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The American Girl Doll Store in Chicago

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Visit the American Girl Doll Store

Even if you don't have a daughter, you should visit the American Girl doll flagship store in Chicago, Illinois. The store itself is 3 stories tall and includes a hospital, hair salon and cafe. These are primarily aimed at the dolls, if you can believe it. But if you are hungry as well, they will serve your real lunch at the restaurant. There's even a theatre in the basement!

The store's address is: 111 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. It is located across the street from the historic Water Tower, just off of the Miracle Mile. This really is a landmark that you cannot miss when you visit Chicago.

An American Girl Doll

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American Girl Doll Hair Salon and Photo Studio

Doll Hair Salon:

One of the American Girl Stylists can treat your girl's doll to a new hairdo! Visit the Doll Hair Salon and watch the specialists work their magic. You may be jealous that your daughter's doll is prettier than you when you leave! Learn more

Photo Studio:

Your daughter or friend can pose for a picture at the Photo Studio and take home a souvenir issue of American Girl magazine with her face on the cover. A photo is always a great souvenier. This is definitely worth the stop and probably the cost, as well. Learn more

For more information and reservations regarding the American Girl store in Chicago, call toll-free 1-877-247-5223

Hours and Attractions at the American Girl Doll Store

Store Hours

  • Mon - Thurs: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Fri: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sun: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Cafe:

Chicago's American Girl Cafe is the place for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and parties. For reservations and seating times, call toll-free 1-877-247-5223. Prices subject to change. Learn more

  • Brunch is $18 per person, plus tax. Approximate seating time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch is $20 per person, plus tax. Approximate seating times: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon Tea is $17 per person, plus tax. Approximate seating time: 4 p.m.
  • Dinner is $22 per person, plus tax. Approximate seating times: 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Theatre:

  • The American Girls Revue® : Tickets $28 per person. Approximate show times - 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
  • Bitty Bear's Matinee: The Family TreeTM : Tickets $15 per person. Approximate show times - 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Baby American Girl Doll - Black hair and asian eyes

Baby American Girl Doll - Black hair and asian eyes

About American Girl Dolls

American Girl dolls are a fairly recent phenomenon, coming into vogue about 10 years ago. You can buy a character doll, which represents a particular era in United States history. Or, if you prefer, you can make your own doll, specifying hair color, eye color and skin color. Matching outfits are sold so that you and your doll can dress just alike. The dolls themselves are approximately $80-100, but of very high quality. Cared for properly, these can be heirloom toys, passed down from generation to generation.

The period dolls range from Kaya, a Nez Pierce Doll, born in 1764, to Julie and Ivy, friends that were born in 1974. The dolls are available in eras from colonial America through the Civil War, and even until the mid-1940s, through a friendship forged between an American Girl and a British counterpart.

One of the period dolls even stars in her own movie. Kit Kittredge is the Depression-era doll, born in 1934. In Kit's story, she tries to save her family from the ravages of the Great Depression by putting her writing skills to the test. The movie, released on July 2, 2008, stars Abagail Breslin.

American Girl Dolls - Twins (girl boy)Many options available

American Girl Dolls - Twins (girl boy)Many options available

All American Girl Dolls Have a Story

Other Amercian Girl dolls star in movies which are out on DVD. These include Molly, Felicity and Samantha. Interestingly, all American Girl dolls are born in a year that ends in "4." So far, there is no apparent reason for this coincidence, but given the number of historic dolls, there must be an underlying theme. Bonus points to the reader who comments below with the answer!

Each of the historic dolls comes in period costume, with a book that not only tells their story, but explains the period in which they lived. In addition to the dolls and costumes, a wide range of furniture and "baby gear" is available. For example, colonial "tip top" tables can be purchased for your Felicity doll. An entire trunk full of clothing is also up for grabs, if you're willing to make the investment. The new twins line of American Girl dolls include accessories such as a double-stroller. Realistic bottles come with the baby American girl dolls.

American Girl dolls have been hailed as not only empowering for young girls in the 21st century, but also fun to play with! The dolls are crafted with superior detail, and accessories are available for purchase including clothing, furniture, strollers, and cribs!

Girls all over the Midwest are thrilled with the Chicago store. From as far away as Peoria, Illinois (a three hour drive), mothers and daughters will drive to the Windy City for a celebratory lunch with their dolls.

