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Safe Soft Books for Baby

Squishy Books Launch

squishy books!

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.

this week in chicago!

SEE
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.

HELP
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 info@rvcc.biz.

SPAZ OUT
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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LOCATIONS
Portage Park
4100 N Long Ave
@ Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
773-685-7235
Shop for Schools
Roscoe St
bt Damen & Western Aves
Chicago, IL 60618
Chase Park
4701 N Ashland Ave
@ Leland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
312-742-7518
4654 N Rockwell St
bt Leland & Eastwood Aves
Chicago, IL 60625
773-505-2066
1902 W Montrose Ave
@ Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
773-769-2227
175 N State St
@ Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601
312-462-6300
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