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A Wonder(ful) Place for Kids

Wonder Store and Play Space Opens

wonder chicago!

Finding one place where you can entertain, educate, feed, and shop for your child is no small wonder. That’s why the opening of Wonder in north suburban Deerfield is such a big (ginormous, honking) deal.

The worth-the-trip destination bundles a retail store, play area, cafe, and classrooms into more than 100,000 square feet. With everything from strollers (which you can test-drive on an indoor sidewalk) to clothing to toys to cribs, it ventures into one-stop, big-box territory. Still, the careful attention to lesser-known brands (P’kolino, Ducduc, Pink Chicken) keeps things feeling boutiquey, as does the attentive registry assistance.

Your sidekick will make a beeline to the back-of-the-house indoor playground with hard foam mounds to climb and scamper on. In an adjacent room, he’ll do craft projects, build with blocks, and engage in soft-toy play. When tummies growl, you’ll head to the soon-to-open on-site cafe for healthy bites.

Movie nights, concerts, story times, and parent seminars happen regularly. Access to all (including the play spaces) is included in a family membership ($99 for a year, if you sign up before November 23).

We could go on about the music, art, dance, cooking, and chess classes — but we want to leave you something to wonder about.

Wonder, 250 South Waukegan Road, between Lake-Cook Road and Interstate 94 (224-330-6400 or shopwonder.com).

this week in chicago!

SEE
Fully Charged
What:
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey returns with daredevil stunts, high-flying aerialists, animals, and lots of clowning around.
Why: Don’t miss The Human Fuse, a guy who rockets through the air from his self-made human crossbow.
When: Thurs.-Nov. 13 & Nov. 16-27.
Where: Thurs.-Nov. 13, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Rd., at Lunt St., Rosemont; Nov. 16-27, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., at Damen Ave. Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $13-$60.

STYLE
The Salon at Kooky Kidstuff
What:
Get the full-on princess treatment (mini manis and pedis, updos, braids, and makeup) at the store’s new addition.
Why: Pretty primping before holiday pictures.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., at Grand Ave., 3rd flr. (312-527-0552).

GET
Cash for Candy
What:
In exchange for your unopened Halloween treats, Westend Dental will give you $1 per pound, plus a tooth care kit.
Why: Brusha, brusha, brusha.
When: Tues. & Wed., 3-6 p.m.
Where: 1170 W. Armitage Ave., at Racine Ave. (773-244-9500).

Photo: Courtesy of Wonder

LOCATIONS
Westend Dental
1170 W Armitage Ave
@ Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
773-244-9500
250 S Waukegan Rd
bt Lake-Cook Rd & I-94
Deerfield, IL 60062
224-330-6400
520 N Michigan Ave
@ Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
312-527-0552
Allstate Arena
6920 Mannheim Rd
@ Lunt St
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-635-6601
United Center
1901 W Madison St
@ Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
312-455-4500
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