Best kid-friendly coffee and tea houses in Chicago

Sure, we have ideas for outdoor winter fun out the wazoo, but on those days you just can’t bear it, head inside and warm up with a hot cup of something delicious. From coffeehouses where kid craziness is expected, not just tolerated, and tea rooms that serve up classy cups without the sassy sneers, here are our picks for places to warm your buns this winter.

From coffeehouses where kid craziness is expected, not just tolerated, and tea rooms that serve up classy cups without the sassy sneers, here are our picks for places to warm your buns this winter.

Best kid-friendly coffeehouses in Chicago


6 best kid-friendly tea rooms in Chicago

These tea rooms serve up classy cups without the sassy sneers. Here are our picks for places to warm your buns this winter, with kids in tow.

Originating in Britain, afternoon tea can replace lunch or dinner, and includes finger sandwiches, scones and pastries along with a steaming pot of your choice of tea (or coffee if you don’t drink tea). For caffeine-free alternatives, ask for herbal teas, steamed milk, hot chocolate or hot apple cider.


9 Best indoor play places in Chicago

We Chicagoans have to put up with a lot. Freezing spring days, rainy summer days, windy fall days and let’s not even talk about winter. Thankfully, there are loads of indoor playgrounds throughout the city for those times when a day at the park just won’t cut it.

We visited every single one with a 17-month-old girl so you could simply use our guide to figure out the best one for your itty bitty. Click on the title of each location for more details about each one.


10 best indoor play places

12 best indoor play places in Chicago

Whether it’s hot and ridiculously humid or so cold it would put a polar vortex to shame, Chicago’s weather rarely cooperates with what your family has planned. Lucky for Chicago parents, this area is bursting with variety of indoor spots where kids can play and parents can retain their sanity and their clean homes. Here are a dozen of our favorites.

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