While visiting Chicago with my family we came upon the American Girl Place, it's building standing tall in the middle of the city. We were on our way out of town and had already picked our car up from valet, which is apparently the only option available in the city, when I decided I needed to go in and 'just check it out.' I had no intention with my 6 month old daughter of getting into the American Girl craze, but once inside, I was drawn to it. The store was just magnificent. We had 7 minutes with the police standing nearby ticketing any cars parked even a minute too long and so the clock was ticking. Up the elevator we went with the salon and the portrait studio off to the side and a little cafe that I had the sudden urge to dine at.
We found the Bitty Baby dolls, chose one, along with an outfit and headed for the checkout. My husband went to the car. Though I wasn't able to stay very long, I was instantly in love with the store, with the dolls, the dresses, the accessories. Every little thing had so much detail and they went to so much trouble to make your experience in the store so perfect. With a friendly staff, an impeccable store, bright, clean - it was everything a little girl could ever dream of - even grown up little girls at heart!