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The Chicago East Loop Back-up Center is conveniently located on "The Magnificent Mile" in Downtown Chicago. We share a building with Argosy University, the Fox television network, and CVS Pharmacy. We are in the heart of the Michigan Avenue shopping district. Millennium Park is just a block away and The Art Institute of Chicago is also within walking distance

Bright Horizons Chicago East Loop (225 N. Michigan Ave- Lake St.)

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Our Infant Program

An exceptional place for your baby

Our space is built for babies on the move: look for bright mirrors, warm rugs, sensory tables, great books, and baskets filled with soft, natural materials. There are musical instruments, toys for pretend play, safe equipment and places to explore. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that our stringent safety, security, and cleanliness standards meet or exceed all state and local guidelines.

Even these youngest of children are encouraged to learn about their world through our individualized curriculum that invites exploration, celebrates each important milestone, and supports the transition from the sensory motor world of infancy to the increasingly social and self-directed world of toddlers.

Come see the fun and exciting things happening at East Loop:

Click on each month to view the activity calendars:   

Infant Classroom Monthly Calendars:
March
April

What to bring:

Extra clothes– one or two sets

* Un-Opened formula and/or Food. We must make the bottles on site.

* Recommended: bottle with cover for each feeding,
An extra bottle/formula/breast milk.
All breast milk needs to be prepared in the bottles and numbered.

Our center is a "peanut-safe zone" and we ask that you please refrain from bringing any snack item that contains peanut butter or peanut products.

Diapers (at least 5), wipes (plenty), and ointment if needed.

Any
comfort items (blanket, pacifier, etc.)

For Infants 10 months and older:
We provide soft snacks and an optional catered lunch that is $5.00.

For Infants 12 months and older:
We provide snacks, lunch option, and organic whole milk.

Lunch option:
Available to infants 12 months and older for $5.00.

Lunch & Snack Menu:
Food2You Catering
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What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for taking care of our baby boy. Bright Horizons welcomed him into their classroom with open arms, and ever since, he has flourished mentally and physically. He always smiles when he sees you at drop off and we can tell he is happy. It brings so much peace of mind knowing our son loves going to school."

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Listening to stories or classical music, one-on-one spoken interaction with caregiver.
  • Math Counts Counting through books, poetry, and songs.
  • Science Rocks Bubble blowing, interacting with nature through walks and outdoor exploration.
  • ArtSmart Finger (or feet) painting, experiences with textiles.
  • Our World Rich connections — via smiles and hugs — with the center community.
  • Well Aware Soft safe places that encourage rolling over, pulling up, crawling, and safely exploring.

Learning at Home

Kitchen Band: Fun with Pots and Pans

You Will Need:

Music, metal and wooden spoons, plastic bowls, pots and pans, and safe items from the kitchen.

Directions:

Play music and interact with your child by tapping metal and wooden spoons on a variety of pots, pans, and plastic bowls. Talk about the different sounds you hear. Introduce words like “same,” “different,” “soft,” and “loud.”

Tip:

Repeat the rhythms and patterns your child plays. Count as you tap the utensils. Play a game and freeze when the music stops, then tap when it starts again.

What Your Child Can Learn:

  • Cause and effect ("When I bang on the pot, it makes a sound")
  • New vocabulary like “loud” and “soft”
  • Listening skills
  • Discrimination between different sounds


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