Shopping in Chicago

Building Blocks Toy Store

Address 3306 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 Map, Tel (773) 525-6200 Call, Transit Paulina (Brown), Hours Mon-Fri 10-7; Sat 9:30-6:; Sun 9:30-5

This old fashioned toy store focuses on toys without a lot of flashing lights. Expect to find handcarved wooden blocks, Playmobil, Corelle, and more. more

Camelot Children's Kingdom

Address 1155 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 Map, Tel 773.525.7706 Call,

This brand-new children's store was still setting up during our visit. The racks are packed with European fashions for babies, toddlers and young children. Take the time to leaf through and you're sure to find something adorable (if pricy), or ask the friendly staff for help. The is a small play area and a few toys where kids can unwind as you work your way through the clothing more

Chicago Kids Bookstore

Address 3453 N Southport, Chicago, Illinois 60657 Map, Tel (773) 227-6950 Call, Hours Closed Monday Website

The owner of this store has a PhD in children's psychology and a love of giving back to the community that seems to influence everything this store does. From the great selection of books to children's storytimes and literacy camps everything seems to have been done with care and a genuine love of children's literature. The staff has a reputation for great book recommendations. more

Galt Toys & Galt Baby

Address 900 N Michigan Ave, #L5 22, Chicago, IL 60611 Map, Tel (312) 440-9550 Call, Website

If you have forgotten an essential piece of baby gear, this is an excellent place to buy what you need. From strollers to sippy cups and toys, has all the high end baby gear a parent might want. more

Lego Store at Westfield Shoppingtown

Address 520 N Michigan Ave # 300, Chicago, IL 60611 Map, Tel (312) 494-0760 Call, Website

This huge lego store has lego models, an area where kids can play with legos, the best lego selection you'll find anywhere. The store is located inside Westfield Shoppingtown. While you are there, ask for diretions to the two Lego murals inside the mall. more

LMNOP Children's Store

Address 2574 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614-2314 Map, Tel 773.975.4055 Call, Transit El stop: Brown, Purple, Red Line (Lincoln); Bus line: 11, 74, Hours Closed Mon

LMNOP specializes in sophisticated, tasetful children's clothing. Expect to find brands like Flora & Henri and Cakewalk. This is a great place to come if you have a big budget and you are looking for clothing that is fashionable and a little out of the ordinary. There is a small play area in the back to help keep kids busy while you shop. more

Madison & Friends

Address 43 E Oak St, Chicago, Illinois 60611 Map, Tel (312) 642-6403 Call, Website

If imported European clothing or high fashion lines are your style (or your child's), this is the place for you. Expect to find fashionable brands like Diesel, Ella Moss, Lili Gaufrette, and Splendid. There is also a denim store for adults. more

Madison & Friends Outlet

Address 1963 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 Map, Tel 312-943-0436 Call, Hours Call in advance for hours. Closed Mon & Tues

Madison and Friend's two retail stores sell upscale fashion lines & denim for everyone from babies to adults. Their outlet has some real deals on brand names like Diesel, Ella Moss, Lili Gaufrette, and Splendid. more

Piggy Toes Shoe Store

Address 2205 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614 Map, Tel 773-281-5583 Call, Hours Open 7 Days Website

Piggy Toes prides itself on having the largest selection of European children's shoes in Chicago. There is an excellent selection of brands like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Oilily, and Umi. Best of all, kids can play in the small play area while you shop in the adjoining mom-sized shoe area. more


Address 1630 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 Map, Tel (773) 772-2815 Call, Website

If you want to dress your baby more like a hip rockstar and less like a little cherub, this is the store for you. Psychobaby has funky clothes, shoes, modern toys, classic books and accessories for babies, toddlers, and big kids. Located in the Bucktown area of Chicago's near West side, not too far from the Loop more

Red Balloon Company

Address 2060 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Map, Tel 773.489.9800 Call, Transit Blue Line to Damen stop Website

If you visit the funky Bucktown neighborhood, this beautiful chidren's store is worth a stop. You will find upscale children's clothing, books, toys, and room accessories from brands like Zutano and Serena and Lilly. Locals love their "initial tees" in kids and baby sizes. more