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Babies R Us
Visit babiesrus.com for locations
*Gift registry
 

The omnipresent baby superstore carries baby furniture, car seats, strollers, baby gear galore, as well as day-to-day necessities like formula, diapers, and clothing.

 
Beanstalk
654 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-8300
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*Classes and events
 

Beanstalk combines practicalities like strollers and high chairs with fun merch like pedal cars and Y Bikes. Shop strollers from Maclaren and Phil and Ted’s, Mamaroo bouncers, baby carriers, feeding and bath products, baby clothes from Hatley, and a great selection of toys like old school Paddington Bear and Raggedy Ann dolls. And feel free to bring the kids along—there’s plenty of room to maneuver strollers and children are encouraged to play with toys before buying.

 
Burlington Coat Factory
Visit burlingtoncoatfactory.com for locations
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The main store carries kid’s clothing, shoes, and toys at up to 60 percent off, as well as coats from the likes of Osh Kosh B’Gosh and London Fog. The Baby Depot superstore stocks all the baby essentials from strollers and cribs to layette and baby bottles at discounted prices.

 
Buy Buy Baby
580 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, 847-884-2023
1556 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, 630-705-0823
290 Orland Park Pl., Orland Park, 708-403-2575
5540 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, 815-459-4861
*Gift registry
*Free gift wrap
 

The baby superstore owned by Bed, Bath, and Beyond carries everything a baby could ever possibly need (and some it might not.) Baby furniture, bedding, gear, car seats, high chairs, swings, toys, clothing, and everyday basics for diapering, feeding, and bathing the baby.


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Galt Toy + Galt Baby
The 900 Shops, 900 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-440-9550
1915 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, 773-327-9980
Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, 847-329-7712
*Gift registry
*Free gift wrap
*Delivery service available
 

Furniture, strollers, and baby gear with a more modern bent than typical baby stores. Mod cribs and bassinets are stocked from Oeuf ($590 to $940), Stokke, and Nurseryworks; strollers from BOB, Bugaboo, and Orbit Baby; car seats from Britax and Graco; and activity centers, baby carriers, baby swings, and high chairs. The product expertise in-store is unparalleled. The toy assortment ranges from classic (arts and crafts, blocks, doll houses, train sets) to the truly inspired, like the Little Nest Giddy UP chair ($695), a replica of the 1973 Pony chair by Eero Aarnio. Check out the online outlet for deals.

 

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JC Penney
Visit jcpenney.com for locations
*Gift registry
 

Moderately priced kid’s wear from Levi’s, Arizona, Carter’s, and Osh Kosh B’Gosh, shoes from Converse and Skechers, toys from Fisher Price, Melissa and Doug, and Radio Flyer, and a well-stocked baby furniture and gear shop—cribs, rockers, Graco car seats, and high chairs.


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Lazar’s Juvenile Furniture
6557 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, 847-679-6146
*Gift registry
*Delivery available
*Design consultations
 

Family owned since 1917, Lazar’s is the local alternative to big box baby stores with all the furniture and gear necessary to outfit a nursery. The 9,000 sq. ft. showroom carries a wide array of hardwood, quality baby furniture, car seats (Britax and Peg Perego), strollers (Baby Jogger, BOB, Graco, Teutonia), high chairs, bedding, and diaper bags. Nursery design consultations are available. Conveniently, the showroom offers private nursing rooms and changing tables.


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Sears
Visit sears.com for locations
*Gift registry
 

Sears carries baby gear from Eddie Bauer, Jeep, Cosco, and Graco, among others, as well as a full line of baby furniture. For babies, shop clothing from Carter’s and Disney, and for older kids, from Levi’s, Joe Boxer, and Bongo. (See also, Lands’ End.)


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Target
Visit target.com for locations
*Gift registry
 

The baby department at Target varies by store but registries can be supplemented online. Essentials include Britax and Graco car seats, strollers, nursery furniture, bedding, tubs, gates, diapers, and bottles. Clothing from Circo, Dwell Studio, and designer collaborations like Harajuku Mini make the kiddie threads stand out. The toy assortment is store dependent, but most cover the basics from LeapFrog, Lego, and Mattel. The $1 racks are treasure troves of small toys, perfect for bribing the young traveler or potty trainee.


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Walmart
Visit walmart.com for locations
*Gift registry
 

Love it or hate it, the fact remains that prices are often hard to beat at Walmart. Baby essentials run from nursery furniture, strollers, and car seats to everyday basics like food, diapers, toys, and clothing.