My friend Erin and I met yesterday afternoon at Family Grounds Cafe in the city. Brilliant idea. Why didn't I think of something like this - part hip coffee/pastry shop and part indoor playground for kids. Erin and I always have tons to talk about when we get together so I thought this would be the perfect place to meet - and it was for sure! I first saw Family Grounds Cafe in Chicago Daily Candy Kids.
While I sipped my skim latte the two of us chatted and caught up while frequently checking in with Margaret and Cate who were preoccupied with playing house or reading books or playing vet. It was the perfect afternoon. I got to see my friend Erin and her adorable baby Jay and catch up on the last few weeks.
I can appreciate that Chicago residents John and Brady had one of those awkward moments at a cafe where they were being starred down due to an unruly (yet, totally normal) little one. I'm so happy they took their idea/dream and turned it into Family Grounds Cafe. I love the sign they have near the coffee shop = Children left at Family Grounds Cafe will receive a free puppy and all the espresso shots they wish.
I will now use this spot as my place to meet friends in the city. The girls loved it and didn't want to go home! And I loved it even more - a latte over some adult conversation. Win win for all parties involved!
Thanks John and Brady! Now, can you put one in the Oak Park/River Forest area? I would be there in a nanosecond!