You’ll have a hard time finding someone who enjoys the public bathroom experience, especially with infants and toddlers. But certain malls, play spaces, museums and hotels across Chicago and the ‘burbs are radically changing a trip to the loo for the better. You’ll no longer poo-poo the idea of stopping at a public restroom once you get to know our top 8 kid-friendly choices. Click through our gallery to see them all.

Bubbles Academy

This Lincoln Park play space was obviously designed by someone who knows a thing or two about potty training. No worries about a frantic potty search as bathrooms are located both upstairs and downstairs and feature trainer toilet seats, step stools and kid-friendly accessories that add an element of fun. In the upstairs restrooms, you’ll feel like nature is literally calling when you take your pick of the owl, mountain lion, mountain goat and wolf rooms with animal sounds pumped in for your listening pleasure.

1504 N. Fremont St., Lincoln Park (312-944-7677 or

Photography by Maggie Rife

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— Maria Barnes, with reporting by Tabitha Green