Growth charts present a sizable problem. When your little sprout is three feet tall, he’ll demand one with a picture of Diego. But a few inches (and cartoon passions) later, his interest will be stunted.
Take things to a whole new level with Studio 1a.m.’s Measure Me Stick. The Chicago design collective had mom and dad’s modern taste in mind when they created the wall-mountable bamboo tool. More decorative piece than playroom afterthought, it towers seven feet and looks like a ruler gone pop art.
Both metric and U.S. measuring units are printed in nontoxic ink. Just take a fine-tip black marker to the surface, keep at it through the years, and you’ll have an heirloom that’s off the charts.
Available online at studio1am.com, $120.
Childproofing Workshop at Grow
What: Gene Kucharski of Safe Baby Boundaries discusses techniques and products to keep your home boo-boo free.
Why: Pick up fall threads from Kate Quinn Organics and Clover New York while you’re at it.
When: Wed., 11 a.m.-noon.
Where: 1943 W. Division St., at Damen Ave. R.S.V.P. to 773-489-0009 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
Larry Gets Lost in Chicago
What: A dog paws his way from Wrigley Field to Lincoln Park Zoo to The Field Museum in the new picture book ($17).
Why: Fun facts about architecture, sports, and transportation are sprinkled throughout.
When: Bedtime, of course.
Where: Available at MCA Store, 220 E. Chicago Ave., at Mies van der Rohe Way (312-397-4000); online at mcachicagostore.org.
Bellybum Boutique’s Pre-Labor Day Sale
What: Grab spring/summer women’s and children’s clothing for 45 percent off and fall arrivals for 15 percent off.
Why: Splendid dresses, Glug girls’ tees, Nixilu nursing tops, and other swell finds.
When: Thru Sat.
Where: 4347 N. Lincoln Ave., at Pensacola Ave. (773-868-0944).
Photo: Courtesy of Studio 1 a.m.
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