Summer Isn’t Over Just Yet! Finish the Summer Strong with Children Events in the City

Summer is slowly coming to an end, but the children summer events in Chicago are still in full swing. I have rounded out a list of some of our favorite kids events in the city for $10 dollars or less.

  1. Sing Along at Lincoln Park ZooР Children can sing, dance, and clap along with Mr. Singer every Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 and 10 a.m. in the Main Barn of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo. Mr. Singer will play original songs and classic sing alongs. There is always a wide range of ages, children bring their own instruments and can request songs as well. The best part is after the concert, you can visit the petting zoo, feed the cows and goats and then have a picnic at Green City Market (Wednesdays only). All FREE!
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    Green City Market on Wednesdays (Our House Pizza)

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    Noah had so much fun at our picnic at Green City Market

    2. Monica & Andy-¬†¬†Miss Alexis from¬†Bubbles Academy¬†performs every Tuesday from 10:30- 11a.m., at the Monica and Andy store at 2038 N. Halsted. If you haven’t seen a Miss Alexis concert, we love her! She has sing alongs with small musical instruments. props and is overall very engaging! She will explain how each song helps learning in different stages of development and even incorporates sign language into her performance.

    Noah is 18 months and he is one of the oldest that attends, so I think this might be more for babies and crawlers. Although, he loves it and we will continue to go. $10 dollars.

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3. Whole Foods- Lincoln Park At the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market on 1550 North Kingsbury Street, there is FREE Bubbles Academy children’s concert every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m with Miss Alexis. I always like this Whole Foods because it is large and has lots of parking available.

At the Whole Foods in Lakeview on 3201 N. Ashland Avenue, Sarah Jane performs every Thursday from 10-10:30am on the Porch. It does very crowded, so I recommend going early. TIP: They sometimes give out yummy snacks for the kids too.

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4.¬†The StoryBook Mom-¬†¬†The StoryBook mom is an interactive read aloud is for all ages. This is great way to introduce young children to theatre, storybooks, music and engage their senses in an immediate and interactive way.¬†She performs at various locations across the city.¬†Monday’s at¬†Shop Little Threads¬†in Roscoe Village on 2033 W. Roscoe at 10:30am. She is also at Monica & Andy and Purple Monkey Playroom¬†on Wednesdays. All the weekly performances are FREE.¬†

5.¬†Park at Wrigley¬†–

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Photo Courtesy of Park at Wrigley

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Wiggleworms, performs every Tuesday at 10-10:45am, except on game days. It is an interactive performance with music, movement and dancing. They will even have shakers, bubbles, singing, dancing and more. It is geared toward children 6 and younger along with their caregivers.

There are so many more events across the city like FREE classes at Home Depot, or FREE bowling Kids Bowl .Jump on the Water Taxi for $6-9 dollars (depending on the distance) or all the FREE family and child friendly events at Maggie Daley Park. 

Let me know what you think!

~xoxo~

Christine

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Picnic Essentials

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Sunday Funday Brunch with my “Squad”

We had so much fun this past weekend for brunch at Warehouse Pizzeria in Lincoln Park on 1419 W Fullerton Ave. Their breakfast pizza is one of my favorites! My Brunch Squad sweatshirt is from Old Navy last year, but you can find a similar version here BRUNCH SQUAD Womens crewneck tee in black - Medium.Or here is the children version unisex-child BRUNCH SQUAD Funny Foodie T-Shirt 8 Baby Blue

Happy Sunday!

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Quest for the Best *Thin Pizza Only

There are a few things that can get me out of the house during winter hibernation or away from my summer Netflix and Chill; pizza,  wine and maybe a manicure. If I’m desperate enough.

There are so many good places in Chicago to eat a good slice, but I can’t stand deep dish. Except, maybe when I’m hungover. Or pregnant. One of those happens more than the other.  But really, I’m a thin crust kind of girl. I have narrowed it down to just three, but there are so many more options in the city. Read more at CGL Food

A Stroll down Southport Corridor (adults only)

The Southport Corridor may be known for strollers, moms and boutiques, but recently, there has been a surge in places for adults to play. So ditch those strollers, grab a glass of wine, and take a peek into some adult friendly places popping up on the Southport Corridor.

