Give Yourself a Helping Hand

alter ego concierge!

You dream of a body double to fold the laundry (while you breastfeed) and answer the door (while you finish bath time).

But even a finely tuned clone couldn’t do the job of Alter Ego Concierge. The new biz pairs you with nannies, babysitters, house cleaners, personal chefs, errand runners, and other domestic saviors that lighten your load.

Owner Caitlin Hofherr is meticulous in sourcing the full- or part-time help you need (for every 50 candidates she interviews, only about ten make it into her network). After matchmaking (complete with a 90-day guarantee), she helps negotiate salaries, draft contracts, and write household manuals.

The company also provides special someones for quickie tasks like decorating birthday parties, grocery shopping, or even driving the kids to Little League. So your only job is to sit back and relax.

Alter Ego Concierge (312-802-2337 or alteregoconcierge.com). Rates start at $20 per hour for temporary jobs (two-hour minimum); negotiable for long-term help.

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this week in chicago!

Lego Games Tour
Step into a life-size model of the classic Lego game Minotaurus, in which you roll dice and jump over “hedges” in a race to the end of a maze.
Why: Compete against other families to win prizes, including a trip.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., at Fullerton Ave. (312-742-2000). Admission is free.

Ecofriendly Play Spaces
Learn to live greener at the open house/hands-on workshop run by pros from Colori Eco Paint Boutique, The Green Mama, The Land of Nod, and more.
Why: Fun comes naturally during the kids’ art lessons from Go Get Your Smock.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Art lessons, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Where: Colori Eco Paint Boutique, 2243 W. North Ave., at Bell St. (773-252-4923). R.S.V.P. online at colorichicagoevent.pingg.com. Admission is free.

Oak Street Council’s Saturday Music Series
A string quartet and kid musicians from New Music School perform a free outdoor concert.
Why: The instrument petting zoo, where future maestros can manhandle string, brass, and wind instruments.
When: Sat., performance, 1-3 p.m.; petting zoo, noon-4 p.m. (Also Aug. 21; Sept. 4 & 18.)
Where: Esquire Theater, 58 E. Oak St., b/t Rush St. & Michigan Ave. Admission is free.

Photo: crimfants / Flickr

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Colori Eco Paint Boutique
2243 W North Ave
@ Bell Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Esquire Theater
58 E Oak St
bt Rush St & Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
N Cannon Dr
@ Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614