Parent Sanity Saver - Home Organization!

Parent Sanity Saver - Home Organization!

On top of running two businesses, Purple Monkey Playroom, and Aubergine Chicago, I was recently hit with a medical diagnosis that had me undertaking my newest full-time job of recovering from surgery for 6 weeks. Weight restriction in each arm - max 5 lbs but more like zero. Range of motion - very little.

On top of the general mess that momentarily became my life, I looked around at the growing disaster that was my 9-year-old’s bedroom, and the detritus that seemed to multiply, exponentially, with each passing second.

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I didn’t have the arm strength to help her organize and sort, and she was losing track of where things went. I was reaching level 10 stress and frustration, without much recourse but to just wait out my immobility.

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Enter Brooke Glassman, of Organized by Brooke, my knight in shining athleisure!

As it turns out, she was completely undeterred by our war zone, and even had tricks up her sleeve to keep it from getting it that way again.

Now I know how to pull out a mess, throw away piles, and put things back again. And my daughter and I did a bit of pre-work to that effect. But what we were missing was Brooke’s trained eye. Which was exactly what we needed to start our new system of getting organized and staying that way.

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Our dog, Minnie Mouse, was eager to show Brooke the issues. And, as you can see, they were literally flowing out of the drawers. This was no concern for Brooke. After taking everything out and surveying how we could better make use of the space we had, she neatly put every article of clothing back in each drawer standing up straight, in a file-like system, so my daughter can see all of her clothing instead of rummaging through it.

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Best of all, she brought her trusty label maker to label where each article of clothing should be “filed” so that we don’t forget after she’s gone. ***Never leave us Brooke! Never leave!****

She also expertly rearranged the Elfa shelving that had come with our home over a decade ago and made sense of a closet that never quite worked the way it needed to.


It’s hard to see in the above photo, but she also labeled every section of our hairbow/headband/fashion scarf organizer, so things don’t get thrown back in willy-nilly.

Space was created in drawers for knick-knacks that don’t need to sit out. Catch-all bins were set on the desk so that papers aren’t flying about.

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All-in-all the project took about 2 hours, during which Brooke graciously allowed me to - uh - take a nap.

One week later, the room is still in perfect order, my daughter is THRILLED, and I can’t recommend Brooke enough.

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Don’t tell my husband but I have grand plans to have her back for the rest of the house. And soon.

I have a mental road block when it comes to outsourcing things I know I can do on my own. But, it turns out, I couldn’t have done exactly what Brooke did because I lack her trained eye. And all of her patience.

If this sounds like you, get in touch with her for a free consultation. If you mention Purple Monkey, she’ll even sweeten the deal a bit - as she loves working with familes.



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Thank you again, Brooke, for taking control when I couldn’t, and making our family - me in particular - so much more relaxed.

~Jessica, Owner

Purple Monkey Playroom

Aubergine Chicago

Buy a 10 Pass and Get Three Free Snacks!

We are so excited to announce our brand new partnership with Lil’ Gourmets, fresh organic veggie meals for babies and tots!

For a limited time when you purchase a full-priced, 10 visit pass from either Purple Monkey Playrooom or Aubergine Chicago, receive a punch card for three FREE Lil Gourmet snacks, available during drop-in play (a value of $11.07 plus tax!)

You know no matter how many snacks you pack, your kids love to grab things from the cooler.

Now they can not only choose their snack, but they will get a full serving of fresh veggies while they’re at it.

Also available for $3.69 each when they’re asking for more!


Summer Cake Camp at Purple Monkey Playroom

Looking for summer activities for your kids ages 4-12? 


We are thrilled that City Epicurean has chosen our space as the location for its acclaimed cake camp!

Camps can be purchased for weekly attendance or on a daily drop-in basis. 

Daily Rate: $50

Weekly Rate: $250 (4th of July week $195)

Mention Purple Monkey when booking and take $10 off! Online code: PURPLE!

Interested in additional info? Complete the inquiry form below!

HOT DISCOUNT on Birthday Parties!


Hot weather is on its way and with that brings the outdoor party bug.

We get it - we love the outdoors! Except for when it's too hot. Or rainy. Or the bees won't leave your fondant cake alone. So we're offering you an opportunity to book our award-winning space at a discounted rate, where you can be assured of a rain-free, airconditioned, and awesome celebration. 

Want to add summer flair? Our giant tiki hut is the perfect backdrop for an Island Party or a Moana-inspired celebration!

Add on our gourmet ice cream bar to bring the taste of summer indoors. 

This offer is for a very limited time only. 

Click here to see all of our packages. 

Reserve your time and date now using booking code HOT2018. 

Valid only on the BASIC MONKEY PACKAGE.

New bookings only - no exceptions. 

Cannot be combined with any other offer. 


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April 16 is your lucky morning!

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Agents Ashley Silver and Jessica Rosien will sponsor playtime the morning of Monday, April 16!

They're also North Shore real estate gurus, so while they're in, they can answer any questions you may have about a move to the 'burbs. (Sniff! We'd miss you!)

Mark your calendars! They'll cover admissions for both drop-ins and passholders!


