Yesterday, I took my daughter and her two besties to The American Girl Place in Chicago for her 7th birthday. We made reservations at the Cafe for lunch and planned for her to pick out her very first “big girl” American Girl doll. Since we didn’t know what to expect from our visit to the Cafe for an American Girl themed lunch, we decided to take you with us. (Well, kind of. We made you a video and took tons of pictures to give you an inside look.)
You can watch our video spotlight of the American Girl Place here (or read and see our photos below):
The American Girl Place in Chicago is a two-level dream come true for a doll-loving mommy…er…I mean a doll-loving little girl! From the minute you walk in the door, you are bombarded with dolls, clothes and accessories around every corner. While there are many dolls in glass cases, there are plenty of dolls and accessories for the girls to touch and handle. It’s like a museum and toy store all in one!
Inside you will find a Photo Studio where girls can take professional photos with their dolls, a Doll Hospital, a Doll Hair Salon to fix ‘em up a new do and a Bistro for a quick snack.
American Girl Cafe
Our favorite part of the visit was our trip to the American Girl Cafe for lunch. This is definitely a special occasion lunch that a 7th birthday was perfect for. If you have a doll-loving princess, this is THE American girl experience.
We had a perfectly-pink table for four with room to dine with our dolls. Each doll was given a mini hook-on high chair and place setting of their own to join us at the table. Don’t worry, for those guests without a doll, there is a huge shelf of dolls to borrow for dining.
Lunch was a three-course meal. We started with an appetizer of soft pretzel balls, crisp celery/carrots sticks, fresh strawberries, cheese triangles and yummy mini cinnamon rolls for the table to share. Each guest had their choice of entree which included kid-favorites such as mac and cheese, chicken tenders and pizza. I was happy to see parent-friendly options as well, such as an entree salad and panko-crusted chicken sandwich. Dessert was what they call a “Sweet Surprise” which was a delicious flower pot full of moose, pink frosted sugar star cookie and heart shaped piece of cake. Obviously, the dessert was a hit! The entire meal from start to finish was delicious, hot and perfectly cooked.
The service was top-notch and every detail from the star-shaped fruit kabobs to the yummy shakes and smoothies were carefully thought out. To help celebrate my daughter’s birthday, they gave her a “Let’s Celebrate” hat to wear and led us in a round of “happy birthday” to make her feel extra special. Each girl at our table received a goodie bag (this is an extra charge) that included an adorable celebrate doll t-shirt, plastic balloon for the doll, a “Talk Time Questions” book and a mini American Girl bag of stickers. For those who want to go the extra mile, parents can order a special cake for a celebration.
The American Girl Cafe is expensive as just a regular lunch but this is no regular lunch. This is an experience! If you have a little girl who simply adores everything American Girl, this lunch is perfect for a special occasion.
Overall, our day at American Girl was fantastic! The girls all had a fantastic time and it may have just made me Best. Mom. Ever. (By the way, my daughter chose the new Girl of the Year – McKenna as her birthday gift!)
To find out more information about American Girl Place visit their website at: http://www.americangirl.com
*Disclosure: My daughter chose the American Girl Place for her birthday because as an American Girl Model, she is obsessed with everything American Girl!
*Disclosure: Thanks to American Girl Place for providing our lunch at the Cafe. As always, all opinions and statements are our own.