Announcing the sex of your baby is like winning the lottery. The prize: enough pink or blue outfits to clothe a small village.
Here to help you rake in a more gender-neutral wardrobe is Shim Baby, the locally made collection of unisex onesies, blankets, and burp cloths.
Each comfy cotton wonder eschews stereotypical colors and motifs (nary a princess or truck in sight) in favor of stitched appliques of ducks, caterpillars, puppies, and other things that make you go “aww.”
Designer Alex Moore makes the merch in small batches and introduces a new item every week. Because of their broad appeal, the pieces have huge hand-me-down potential.
Talk about spreading the wealth.
Available online at etsy.com, $15-$60.
The Adventures of Pinocchio
What: Chicago Shakespeare Theater carves new life out of the story about the walking, talking wooden toy.
Why: The musical plays out on a giant recreation of a European marionette stage.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: 800 E. Grand Ave., at Lake Shore Dr. (312-595-5600). Tickets online at chicagoshakes.com. Adults, $25; kids, $18.
West on North
What: Humboldt Park’s new family-friendly resto dishes out faves (burgers, mac ’n’ cheese), plus new treats like deep-fried cream cheese balls coated in animal and Goldfish crackers.
Why: Pair the eats with summer breezes on the garden patio.
When: Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 2509 W. North Ave., b/t Maplewood & Campbell Aves. (773-278-7710).
Pre-/Postpregnancy Exercise Class
What: Take charge of your changing body with workouts ($25 for one, $190-$750 for a multiclass package) that strengthen the pelvic floor and core.
Why: Ease into this whole birth thing.
When: Every Sat., 8 a.m.
Where: On Your Mark Coaching and Training, 1101 W. Monroe St., at Aberdeen St. (312-733-9330). Register online at oymtraining.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Shim Baby