Judging by the bite marks covering Goodnight Moon, your little bundle devours books like nobody’s business.
Feed his hungry mind with a title from Squishy Press. The new local publisher puts out nibble-friendly books for babies that are made from nontoxic materials such as recycled paper and soy-based inks. The durable yet bendy paper also resists wear and tear.
Pages pop with Chicago photographer Steven Gross’s colorful, close-up portraits of kids of all races. The entertaining and relatable Silly Faces has photos of funny grimaces, while Opposites translates basic vocabulary (near/far, hot/cold) into French and Spanish.
Bold, eye-catching fonts will continue to captivate your child when he starts reading — and not eating — his words.
Available at Hazel, 1902 West Montrose Avenue, at Wolcott Avenue (773-769-2227 or hazelchicago.com); Little Green Baby, 4654 North Rockwell Street, between Leland and Eastwood Avenues (773-505-2066 or mylittlegreenbaby.com); online at squishypress.com, $12.
Circus in the Parks
What: Grab a lawn seat and watch acrobats, aerialists, clowns, and contortionists from The Midnight Circus work their magic.
Why: Proceeds help pretty up Chicago’s public parks.
When: Sat., 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 4 p.m. (Also Oct. 16, 2 & 5 p.m.; Oct. 17, 1 & 4 p.m.)
Where: Sat. & Sun., Portage Park, 4100 N. Long St., at Irving Park Rd. (773-685-7235). Oct. 16 & 17, Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave., at Leland Ave. (312-742-7518). Tickets online at circusintheparks.com. Adults and children, $15; kids under 2, free.
Second Annual Shop for Schools
What: Buy something at a participating Roscoe Village boutique and the store will give 20 percent of the sale price to the participating school of your choice.
Why: Another great reason to visit Glam to Go, Kickin’, Little Threads, The Denim Lounge, Fixture, and more.
When: Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Roscoe St., from Damen to Western Aves. For more info, call 773-327-5123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live There’s a Party in My City
What: Magician-musician DJ Lance Rock; beat boxer Biz Markie; and furry friends Brobee, Foofa, Plex, Muno, and Toodee put on a weird and wonderful rock-dance show.
Why: A mystery musical guest. Suspense!
When: Sat., 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., b/t Lake & Randolph Sts. (312-462-6300). Tickets online at yogabbagabba.com. Adults and children, $25-$55.
Photo: Courtesy of Squishy Press
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