Summer in the city
From sharks at the Shedd to baseball’s All-Star Game, there’ll be a hot time in Chicago this summer
By Cynthia Kagan Frohlichstein
|Navy Pier is one of the citys most popular attractions (above). /Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs photo. The Museum of Contemporary Art features intriguing exhibitions of art created since 1945. /Museum of Contemporary Art photo (below)
When Frank Sinatra in his inimitable style sang, My kind of town, Chicago is, we applauded both his rendition and his sentiments. Chicago is a sophisticated, gutsy, big city populated by friendly Midwest- erners. Its a combination thats impossible to beat.
Chicago is museums and attractions
Chicago is a luxury hotel
Chicago is world-class restaurants
Chicago is theater
Chicago is shopping
American girls are smiling in Chicago
Move over Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Theres a new status bag on the Chicago scene. Its glossy red paper and imprinted with American Girl Place in contrasting white letters. Blissful young girls carry them to all the swankiest places.
Girls and dolls may have never had it so good. In a brilliant merchandising move, the Pleasant Company developed dolls that take on a life of their own.
Have a twin doll. Pick the hair, complexion and eye color to match that of your child. Then purchase matching outfits for the child and her doll. Or choose a doll from history or other lands.
The three-story retail and entertainment stop at 111 E. Chicago Ave. (312-943-9400) offers staged musical revues in its theater. Dolls and their families dine in special Treat Seats at the café. Theres a bookstore, and at the photo shop, girls get their pictures on souvenir covers of American Girl magazine.
Throughout this experience, a theme of building self-esteem prevails. The company stresses positive approaches to meeting lifes challenges with grace, self-assurance and inspiration. It seems to work: Every child in the store looked ecstatic to be there. Come to think of it, so did the moms and grandmas.
Cynthia Kagan Frohlichstein is a contributor from St. Louis, Mo.