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Pickle's Playroom Opens in Lincoln Square

Haircuts and Playtime All in One Spot

pickle's playroom!

You used to wonder what to do with a Saturday afternoon. Now Mom is your name and multitasking is your game.

Here to help you with the whole two birds, one stone thing is Pickle’s Playroom, Lincoln Square’s just-opened fun zone that’s both an indoor play space and kiddie hair salon. Romp around in a large, sun-dappled room that caters to active tots (check the tube slide and suspended bridge) and those just getting their footing (look for mats and padded steps). The pretend kitchen, train table, books, and puzzles busy nearly everyone.

Haircuts happen in a side room where kids sit in a mini car or airplane and watch movies while their stylists go to work. Parents are welcome to get trims, too.

If that’s not enough, there’s a cafe where you can sip coffee and leisurely browse the interweb.

So choosing between getting things done and doing nothing at all won’t leave you in a pickle.

Pickle’s Playroom, 2315 West Lawrence Avenue, at Western Avenue (773-293-7747 or picklesplayroom.com). Open play, $12 per child; siblings, $9. Haircuts, $20 (includes 30 minutes open play).

this week in chicago!

HELP
The Lovie Project
What:
Have your child’s favorite plush photographed and Classic Kids Photography will donate a new softie to a needful child through the Primo Center for Women and Children.
Why: Sessions are by donation. Buy prints on paper or canvas; a portion of proceeds goes to purchasing more lovies for donation.
When: Thru Apr. 30.
Where: Classic Kids Photography, 917 W. Armitage Ave., b/t Sheffield Ave. & Halsted St. (773-296-2607); 566 Chestnut St., at Spruce St., Winnetka (847-446-2064); 28 E. Hinsdale Ave., b/t Garfield & Washington Sts., Hinsdale (630-323-7223).

LEARN
Spanish with a Twist
What:
Teachers from Vamostodos lead art projects, songs, and stories — all with a bilingual spin (ages 1-3).
Why: Like sponges, they are.
When: Register now for classes Apr. 20-June 15. Every Wed., 9-10:45 a.m.
Where: Family Grounds Cafe, 3652 N. Lincoln Ave., at Patterson Ave. To register, call 773-281-0785. Eight-week session, $160.

EAT
Dunlays on the Square
What:
The Logan Square grill feeds tykes for free before the dinner rush begins. Grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and salads are up for grabs.
Why: Pop over to nearby Play toy store before you eat.
When: Daily, 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: 3137 W. Logan Blvd., at Milwaukee Ave. (773-227-2400).

Photo: Courtesy of Pickle’s Playroom

LOCATIONS
Dunlays on the Square
3137 W Logan Blvd
@ Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
773-227-2400
2315 W Lawrence Ave
@ Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
773-293-7747
28 E Hinsdale Ave
bt Garfield & Washington Sts
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630-323-7223
566 Chestnut St
@ Spruce St
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-446-2064
917 W Armitage Ave
bt Sheffield Ave & Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
773-296-2607
3652 N Lincoln Ave
@ W Patterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
773-281-0785
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