Get some holiday shopping accomplished while your kids play at Monica + Andy this month. The Lincoln Park children’s clothing boutique (2038 N. Halsted) is hosting holiday events throughout December for littles ones — the perfect distraction while parents roam the store. On Dec. 9, kids can pen their wish lists and drop them into a North Pole mailbox while snacking on milk and cookies, and on Dec. 17th, lifestyle photographer Hallie Duesenberg will snap family portraits with Santa Claus in store. Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monicaandandy.com
Bonus read: Monica & Andy founder and Chicagoan Monica Royer launched a new podcast series, The Mentor Files.