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Waterlemon Kids Best of Chicago Magazine 2019

It's a perennial parental conundrum: Go stir-crazy at home or risk contracting coxsackievirus at an indoor play hell. The solution? This breezy storefront, owned by former HGTV   producer Nina Makovski and her husband, where the toys are (mostly)   made of wood, the coffee is delicious, and every surface is spotless. 











Waterlemon, whose name is a fun play-on-words that nods to the often-jumbled way toddlers pronounce certain multi-syllable tongue twisters, is a one-of-a-kind concept store.  It includes a boutique featuring carefully curated children’s clothes and accessories, toys, party décor and gifts for the entire family. There is also a café where the coffee is always fresh and the fare always delicious, and of course, an inspiring play space perfectly suited for children aged 0-5. The café seating area and play space are also available for private parties on weekends, offering parents a clean, stylish, intimate setting for up to 45 guests.



Nina Makovski, who has ties to the area, plans to open the Waterlemon shop with husband, Paul, at 25 S. La Grange Road, after receiving zoning approvals Monday from the La Grange Village Board.

“I love this town so much I moved back from California to raise my daughter here,” Makovski said. She grew up in La Grange Park, graduated from Lyons Township High School and says she has many fond memories of the downtown area.

Such a business required a permit for a children’s indoor recreation facility, and garnered the support of the La Grange Plan Commission Sept. 11 before the Village Board’s unanimous approval.



Waterlemon Kids Suburban Life

Waterlemon is not your typical indoor playground. And no, that’s not a spelling error.

A fun play-on-words of children’s common mispronunciations of difficult words, Waterlemon seeks to bring a warm, cozy space for children and parents alike to spend time together.

Located in the heart of downtown La Grange, the sleek and stylish indoor play space offers a creative area for children to explore, a cafe and retail shop all in one.




Where: 25 S. La Grange Road, La Grange

This light, airy spot that is a combo playplace, retail boutique and cafe gives you plenty of reasons to dream about sunny days.

What kids will love: A custom-built clubhouse with two slides, a reading corner and multiple play zones with toys.

What parents will love: Space to relax and shop while the kids play, plus freshly brewed coffee.




In our conversation, we discuss how Nina and her family decided to leave LA returning to their midwest roots when their daughter was born, how their desire to provide a place with something for everyone in the family lead to opening WaterLemon Kids, and how Riverside has delivered in spades providing the neighborly interactions and small town experiences that they were missing out west.

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