Yesterday, I set out with Chiara in her buggy to El Cid, a fun Mexican restaurant in Logan Square, where a friend of mine was hosting a baby shower for another friend of mine. I had a couple of stops to make along the way: I needed some croissants and I needed a gift for said shower (running last minute in the gift department as usual...).
Thank God for play, a cute-as-a-button new toy store on the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Blvd.. I had passed by countless times, but never found a moment to step in, and yesterday play delighted my daughter (and me - I found a cute, affordable gift for my friend, and it was sweetly gift wrapped - for free -and tied up with colorful ribbons). What a treat it is to have a full-service toy store featuring QUALITY, affordable toys and helpful salespeople - within walking distance from home! This means that I'll never have to step foot into a Toys'RUs again (!!!) Chiara wanted to bust out of her buggy and play with everything - she happily cuddled with a wide selection of ugly dolls.
Next door to play you'll find the dueling New Wave Coffee and La Boulangerie, both of whom are currently engulfed in Chicago's War of the Croissants. I am forced to side with La Boulangerie, because it manages to transport me to Paris via flaky, buttery croissant. I can't resist their pain au chocolat, either.