Make Her Next Birthday Party Sparkle

the glitter girlz birthday party space opens!

Surround your birthday girl with hot pink, sequins, and a horde of giggling friends and she’ll forget she ever wanted a pony.

For a real dream come true, hoof it to The Glitter Girlz. Craft mavens and BFFs Jodie Deschler and Ellie Gallerini opened the Bucktown party space where groups of kids (ages 3-13) create blinged-out jewelry, clothing, beauty products, and home goods.

Think of it as Martha Stewart meets MTV. A disco ball spins while your little star and her pals learn age-appropriate skills, from cutting felt shapes to threading a sewing machine. When the craft is finished, a dance party breaks out and everyone gets her fingernails polished. No stress, Mom: Just sip coffee and chat with other parents in the comfy lounge.

The space also offers after-school workshops on beading, embellishing, bow-making, and other skills sure to put a sparkle in her eye.

The Glitter Girlz, 2320 North Damen Avenue, at Fullerton Avenue (773-698-8071 or theglittergirlz.com). Birthday parties, $30 per child; workshops, $176 for an eight-week session (next session begins September 7).

Photo: Courtesy of Glitter Girlz

this week in chicago!

Tall Ships Chicago
Twenty huge vessels from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands skim Lake Michigan and dock at Navy Pier for tours.
Why: Beautiful fireworks nightly, matey.
When: Tours, Tues., noon-9 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fireworks, Tues.-Sun, 9 p.m.
Where: 600 E. Grand Ave., at Lake Shore Dr. (312-595-7437). Tickets ($9-$54) online at navypier.com.

Nanny Talks
Sit back, relax, and chat freely about nanny care as expert Naomi Cymbalski fields questions.
Why: The roomful of new mom friends.
When: Sat., 10-11 a.m. (Also Sept. 25 & Oct. 23.)
Where: Adeline’s Room, 900 Chicago Ave., at Main St., ste. 104 (847-859-2312). Registration (required) online at adelinesroom.com. Cost is $15.

Fifth Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival
A mini multicultural village of merchants, dancers, musicians, and food vendors springs up downtown.
Why: Learn to make Japanese fans and German schultüten (paper cones filled with treats and school supplies).
When: Thru Fri. Daily, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park, Chase Promenade South, Madison St., at Michigan Ave. For more info, call 312-744-8074. Admission is free.

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2320 N Damen Ave
@ Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
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@ Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60202
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@ Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60611
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bt Michigan Ave & Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601