Stroll down The Mag Mile shopping district at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but adorable interactive displays, a bookstore, a café, a bakery and even a dolly beauty salon. Here are some ways to celebrate the holidays at American Girl Place Chicago.
Enjoy a holiday-themed brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner
During the holidays, the in-store Chicago café is decked out in its holiday best and goes all out to accommodate girls and their dolls (and parents!). Dolls receive their very own special chair, so they can be comfy too, as well as doll-sized dining-ware. Expect special treats and holiday favors throughout!
Insider Tip: The Standard Parking garage at 111 East Chestnut (entrance on East Pearson) offers a parking discount with any American Girl Place purchase. Simply bring your parking voucher and purchase receipt to the American Girl Place Guest Services desk to receive validation.
Shop for holiday duds for your doll
Venture out to see a holiday show *Happening soon!
Combine a visit to American Girl Place with an excursion to see the holiday ballet classic "The Nutcracker" on December 16, from 3:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. This unforgettable experience includes teatime at the American Girl Café, transportation to the theatre and tickets to a captivating show. Call 877-247-5223 to reserve a space.
Create a custom fashion design
American Girl Place Chicago gives girls the chance to be a doll fashion designer. Using a tablet interface with the Truly MeTM Signature Studio, girls select a doll outfit or girl-sized backpack and then make a unique design from an ever-changing array of images and patterns, plus graphics to represent the season too. You'll get the piece printed in-store to show off to friends the same day.
Revamp your doll's 'do
At the in-store salon, expert doll hair stylists give dolls a new look. Choose from an array of doll hairdos. Prices range from $10 to $25, and walk-ins are welcome—simply visit the salon early to check availability.Insider Tip: Safe and gentle ear piercing is performed in-store by certified American Girl associates. Ear-piercing service includes a pair of earrings, a bottle of ear-care solution, and take-home instructions. No need to make an appointment. You can also opt to pierce your doll's ears!
Stock up on stocking stuffers
American Girl has a ton of tiny-sized gifts picked by age, perfect for filling up a holiday stocking. From a miniature tea party set to winter booties and snow caps, the complete list of stocking stuffers celebrates the season.
Capture the magic and share online
American Girl fans are encouraged to share pictures and videos of their special American Girl holiday moments on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #Joy2EveryGirl.
Get Chicago store information at americangirl.com/retail and check the events calendar to plan your visit around one of the many festive happenings. Consider spending your night on The Magnificent Mile with American Girl partner hotel offers that provide sweet amenities for girls and dolls.