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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:

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.

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:
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What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"The staff in the center is so warm and welcoming. It is comforting leaving my son there especially when life throws unexpected changes that drive the need for back up care."

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


You Will Need:

Different kinds of fruit, a basket or bowl, and a cloth large enough to cover one piece of fruit


Sit with your baby on the floor near the basket of fruit. Take a piece of fruit and say, “Here is a green apple. I’m going to cover it with our cloth.” Then pull off the cloth and enthusiastically say, “Peek-a-Boo, apple!”


Your baby can also investigate the fruit. Place the basket of fruit where your child will be able to crawl over to it.

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