Worth The Trip: Little Beans Cafe

I have discovered a parents utopia, or at least this parent’s utopia.

Oh and I didn’t really discover it, as much as I was told where it was and invited to come see it. Details, details. This is a place that is cool and hip for moms and Dads and kids.

Okay, okay so what is this Utopia I am referring to?

It is everything this coffee loving mama has dreamed of since becoming a mama. Really. It’s half cafe, half play space and all kinds of wonderful. There is this amazing play area set up like a small town. The play houses are really top notch and no detail was spared

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There are themed toys for each house from fire hoses to baby dolls. There is a craft station, ride-ons, books, and a fenced in, padded baby area for non walkers. There is even a family bathroom in the play area that has both a changing table and a child size potty.

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But wait, there is more.

The play area is staffed.

Yes you heard me, staffed. With really wonderful and attentive people. They all really enjoyed playing with the kids, and actually played with them! They were on the ground catching them from the slide, helping them dress up, as well as returning (quite quickly I might add) toys to the proper locations.It allowed me some time to socialize with friends new and old as well as sit down and rest my tired pregnant belly!

Are you jealous yet because there is more, oh yes there is.

The cafe area is lined with glass windows so if you have an independent child you can let them freely play while you and your friends enjoy coffee and treats. Have a younger one that wants mom close by? There is a lounge (that boasts basketball and Foosball so it’s just as dad friendly as mom friendly) within-in the play area, so you can go relax and chat, and the kids can still have you close.

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© M. Haak | Little Lake County.com | 2011

They also have classes for both moms and kids. For a little extra you can have your child fully supervised by their staff so you can work or take a  class (on premise).

It is worth the drive into the city to check it out! There is a limit to the capacity (both for safety and comfort). If you follow them on Facebook they post updates on how busy and full they are. It seems since opening that afternoons are the best bet and I would definitely avoid weekend mornings.

Little Beans Cafe – Chicago
1809 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 251-1025 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Editor’s note: Little Beans Cafe is now open in Evanston – and still worth the trip!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated or asked to write this post. I was invited to the VIP launch event and treated to free admission and a really great meal. The opinions expressed are all my own.

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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