This post originally appeared at ChooseChicago.com, where I am a contributing writer.
This summer, girls across the U.S. will be heading to the movies to "An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success," an inspiring feature-length movie based on the the book series that follows the culinary exploits of the American Girl 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas. Grace shows girls today that following your dreams can lead to sweet rewards, as she works toward opening a bakery of her very own. To celebrate the debut of "Grace Stirs Up Success," American Girl Place Chicago will be baking up fun all summer long with crafts activities, workshops, special diners and more.
On July 7, bring your girl and her doll to American Girl Place Chicago for an afternoon filled with Grace-inspired fun highlighting the city of Chicago: You'll enjoy Grace-inspired crafts and cookie decorating at the 360 CHICAGO observatory, where you'll be able to take in 360-degree views from 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile.
On July 17, moms and their girls are invited to a special dinner featuring fun craft-making activities. On July 9 or August 13, the Discover Truly Me Event will help girls to discover their hidden talents via fun crafts and group activities. All participants will receive a doll-sized Truly Me tee. The events calendar at American Girl Place Chicago updates frequently, with more events being added throughout the summer, so check back often, and plan your visit around one of the many festive happenings.
American Girl is also partnering with Williams-Sonoma, the premier specialty retailer of cookware and home furnishings in the United States, and will be offering a new line of premium, American Girl-branded products. While you're at Williams-Sonoma, pick up a limited edition American Girl spatula and 30 percent of the proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry, a campaign that is dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States. For more information about the Williams-Sonoma product line and culinary classes, visitwilliams-sonoma.com.
Grace fans can explore Grace's world, receive a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming film, including the movie trailer and video clips, cast and character bios, movie-related events, games and downloadable wallpapers at americangirl.com/girloftheyear.
Consider extending the fun by spending your night at a Magnificent Mile area hotel that offers special, sweet amenities for girls and dolls. To make a reservation for the American Girl Place Chicago Cafe, call the reservation hotline at 877-247-5223 or book online at americangirl.com.