Chicago Kids Birthday Parties

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Award-Winning Birthday Party Destination for Chicago Kids

Did you know that for over six years we've been an award-winning playroom for Chicago Kids Birthdays? We do 1st birthdays, toddler birthdays, and children's birthdays through age 6. And we do it all, so that you can relax and enjoy your child's special day. 

We've won the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award - several times over - for Best Chicago Birthday Destination, and most recently won the Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award for Parent's Choice Birthday Party. 

Want a Pinterest-perfect celebration without losing sleep? Our baker and graphic designer will team up to give you the cake and decorations of your dreams. 

Looking for a costumed character? We've got 'em! Princesses, Superheroes, Paw Patrol, Frozen, Moana? Check! Check! Check! Check! Want face painting? Balloon twisting? We can arrange it all. 

Is your sweet tooth calling? We can do custom fondant cakes, sweet tables, ice cream bars, chocolate fountains, dipped apple bars, hot chocolate bars.

And the best part is, you don't have to lift a finger. Our staff will take care of you from planning to set-up, to clean-up - and everything in between. 

Prefer to do it all yourself? Our Basic package will give you just enough assistance to keep you relaxed. But we welcome any outside food, drink and decoration. 

Best of all? Your space rental is a private party and there is no limit on kids. 

Take a look at some of our pics - and call us for a consultation!

Spanish for Kids and Toddlers with Totus Lingua

Have you checked out our kids language classes yet? 

This session Totus Lingua will be offering Spanish language workshops for both children and toddlers. 

Totus Lingua™ is a licensee of the Language Workshop for Children®. It is owned and led by native speakers who understand the value of learning languages in a globalized environment.

Contact Totus Lingua at 224-420-2371 for additional information!


Spanish for Kids

Ages 3-7 • Wednesdays • 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.


Spanish for Tots

6m-3y • Tuesdays • 8:30-9:15am

$245 | 10 Week Session | 45 Minutes | LWFC Songs & More Workbook/CD Set Included.

Enjoy discounted, $5 playtime at Purple Monkey after your class (morning classes only)

Students attend with a parent or caregiver. Gentle language immersion games, individual teacher-child interaction, visual aids, original LWFC vocabulary-building songs, and tactile materials stimulate the children to absorb the target language. Motor skills and coordination are developed while handling toys and visual aids. Interaction with other children and participating in the class will not only spark their imagination and their spirit of discovery, but also will further develop their social skills.


Live Music at Purple Monkey



Join Mr. Nick (Nicholas Davio) for a jam session in the playroom!

February 27

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Included with Drop-In Admission!

Nicholas Davio is a Chicago-based music director, multi-instrumentalist, teaching artist and songwriter who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. Notable theater credits as Music Director include Shelly Duvall's: Women Under the Influence Theatre. (Salonathon and Steppenwolf's LookOut Presents). The David Bowie Variety Hour (MCA Chicago). Frederick and A Year with Frog and Toad (Chicago Children's Theatre). Alien Queen (Scooty and JoJo). Rent (Columbia College Chicago). Big River (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble). The Spitfire Grill and The Robber Bridegroom (Chicago Academy for the Arts). He currently holds teaching artist positions at The Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Children’s Theatre. Nicholas also served as the rehearsal guitarist for the Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet for 5 years, and has been nominated twice in the "Musical Direction" category by the Jeff Awards committee.   

Child Abuse Prevention Seminar

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Preventing abuse starts with parents and caregivers teaching children about healthy relationships, sexual development, privacy and boundaries. Empowering parents and caregivers to have these tough conversations with their children and the adults who care for them is crucial.

Join expert Mirella Alexis for an informative discussion on keeping your family safe including:

  • Preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting abuse
  • Recognizing trauma
  • Strategies to support children, families and yourself

About Mirella

Mirella is a survivor of abuse and has made it her mission to give as many people the education, tools, and confidence they need to help prevent child abuse. Mirella graduated with honors with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College.  In early 2016, Mirella founded Chicago Nanny Training Day to spread her love and knowledge about Early Childhood Education. Mirella is a firm proponent that early intervention is key in preventing and detecting child abuse and has founded Mirella Alexis, LLC which has partnered with several organizations including The Chicago Children’s Advisory Council. 

Presidents' Day Off Camp

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Monday, February 19 is a day off of school.

We are OPEN for playtime for your little ones.

And we are also so excited to partner with Totus Lingua to offer camp for your bigger kids at the Salem Christian School campus in Logan Square. 

Monday, February 19

8:00 a.m - Noon

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Salem Christian School

2018 N. Richmond

Geared toward children ages 5-9, Totus Lingua has both full and half day options for hours of fun!

Sample activities include:

  • Spanish vocabulary and story time
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance
  • Spanish educational play using Legos, Play Doh, blocks, and puzzles

Children should bring their own nut free lunch and snack. 

Half Day Session: 8:00 a.m. - Noon ($65/child). Register by February 11 using coupon code EARLYHALF and save $10/child. 

Full Day Session: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Register by February 11 using coupon code EARLYFULL  and save $20/child. 

