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Local children’s chainlet The Red Balloon Co. (3651 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-549-9800) opens its third location on Valentine’s Day with face painting, 2 p.m. story and craft hour, and Valentine-making station. The story continues the tradition of well-edited designer children’s clothing, books and gifts in a welcoming, whimsical environment. This third location joins the […]

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a silhouette might just be worth a thousand pictures. Silhouettes have a beautiful vintage feel and capture all the sweet characteristics of a child’s face. “I enjoy bringing out the detail that someone might miss in a photograph—eyelashes, rounded noses, chubby chins, crazy curls,” says Betsy […]

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Local bedding and houseware company Unison (2000 W. Fulton St., Chicago, 877-492-7960) has now opened its studio to the public every Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Unison’s bedding, linens, and fabric mix simple patterns with bold colors, and the studio is the perfect spot to browse and appreciate the plushness of the full line. […]

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Moms With Sass

Every mom needs a friend who tells it like it is. And that’s the basis for Naughty Betty, a cheeky Glencoe-based gift and greeting card company targeted toward moms who can laugh at the often unglamorous truths of parenthood. Naughty Betty is the brainchild of moms Christine Montaquila and Courtney Weinberg, who have both worked […]

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Every parent eventually faces the dilemma of dealing with the endless piles of children’s artwork. And let’s be honest—most of it falls into the “good effort” pile and gets filed away. Sometimes in a circular bin. But what do you do with the best, most meaningful drawings that are just too poignant to stay on […]

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Balloon Pup

Just saw these adorable stuffed animals, courtesy of Racked.com. A collaboration between designer Agga B. and professional balloon artist Jeffrey Berman, these pups are made from mostly recycled materials and last a lot longer than the balloon version. Pup Art, $85, available at Agga B.  

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West Loop-based design shop Unison, known for its minimal, modern, and organic linens, debuted a new baby and kid collection today. Happily, Unison’s foray into the tot market remains true to their much-admired aesthetic, now in whimsical, poppy colors that will liven up any nursery or kid’s room. Below is a sampling of the new […]

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