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Located on the northeast corner of Clinton St (540 W) and Monroe St. (100 S) in Downtown Chicago, aka, The Loop. Our entrance (store front entrance on ground level) faces Clinton St, near the intersecting streets. Look for the frosted glass door with the buzzer. Note: There are no signs to indicate the center's entrance. There is a parking structure in the 500 W. Monroe building. Parents/guardians are provided in & out vouchers; if their stay in the garage is less than thirty minutes parking is free.

Bright Horizons at Chicago West Loop (500 W. Monroe)

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential.

In the toddler room, food can be brought in as long and it is sealed, store-bought.  There is an optional catered lunch available for purchase for $5.  Please click Menu! Click March Calendar: 

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for all that you do for the children, families and staff. Bright Horizons has been a second home for our three daughters, and our family, for nearly 10 years now! The teachers have contributed tremendously to our daughters' growth and development, and the feeling of leaving your children with people they adore is incredibly comforting."

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Play Dough Recipe

You Will Need:

1 cup salt 
1 cup flour 
2 cups water with food coloring 
2 tablespoons oil 
Optional: add 2 teaspoons cream of tartar to make dough last longer
Large saucepan
Cookie cutters 
Rolling pin 
Tray 
Airtight container for storage

Directions:

Have your child measure and mix dry ingredients in a saucepan and stir well. Slowly add water and stir well. Then, you can cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. When it has formed a lump, put it on the tray to cool. After it is cool, invite your child to play with it while you are cooking dinner.

Tip:

Let your child choose the color of the food coloring. You may need to help your child measure ingredients. While mixing them, talk about the changes you see. While your child is playing with the dough, ask him what he is making. Store the dough in the refrigerator.


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