Questions? Contact Lourdes Hubard, Totus Lingua, at (312) 925-9842 or




Purple Monkey Valentine's Day Party!

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away and we can't wait to celebrate! Mickey and Minnie will join us this year for a pizza party, playtime, and character meet-and-greets. 

This year we're offering a special coupon code for our first five registrants to take $5 off with the coupon code VDAYEARLY5. 

This party is always a sell-out! Don't wait to register!

Check out some pics from previous celebrations!

Earn FREE VISITS to Purple Monkey!

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A research team from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's) and Northwestern University School of medicine invites you to consider participating in a research study. The study is being done to learn about methods for classifying types of physical activity for toddlers, using accelerometers (devices to measure movement).

If your child is 13 to 35 months old (at the time of your study participation) and is able to walk on his or her own, he or she may be eligible for our study.

The study will be held at Purple Monkey Playroom in January to March 2018. If your child participates, your child will be asked to wear two accelerometers, one on their wrist and one on their waist, while completing different types of physical activity (including walking, running, standing, sitting, lying down, and being carried by an adult), for 20-30 minutes. Your child's activities will be video recorded. We may ask you or your child's caregiver to assist your child in these activities. We will ask you or your child's caregiver for the for the following information about your child: age, sex, race, and ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). We will also weigh your child and record his or her weight.

If your child completes the study (one 20-30 minute observation period), you will receive a $30 gift certificate to Purple Monkey. If your child participates for most of the time but does not complete the study, you will receive a $15 gift certificate.

If you have further questions about the study, please contact Katherine Nickele (, 312-227-7076) or Patricia Zavos (; 312-227-7041).

This study is Lurie Children's IRB #2018-1527 ASSESSMENT OF TODDLER'S PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, Dr. Soyang Kwon, PhD.

Not-At-All-Spooky Halloween Party 2017

Another awesome Halloween Party is in the bag! 

We welcomed princess, kitties, superheros, Foofa, Red Riding Hood, several Daniel Tigers, Jane Fonda, and even a CTA Bus Driver!

Daniel Tiger got lots of toddler love...and even some Mommy and Daddy love too. 

Our Caramel Apple bar topped off the evening!

Thanks again to everyone who came out!

New At Purple Monkey!

We have some awesome new additions to the playroom this season! Our TeePeeJoy tee pee is a huge hit for both tiny guests looking to explore and "big kids" looking to nestle in and camp out. 


We've also added to our magnetic toy collection with People Blocks, which are designed specifically for tiny hands. The little ones can easily stack them while the older ones can create! We love that the magnets are buried within so we never have to worry about anything coming loose and ending up in a mouth. 

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And finally, we have something our adult guests can really enjoy! A massage chair! We're not gonna name names but we've seen some five minute massages turn into 20 minute massages. Be sure to snag a seat next you're in!

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Portraits, Pizza & Playtime

Is it just us or did we have the cutest kids attend our Portraits, Pizza, and Playtime event for our 6th year and counting?

And, of course, we have to give credit to the incomparable TK Photography for capturing all of these adorable little personalities. 


Did you miss this year's event? You don't have to wait until next year's party - TK is currently offering Halloween, Santa, and and Holiday Mini Sessions to get your pics holiday-card ready!





Custom Birthday Party - Crepe Station Upgrade

When Melissa's Pal Crepes contacted us about their mobile crepe station we knew this would be a hit with our birthday celebrants. And, of course, the minute we added it to our menu, the requests came flooding in!

Our first live crepe station upgrade was this past Saturday and guests were treated to over 20 selections of sweet and savory combinations. 

Crepes can be added to any celebration and Pal Crepes offers both a live crepe station and a drop-off option. Contact us to let us know how we can help you design a perfect crepe offering for your upcoming party!


$5 Discounted Playtime at Purple Monkey

No. You don't have dust in your eyes. Your kids really CAN play for just $5 per child at Purple Monkey Playroom!

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How? Sign up for one of our classes and stay to play (morning classes) for just an additional $5.  We offer the same deal prior to classes for our evening offerings. 

Right now we have five incredible options - all of which are held around playroom open hours, so classes are completely private. 


Spanish for Tots with Totus Lingua

Spanish for Children with Totus Lingua

Chinese for Tots with Totus Lingua


Zumbini with Alejandra

Gymnastics with Chicago Loves Dance

Many of our classes also have Pearachute drop-in options, so if you want to try one out before committing, check your roster for availability!


Dance Parties for Kids and Tweens

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We love gymnastics class at with Chicago Loves Dance at Purple Monkey on Thursday nights and we're thrilled to partner with them for kids birthday parties!

Not only can we offer dance, yoga, and gymnastics parties at our main playroom location for kids celebrating their 1st - 6th birthdays, we can also offer them at any of our alternate venues, which can accommodate older kids and/or larger celebrations!

The best part of combining CLD with Purple Monkey? You get our full-service package (we all of the planning, set-up, and clean-up), in addition to all of our award-winning upgrades. 

Looking for a princess, yoga party with an ice cream bar? We've got you covered!