I love to support businesses and services that are local, environmentally friendly, and parent or family owned. Below are some of my personal favorites.

Two Chicago locations: Wicker Park – 2130 W. Division & Lakeview – 3306 N. Lincoln Ave. Offers specialty toys, games, and books for all ages.

Vanessa Feuerstein in Brookfield offers 10 weeks of natural childbirth classes; 3 week comprehensive private classes also available.

1500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago. Kids Science Labs (KSL) offers hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips for kids ages 2-12.


Just Peachy Photography is located in Palatine (Northwest suburbs) and specializes in on-location photography of young children.

25 S. Ashland Ave, La Grange. Homemade ice cream made on premises. Tates offers craft & scoops, parties, & contests.

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