The best part about going back to school is back to school shopping. And by best, we mean the only redeeming quality. Try these haute kid’s boutiques to send your youngsters off in style. The popular kids would approve. You’ll be the coolest mom on the playground.
Created by two moms amidst the joyous chaos that is Motherhood (late feedings, feather boas, impressions of zombies and love), Psychobaby was born as your one-stop shop for cool, crazy kids’ stuff. Tired of constantly running from place to place for their kids, the idea was to create a shopping experience that would be fun for kids and adults alike that had cool stuff for babies and big kids.
1630 N. Damen Ave. 773.772.2815. http://www.psychobabyonline.com
Eco-friendly is not just a trend for adults anymore. Make sure your youngins are fashion forward with fair trade attire. Consistent with their mission, the Green Genes floor and counter are crafted out of bamboo and kirei board, a beautiful architectural element created from leftover stalks of the sorghum plant.
5111 N. Clark St. 773.944.9250. www.green-genes.com
Bullfrogs and Butterflies
“The Children’s Lifestyle Store,” Bullfrogs and Butterflies offers a wide range of children’s items from cute tees for expecting moms to trendy diaper bags for dads.
2124 W. Division St. 773.661.1632. www.bullfrogsandbutterfliesshop.com
The Red Balloon Co.
The Red Balloon Co. offers a wide selection of children’s clothing, books, toys, and room accessories–all selected to bring out the wonderful and whimsical qualities that make childhood so special.
2060 N. Damen Ave. 773.489.9800. www.theredballoon.com
Owned by a shoe buyer for Nordstrom and an interior designer, Piggy Toes carries the largest selection of European children’s footwear in Chicago, includes such designers as: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Aster, Babybotte, Blue Bottle, BMS, Camper, Garvalin, Geox, Faro, Kenzo, Miss Sixty, Mod8, Moki, MP, Naturino, Nowa Li, O&I, Oilily, Palladium, Peche d’amour, Donald Pliner Kids, Reef, Replay, Ricosta, Roberto Cavalli, Shoe Be Doo, Sonnet, Tretorn, Tsukihoshi, Uggs, Umi, and Venettini. This little piggy will be happy to go to the market.
2205 N. Halsted. 773.281.5583. http://www.ptoes.com/