If it weren’t for the summer, you wouldn’t live here. If it weren’t for the winter, you wouldn’t have all that time to think about what to take when you finally leave the house. Here’s our list of don’t-leave-home-without-them favorites.
CleanWell Hand-Sanitizing Wipes
Call us germaphobes, but we don’t hit Lincoln Park Zoo without packing these individually wrapped all-natural wonders ($13).
Alphabeasties Amazing Activities Book
To reduce the risk of at-the-table meltdowns, we pack activity books. Our favorite: this sticker- and maze-filled marvel ($9).
Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller
The light, smooth Bumbleride ($679) is perfect for anybody with two under the age of 4. And, yes, it fits through shop doorways without problems.
Laura Doherty’s Kids in the City CD
Listen up: Here’s kid music that adults love, too. She’s working on a new album now (go, Laura!), and until it comes out, we’ll bop along with her debut’s bright songs about city living.
JJ Cole Essentials Blanket
This easy-to-clean blanket ($30) goes with us (and our sack lunches) wherever we go — from the park to the beach and back home again.
When you’re done traipsing about town, check out our favorite finds for bath time, bedtime, and playtime.
Baby Food Made Easy Classes
What: Natural foods chef and wellness consultant Amanda Skrip teaches simple ways to whip up treats for little mouths during the new series from Bump Club and Beyond.
Why: There’s an entire session devoted to playdate snacks.
When: Tues.-July 26.
Where: Whole Foods Market locations throughout the city. For more info and to register, go to bumpclubandbeyond.com. Cost is $30.
What: Lincoln Park’s new outdoor exhibition cuts through prairies, savannas, wetlands, and woodlands.
Why: You’ll stroll right into colorful clusters of winged beauties in a butterfly garden.
When: Daily, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., at Fullerton Pkwy. (773-755-5100). Admission is free.
Pinkalicious: the Musical
What: Emerald City Theatre brings the cupcake-loving character back to town with a sweet song-and-dance show.
Why: Your house has a case of Pinkititis.
When: Thru Sept. 3.
Where: Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., at Michigan Ave. Tickets at 800-775-2000 or online at broadwayinchicago.com. Adults and children, $16-$22.
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