If your daughter or granddaughter is very interested in these dolls, you may want to consider a subscription to the magazine, American Girl. In addition to information about the main characters, new products and other doll-related merchandise, there are puzzles, word searches and other interesting features in each issue.

Chicago's American Girl Doll Store

Chicago is such a rich city - there is so much to see that adults and children alike may be overwhelmed when it comes to scheduling a vacation or excursion to the famous city. Rest assured that young and old alike will enjoy the American Girl store, within easy walking distance of many other highlights along the Miracle Mile. Even if you don't have a daughter or granddaughter, its worth the walk to see the amazing dolls, learn some history and enjoy some fabulous food!

© 2008 Stephanie Marshall

Comments

aebruck on December 06, 2012:

When I was about 9 years old I went to a birthday party at AGD downtown. We were eating lunch in their dining area and I accidentally lit the table on fire when I knocked fake flowers onto one of the lit candles. Almost burned the whole place down (not really, slight dramatization). :) It is a great place from what I remember!

Stephanie on January 12, 2011:

I think all years end in 4 because the creator of the dolls, Pleasant Rowland, was inspired for the idea in 1984!

Abby on December 01, 2010:

Oh! I so have to go there with my mom and check it out sometime! I cant wait. Going to chicago for christmas break from school.

Tana on December 01, 2010:

Why are the birth years ending in the number four? Is it because the first one made was for a four year old?

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 08, 2010:

Hi Dolores - the American Girl doll store in Chicago is really amazing! I visited when my own daughter was only a few months old, but would LOVE to go back with her now. Its a great concept, using the dolls to teach history to excited young students. :)

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 08, 2010:

I think the American Girl dolls are older than 10 years! I remember trying to get my own daughter interested in them. They are so cool! I'd love to visit the American Girl store just because the whole thing is so cute! And I love the idea that history is introduced to girls on a personal level.

Jeannie on October 06, 2010:

I really want to visit American Girl Store. My daughter has always wanted to go there. As soon as I have a little money saved up, I am going to take her. I am a single mom of four children so you know that money is hard right now. Im sure it is the most beautiful store. Have a wonderful days everyone.

marina on October 03, 2010:

its the best store ever

bewellnow4ever on September 15, 2010:

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grace on June 25, 2010:

i cant wait to go to chicago and the american girl doll store with my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 24, 2010:

That is so cool, Leslie Jo! The American Dolls are a great way to combine history with playtime. Love them!

Leslie Jo Barra on June 24, 2010:

I have an ex aunt who helped design Felicity. Thanks for the info, and man, sometimes I wish I had daughter.

Baby Annabell Pram on February 08, 2010:

I live in the Chicago area and my daughter loves the American Girl Doll store. The place is incredible.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on February 07, 2010:

Have a great time at the American Girl Doll Store in NYC! :)

hot girl2 on February 07, 2010:

I have recently won 100$ in a contest and i have an american girl doll (Julie)and i am planning to spend the money on a trip to the american girl place. Even though i'm going to the one in New York these things about the store helped! :-)

csd1509 on September 12, 2009:

i just recently found out about the american girl doll my sisters friend bought in NY where they also have the hairsalon and hospital!i know that someday i'll buy it!;)

Alishiaamericangirl dolllover on September 03, 2009:

How cute! I was just on the humane society it's so sad there's a dog named coco you need to read it.Reminds me of Rascal Maricals cat he is from the humane society!

kirstengirl on September 03, 2009:

Wow that's really cool i've watched have the american girl doll movies with my daughter! her and i are watching Kit right now and every time they say Kit my daughter's dog just looks around like who said my name! It's so cute!!!!

Alishiaamericangirl dolllover on September 03, 2009:

My daughter loves americangirl dolls and so do i infact if it wasn't for her I woudn't have even heard of americangirl dolls!

kerstingirl on September 03, 2009:

i really want to take my little girl there for her birthday when she turns 10 this year.She likes corection loves american girl dolls she even has a dog named kit and a cat named felicity! that's proves that she loves american girl dolls!

JennifersJumpers on March 13, 2009:

A hospital? 3 Stories? Who would have thought!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 19, 2008:

When I'd get my visa then :-)

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on February 19, 2008:

Yes, its really amazing! You should check it out. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Chicago

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 19, 2008:

Wow! Maybe I'd get to visit someday :-)