Best of 2017: Kids

Best of 2017, Kids: Little Beans Cafe

For the seventh year, our readers have voted for their favorite Chicago-area businesses in 11 categories. But before that, for the first time ever, we asked you to send us your nominations before voting began. We received more than 6,700 nominations!

Now that the votes have been tallied, it’s time to announce our Best of 2017 winners. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #Bestof2017.

Best Kids Clothing


Your child will always be Best Dressed thanks to this boutique.

Best Toy Store

Becky & Me Toys

Best of 2017, Kids: Becky & Me Toys

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or that hot new toy (hello, Fidget Spinners!), this is the place to go.

Best Playspace

Little Beans Café

Rain, rain … don’t go away! You’ll want to spend hours at this indoor playspace and café that’s perfect for kids and parents alike.

Best Overnight Camp

JCC Camp Chi

With 600 acres and more than 40 activities, Camp Chi offers a summer experience like no other.

Best Day Camp

JCC Day Camps

Best of 2017, Kids: JCC Day Camps

Your child will never be bored when they spend a summer at one of JCC’s many day camps.

Best Theater Classes

Piven Theatre Workshop

Your child will develop new skills, learn the ins and outs of acting and get the chance to perform in front of an audience.

Best Kids/Family Photographer

Julie Kaplan Photography

Julie Kaplan will snap the perfect photo that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Best Nanny Agency

North Shore Nannies

Find the perfect nanny for your family’s needs with the help of this agency, the oldest in the Chicago area.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, she loves cheering on the Cubs and Blackhawks and also fears she watches too much Netflix.







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