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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 Preschool Program

Engaging children intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially

Our preschool classrooms focus on children’s newly emerging skills and advanced use of language, math, and scientific thought. Multi-disciplinary learning centers encourage individual skills and emerging interests in academics and creative expression.

Our curriculum stimulates each child’s innate curiosity and exploratory nature to prepare children for lifelong learning.

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

Preschool Classroom Activity Calendars:

What to bring/What we provide:

We will provide a morning and afternoon snack.  We also provide organic 2% and whole milk.

Lunch Options:

You may take your child out for lunch or purchase a $5 catered lunch. 

No outside food or drinks.

Allergies or Vegetarian Choices:
Please let us know 24 hours prior to your reservation.

Food2You Catering
Lunch & Snack Menus:
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Our center is a “Peanut Safe Zone,” and we ask that you please refrain from bringing any item into the center that contains peanut butter or peanut products.

Child Items:
Please make sure all items from home, are labeled with your child’s first and last name and the date.  All medication must be given to the teacher at drop-off.

Potty Training:
If your child is in diapers or potty training, please bring diapers (at least 5), wipes and an extra change of clothes including underwear, socks, shoes, pants and a shirt.

If your child requires medication, we will administer prescription medication with a prescription label on the container stating the doctor’s specific instructions and dosages. You will need to fill out a Medication Authorization form.

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 Talking, questioning, beginning to write and identify letters and numbers.
  • Math Counts Counting, sequencing, developing 1-to-1 correspondence.
  • Science Rocks Examining, comparing, planting, and caring for gardens.
  • ArtSmart Drawing, brush painting, exploring music, dance, and dramatic arts.
  • Our World Appreciating diversity, becoming environmentally conscious.
  • Well Aware Taking part in exercise and yoga, preparing and eating healthy foods.

Learning at Home

Alphabet Menu

You Will Need:

Paper and writing instrument


As you prepare a meal, discuss what will be served and ask your child to create a menu. Fold the piece of paper in half. Have your child create the menu by writing the word or sound on one side of the paper and drawing a picture of the food on the other. Do this for each food. Have the child present the menu to the family.


Make this activity fun, not a test. Your child might copy words off of boxes.

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