature house or deliver
mail addressed to Mom. An array of scooters, trikes and miniature
cars will keep their legs pumping. And, when they're ready for a
rest, they can check out the well-stocked book nook.
While the shoeless play space appeals most directly to
preschoolers, it also holds appeal for babies and older kids. The
owners wisely created a babies-only area at one end of the large
space. My ten year-old went in the opposite direction to find a
semi-private room with a foosball table and flat screen. He even
talked one of the outgoing employees into a card game. Customers of
all ages are welcome to use the rooms if they are not rented out to
a private group or hosting a Little Beans class.
Little Beans is a terrific spot to meet up with friends. Beyond
good coffee, the café offers breakfast and lunch options, again
appealing to both adults and kids. You and a girlfriend can enjoy a
fresh panini, while at the next table your kids nibble on grilled
cheese. Coffee is allowed in the play space, but for a real treat
you can pay extra to have one of the capable employees watch your
So put on your best pair of socks and indulge your caffeine
craving. Your kids will think it's all about them.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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