A Visit to Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

It’s relatively well-established that I love toddler-friendly playspaces. My two-year-old easily entertains herself and there’s usually coffee and free wi-fi for me — win-win!

Unfortunately, in the suburbs of Chicago, playspaces and play cafes are few and far between, so when my family was invited to check out the new Little Beans Cafe in Evanston before it opened to the public, we of course said yes.

Put Little Beans Cafe in Evanston on your toddler's bucket list: There's so much to see and do including a huge play space, a cafe, a "ninja-style" obstacle course, a karaoke room, a gym, and more!

This is the second location for Little Beans Cafe — the location in the city has been open for several years, but since we live in the suburbs, we’ve never actually been, so I had no idea what to expect from Little Beans Evanston. What we saw blew us away.

First of all, the playspace is HUGE. Emme was immediately off and playing. Cafe tables are set up around the parameter of playspace where parents can sip coffee while their little one explores. Want to guess where I was hanging out?

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

Emme surveys the playspace.

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

The General Store was Em’s favorite part.

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

There’s a great tot-sized climbing structure, which was a big hit with Emme as well.

The space also has a separate section for crawlers and a room for babies that includes comfortable chairs for nursing mamas. Always a plus.

But wait! There’s more!

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston has way more, including a “ninja-style” obstacle course perfect for older kids. We couldn’t resist letting Emme give some of the equipment a try (with her daddy close by).

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

Daddy helping Em across a climbing net. In the background you can see the zip line that hovers above a pit filled with foam cubes. Yes. I said a zip line.

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

Emme bounces across the bosu balls.

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston

Opposite the obstacle course area is a half-court gymnasium complete with basketball hoop. There’s also an arts and crafts room, a few multipurpose spaces, and a karaoke room <— A karaoke room!

Little Beans Cafe in Evanston opened to the public last week and is a great location for Chicago-area families in northern and Northshore suburbs — a must-do for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids.