For every ten hand-me-down baby outfits you rake in, you make one little splurge. (A cashmere crib blanket never hurt anybody, right?)
Next time, allow yourself the luxury of shopping at Bonpoint, a boutique that just opened on Oak Street. The French import (and first Midwest location) bubbles with sophisticated, hand-sewn threads for girls and boys ages newborn through 12 years.
Crack open the door of the chandelier-crowned space to find feather-soft merino wool sweaters and cotton twill trousers for babies that are cute enough to air-kiss. Older girls and boys slip comfortably into a London-inspired fall collection (think Primrose Hill-appropriate rabbit fur vests and Camden-esque blue madras crepe shirts).
Prices ($70-$650) become easier to swallow once you imagine the pieces landing in the hands of generations to come.
Bonpoint, 37 East Oak Street, at Rush Street (312-475-9140 or bonpoint.com).
Duncan Heritage Tour
What: Yo-yo pros show off tricks and teach beginners to do their own loopy stunts.
Why: Show your kiddo that fun can be pocket-size.
When: Tues., 5-8 p.m.
Where: Cat & Mouse Game Store, 2212 W. Armitage Ave., at Leavitt St. (773-384-4454).
City Provisions Delicatessen Halloween Party
What: The organic-focused food counter gets ghoulishly delightful with a morning of pumpkin carving and cupcake decorating.
Why: Free lunch (mini burgers, chips, caramel apples) for all.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: 1818 W. Wilson Ave., at Ravenswood Ave. (773-293-2489).
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
What: The musical adaptation of Betsy Lewin and Doreen Cronin’s children’s book returns to Chicago.
Why: Its political theme (farm animals protest for better working conditions) stirs the minds of little activists.
When: Thru Dec. 5.
Where: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., at Farwell Ave. Tickets ($12) at 773-761-4477 or online at ovationtix.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Bonpoint