1 Women’s Lounge at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

No one wants to nurse in a norovirus-spackled mall bathroom. But this impeccably tidy, salon-like space — in a separate room from the toilets —has plush couches and low lighting. 55 E. Grand Ave., Near North Side

2 Build Coffee

The coffeehouse and hub for community organizers hosted a nurse-in last summer, complete with a photographer snapping portraits of breastfeeding moms. So yeah, you can definitely feel comfortable tossing off the fugly “tata cover” you got at your baby shower. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Woodlawn

Albert Berger Park
Albert Berger Park Photo: Warren Black

3 Northernmost Bench at Albert Berger Park

When you’re desperate for a gasp of fresh air, for the love of God, head to this Far North Side spot, which has some of the best unobstructed lake views and plenty of privacy, thanks to a shady grove of trees. 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., Edgewater

4 Café at Whole Foods Market Englewood

The long padded benches allow you to spread out all your gear. Bonus: The store carries a solid selection of lactation supplements and teas. 832 W. 63rd St., Englewood

5 Chicago Public Library Water Works Branch

Check out a book, settle into one of the many low-slung chairs or couches in this jewel box of a library, and smugly celebrate your escape from the throngs on Michigan Avenue. 163 E. Pearson St., Gold Coast