Summer Sundays: Andersonville

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Chicago Birth & Baby presents: Summer Sundays, a series covering our favorite family-friendly eats, activities, and events in some of Chicago's most exciting neighborhoods. 

 

This week we're taking a look at Andersonville! Andersonville is a neighborhood on Chicago's north side that has a rich history, and lots of great things to eat, see, and do!

Here is Chicago Birth & Baby's favorite family-friendly spots.

Eats

The Bongo Room

Brunch lovers, this is THE place for you. The Bongo Room offers up a rich brunch menu featuring a variety of savory benedicts, sweet pancake plates, and for those who can drink, delicious bloody mary's and mimosas. 

 

George's Ice Cream & Sweets

Nothing says summer like George's! A favorite of kids and adults alike, George's offers 32 flavors of ice cream everyday, in addition to delicious sundaes and shakes. 

 

defloured bakery

Incredible bakery with gluten free and vegan options - a favorite spot of CB&B's birth and postpartum doula, Simone

 

Hopleaf

If you can get away for a bit of kid free time, enjoy Hopleaf, an iconic pub with grown up brews. 

 

Anteprima

Consistently voted one the best Italian restaurants in Chicago, Anteprimais rustic and authentic! 

 

Activities & Events

 

Winnemac Park

Lovely park for families and pups to explore, play, and picnic. Enjoy lush prairies/grassland, sports hubs, a playground, and the shade of the plentiful weeping willows.

 

Cedar Playlot Park

A small playlot that has a water feature that's perfect for tots. Be on the lookout for the Chicago Parks "Craftsmobile" that provides crafting experiences for children at this playground. 

 

Swedish American Museum

At the Brunk Children's Museum inside of the Swedish American Museum, children and families can learn about Swedish immigration and experience the history of Sweden first hand. Admission is only $10 for families, so it's an affordable as well as educational place to visit! 

 

Andersonville Farmer's Market

We know the Andersonville Farmer's Market is on Wednesday afternoons, but it's too good to leave off of our list. This market has it all -  local produce, eggs, and meats, baked goods, flowers, and even entertainment. It's the perfect post-nap weekday outing. Make dinner a breeze by grabbing soup from Karl's Craft Soup and a Bennison's loaf of bread. We also love visiting C&D Family Farms, Katherine Anne Confections, and Patchwork Garden Farms tents. 

 

Shopping

Clark Street in Andersonville has an abundance of fantastic shops - here are a few favorites! 

 

Women & Children First Bookstore

5233 N. Clark Street - a well-curated, feminist bookstore with excellent customer service and support. 

 

Toys et Cetra

5311 N. Clark Street - there's always something fun to find in this well-stocked toy shop! 

 

Milk Handmade

5137 N. Clark Street - Milk is woman's clothing and accessory boutique that features small-run, handcrafted goods. Stop in and check out their amazing assortment of jewelry, accessories, beauty products, and gorgeous clothing.

 

Cait Sobotka is a labor & postpartum doula, placenta encapsulator, office manager, and baby concierge at Chicago Birth & Baby. Simone Rowen is a labor & postpartum doula living in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.