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Would you like to win 20 alphabetables pillows from the Red Balloon? Think of the possibilities: Christmas: done. Hanukkah: seven days complete. The favors for your child’s next birthday party: amazing! To enter, email a photo of you child in a Red Balloon Co. outfit to mary@theredballoon.com

For more information, call us toll free: 877-969-9800

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Chicago Gifts!

We have a new section on our website that has our favorite Chicago themed gifts, ranging from clothing to postcards to unique home decor.  Check it out: http://www.theredballoon.com/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=37_61

 Or give us a call toll free for more ideas!: 877-969-9800


Share the Love: Custom Silhouettes

Our silhouette artist, Betsy Robinson, will be in our Andersonville store on Saturday (11/5/11), and Bucktown on Sunday (11/6/11). It takes 5-10 minutes per child. The silhouettes will be available two weeks after the event, and make amazing holiday gifts! For more information & pricing, call us toll free: 877-969-9800


Warehouse Sale!

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“Every Thing On It” Poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein

From the creator of  “Where the Sidewalk Ends”, “A Light in the Attic”, and “Falling Up”, an all new collection of never-before-published poems and drawings!  Shel Silverstein’s poems will bend your brain and open your heart with their observant, childlike magic. 


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Jen’s Gift Picks

One of the best qualities of our fearless leader, Jennifer Pope, is that she can walk a tradeshow at breakneck speed, and somehow spot all of the most unique, interesting, crazy, cool gifts that the ordinary eye might miss.

It’s one thing to “follow the herd” and stock what everyone else has—she takes chances on new vendors, so any time you walk into one of our stores, you’re likely to see exciting products you’ve never seen before.  The Red Ballon is the go-to place for extraordinary gifts.  Here are a few of her current favorites:

The Chicago Globe

New York? L.A.? Paris or Rome?  Please.  All true Chicagoans know that our city is at the center of the universe.  This super cool globe, illustrating all of the great neighborhoods & landmarks—shows everything from Lincoln Park to Bronzeville to the Hancock Building, and everything in between.  A great gift for a diehard Chicagoan or for a recent transplant to (gasp!) elsewhere.  $52.95

Crepe Paper Flowers Kit

With winter drawing close, it’s time to start nesting and working on all those fun and creative projects you were too busy to get to during the summer months.  Learning to make these crepe paper flowers is fun and easy—and will make a lovely fall and winter bouquet.  Available in a variety of colors, $6.50

Make-Believe Felt Tea Set

You’ve got your dollies, your tiny table for four, and now you need our super cute tea set. The make believe table includes: 4 placemats, napkins, coasters, chalkboard invitations, chalkboard menu, hostess apron, carry case, chalk. Handmade in Nepal.  $42.50

Scull and Crossbones Necktie

Aunt Susie’s wedding is coming up, and mom found you a great button down & pants, but you still need a necktie.  Only the coolest tie will do, so give our Skull and Crossbones necktie a whirl.  Dapper with a hint of punk rock, it will convert even the most rough and tumble boy into a proper gentleman. $29.00

Magnetic Comic Strip Kit

Attention: Young Designers… here’s a fun way to embrace your inner comic book artist. The kit contains six magnetic write-on/wipe-off background panels to draw your own scenes, one magnetic dry erase marker, two magnetic write-on/wipe-off speech balloons and over twenty flexible action-packed magnetics with special effects, brave explorers and cool vehicles. It has everything you need to make your own epic tales of The Microcosmic Universe on your refrigerator.

Dude: Fun with Dude & Betty

This cheeky debut from Pliscou and Dunne pokes fun at traditional reading primers while reveling in California surf culture. Truly non-bogus retro artwork in the style of 1950s Dick and Jane illustrations evokes a nostalgic sensibility with contemporary updates—including a notably multicultural cast of characters in several beach scenes.


Another Chicago original—our super soft Alphabetables pillows are made of minky fabric, and embroidered with the letter of your choice, in the fabric of your choice.  Machine washable, these 12” x 16” pillows make a great bedroom accent, and can be easily toted on the plane, in the car, to Grandma’s house, etc.  Every time you purchase an Alphabetables pillow, you are providing jobs to 200 Chicagoans with developmental disabilities. Zipper back, insert included. $35.00


“The Hundred Dresses” by Eleanor Estes

The book centers on Wanda Petronski, a poor and friendless Polish-American girl. Her teacher, outwardly kind, puts her in the worst seat in the schoolroom and does not intervene when her schoolmates tease her. One day, after her classmates laugh at her funny last name and the faded blue dress she wears to school every day, Wanda claims to own one hundred dresses, all lined up in her closet at her worn down house. This outrageous and obvious lie becomes a game, as the girls in her class corner her every day before school, demanding that she describe for them all of her dresses.

Wanda ends up leaving school and moving to the city. After she has moved, a dress design competition at school reveals that she was, indeed, telling the truth. Her winning entry consists of beautiful, detailed drawings of one hundred dresses, each exactly as she had described. Her tormentors are awed by her artistic talent.

Even though the book was written in 1944, The Hundred Dresses is a timeless tale that teaches an invaluble lesson about bullying and acceptance that children from any era can relate to. 

Ages 7-12yrs


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Monkeying Around

Three fun books for primate lovers of all ages:

“Monkey Monkey Monkey” Cathy MacLennan
This is a wonderful read-aloud book, full of rhythm and movement.  Its sing-song prose brings to life the adorable illustrations depicting lots of jungle fun.
Ages 2-6yrs

“Monkey See Monkey Draw” Alex Beard
This is a fun story about overcoming fears and using your creativity.  The monkey’s elephant friend teaches them how to finger paint, and the illustrations themselves are finger and thumb prints!
Ages 2-6yrs

“Orangutans are Ticklish: Fun facts from an animal photographer” Steve Grubman

This book of gorgeous up-close animal photographs is chock full of facts that will fascinate young animal lovers, and includes behind-the-scenes peeks at how the photographs were taken.

Ages 3-8yrs


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Don’t miss our fall trunk show!

Get a head start on your back-to-school shopping with great selections from our fall trunk show! With brands like Wonder Boy, City Threads and Morgan & Milo available for preorder, you’ll be sure to find cute fall and winter items for your little one. Stop by our Bucktown location to preview the clothing, or call us toll free at 877-969-9800. Order now and have your new outfits in time for school!

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“Tap Tap Bang Bang” by Emma Garcia

Look at all these tools!  What can they be making?  Tap Tap Bang Bang is a fun filled book for sharing, packed with colorful tools and fun sounds to read aloud with your little helper.  Want to know more? Give us a call toll free at 877-969-9800.  Or order online right now!: http://www.theredballoon.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&keyword=book&product_id=352

Ages 1-4yrs