Coda Di Volpe-  Boasting Southern Italian fare like pizza, steak and seafood, they are most known for their Neapolitan pizza that comes with a side scissors to cut your own slices. This swanky spot has a great wine list, but an even better cocktail menu. The blood orange is not only pretty, its delicious and perfect way to start your meal. As for food, my absolute favorite is the goat cheese with beets appetizer. I usually never order beets, but you CANNOT miss this dish.

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Coda di Volpe

Next, pizza! The Funghi and Diavolo pizza is delicious, but really, they all look fantastic. All the pastas are made in-house and the chef curates all the meat for charcuterie boards. The decor is contemporary and cool with a trendy crowd.¬† It’s perfect for date night or a night out with the ladies. No need to head downtown anymore!¬†Coda Di Volpe¬†

Ella Elli- The newest addition to the 4 star restaurant group, is the wine bar, Ella Elli. This sexy, romantic spot is so swanky, I felt like I had been transported downtown to a fancy hotel in River North. The oversized lanterns, fireplace and couches, make for THE perfect date night spot.

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Ella Elli

The wine list is extensive, but Pinot Noir Rose by Willamette Valley really added greatness to my experience. The cheese board and toasts was presented beautifully and paired well with the wine. FullSizeRender(10)

Ella Elli is a great place to start or even end your night at with their variety of desserts. Who needs the the Four Seasons, when Ella Elli has hit Southport.

With so many options now on Southport, there is really something for everyone. Go check them out and let me know what you think!

Until next time..

~xoxo~

Christine

 

CGL Food: My Top 5 BYO Spots

BYO (bring your own booze, beer or wine) is one of those great restaurant qualities that so many seek out when dining. When I lived in New York City in my twenties, I couldn’t believe that there weren’t any BYO options, especially since everyone I knew was on a tight budget. Chicago has an abundance of BYO options ranging from casual to upscale dining. I have rounded up a list of my favorite spots throughout the city.¬† Read more on CGL Food

Serious About Pizza (no deep dish here)

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Lasagna pizza at Coalfire

The only thing that could get me out of the house during my winter hibernation are three things. Pizza, ¬†wine and maybe a manicure. If I’m desperate enough. There are so many good places in Chicago to eat a good slice, except I can’t stand deep dish. Except, maybe when I’m hungover. Or pregnant. One of those happens more than the other. ¬†But really, I’m a¬†Neapolitan and thin crust kind of girl. Check out some of my favorite places.

In the heart of Lincoln Park, Pizzeria da Nella¬†has not only amazing pizza, the outdoor patio for the warmer months is a hidden gem. The Neapolitan pizza is similar to Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood and that’s because the owner used to work there. It is very family friendly and easy to bring my little one. Their kids menu includes a Mickey Mouse pizza. He’s too young for¬†pizza now, but you can make a bet his first pizza experience will be here and it will be the shape of Mickey. My favorite here is the burrata and Diavola pizza, nice and spicy ūüĆ∂, but really their salads and pasta are legit too. Hint- Margherita Mondays $7 dollars

With two locations, ¬†Coalfire pizza in Lakeview and West Town, this pizza ia best know for their whipped mountains of ricotta. It’s a thin, cracker crust and they have some unique pies like Lasagna and Pistachio Pesto, there is something for everyone. They use all locally sourced ingredients and serve Bang Bang pie dessert. It’s a win, win really.

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Diavola pizza at Nella

Head over to Osteria La Madia¬†on Grand Avenue in River North. A modern, trattoria kind of place, but definitely not pretentious. More of a date night kind of place, think low lighting and lots of wine.¬†This pizza has a thin, chewy crust and the best here is their pepperoni. Oh my, is it mouth watering ūüôÄūüôÄ.

They also have a wild mushroom bruschetta that I could eat for an entire meal. There a many vegetarian options, if that’s your thing here.

Some other spots for thin crust are Mama Milanos and Sono Wood Fire in Old Town and Lou Malnatis (duh).

Until next time!

~xoxo~ CGL