You'll know you've arrived at Chicago's American Girl outpost when you spot the gaggles of giggling girls clutching their dolls as they excitedly making their way towards Michigan Avenue's Water Tower Place. This upscale, specialty doll store is a little girl's dream come true: a doll-friendly cafe, bakery, and even an in-house doll hair salon make American Girl Place a Chicago tourist destination in and of itself. At the end of August, American Girl Place Chicago will roll out the red carpet for the official debut of its newest BeForever character, Nanea Mitchell.
Nanea Mitchell is a Hawaiian girl growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1941. Her story focuses on the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its aftermath, illuminating for girls today the courage and aloha spirit of islanders whose home-front experience during World War II was unlike that of mainland Americans. American Girl worked closely with a five-member advisory board—including an eye witness to the Pearl Harbor attack—to create an authentic character that is bound to be cherished for her brave spirit in the face of uncertainty.
American Girl Chicago Events
On August 25, 26, and 27, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., grab your favorite American girl and head on over to American Girl Place Chicago for a special (free!) celebration in honor of Nanea! This fab summer party will give girls a glimpse into Nanea’s world in 1940's Hawaii and will feature a hula demonstration (on Saturday), a fun free craft, a doll drawstring bag giveaway (while supplies last), and a chance to win a Nanea doll. More details are available at www.americangirl.com/retail.
Tied to Nanea’s debut, American Girl is supporting the American Red Cross and their Service to the Armed Forces mission to provide care and comfort to members of the military, veterans, and their families. From 8/21 to December 31, 2017, American Girl will match any customer donation, up to $75,000 maximum, made at americangirl.com or at any American Girl store in the U.S.
Save some time to explore American Girl Place Chicago, where you'll find all your favorite American Girl dolls—from historical favorites to the Wellie Wishers, Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins. The bookstore offers titles that focus on creativity, history, and of course, girl power.
More doll-inspired fun is in the works in the upcoming months, so check the events calendar at American Girl Place Chicago.
American Girl Chicago Hotel Offers
Extend the fun by making a weekend of your visit to American Girl Place by spending the night at a Magnificent Mile area hotel that offers special, sweet amenities for girls and dolls:
Located just a short walk from American Girl Place Chicago in Water Tower Place, the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites offers a fun-filled package that's perfect for families looking for a comfortable hotel stay that's at the center of the Mag Mile shopping action. At check-in, each girl receives a personalized welcome note as well as an American Girl doll-sized travel bed set up in your guest suite, an American Girl Activity Book: Doll Play (or similar item) and her very own cupcake decorating station, set up in guest suite upon arrival. You'll also receive one adult and one youth admission pass to the John Hancock Tower Observatory. Suite accommodations at the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites feature separate bedroom and sitting rooms, two flat-screen TVs, and a refrigerator, make for a super comfy stay. For more information or to reserve, click here.
With the American Girl Package at the Omni Hotel, dolls are welcomed with a new pajama set and slippers and will be able to snuggle into their very own doll-sized bed at night (and can bring it home, too!). At check in, each girl will receive a welcome card and an American Girl book to read at bedtime. On the evening of arrival, girls and dolls are treated to the Sugar and Sweet All-American Candy Display as well as cookies and milk with turn down service before bedtime. Parents will appreciate the $60 food and beverage voucher for dining at the Omni Chicago and free valet parking. For more information or to reserve, click here.
Enjoy a slumber party American Girl style with the American Girl Place package at the Embassy Suites Chicago. At night, girls and their dolls are invited to snuggle in with a special turndown service and a special take-home bed for dolly. You'll be all set for an in-suite movie night when room service brings you complimentary popcorn, sweet and salty snacks and juice. Wake up to a complimentary full, cooked to order breakfast each day, too. For more information or to reserve, click here.
Plan Your Visit: American Girl Place Chicago
835 N. Michigan Avenue
- Open daily; Store hours and Cafe hours vary
Party and event reservations: 877-247-5223