Meet Grace Thomas. She's an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit, and she's the 2015 American Doll of the Year. 

American Girl Place Chicago will be baking up some fun with Grace the entire month of January. girls visiting the store during Grace's debut, through January 3, will receive a specially- packaged doll-sized apron and have the opportunity to participate in several activities including:
  • Free Grace-themed Scavenger Hunt: Travel along with Grace on her Parisian adventure with the Journey Through Paris! scavenger hunt 
  • Free Craft Activity: Grace's Travel Tags
  • Grace Photo Opportunity: Capture a memory of your visit by getting a photo taken at the store. 

Grace shows girls today that following your dreams can lead to sweet rewards, as she works toward opening a bakery of her very own. A trip to France widens her perspectives and teaches her a few new tricks of the baking trade. Available for only one year, Grace will launch with two books that tell her story, a beautiful 18-inch Grace doll, and an array of fun accessories. A full-length movie based on Grace's stories will debut on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment later in 2015. To further Grace's inspirational message for girls, American Girl has created For Goodness, Bake!--a year-long fund-raising initiative in support of No Kid Hungry, the campaign to end childhood hunger in America from Share Our Strength.

At American Girl Place Chicago, you'll find all your favorite American Girl dolls - from historical favorites to the Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins. The bookstore offers titles that focus on creativity, history, and of course, girl power. The in-store Hair Salon will help you fix up your doll's 'do and at Creativi-tees you can make your own matching doll and real kid t-shirts. The events calendar at American Girl Place Chicago updates frequently, so check back often, and plan your visit around one of the many festive happenings. Consider spending your night at a Magnificent Mile area hotel that offers special, sweet amenities for girls and dolls.

To make a reservation for the American Girl Chicago Cafe, call the reservation hotline at Call 877-247-5223 or book online at