Exploring Chicago With Children

Visiting Chicago with children can be a wonderful experience as there is a lot to do!

  1. The Field Museum is a must see. Come see Sue, the largest T-Rex! There is a new Creatures of Light exhibit, with plenty of interactive things for kids to do, as well as a glow-worm cave to explore.  ($23 for 12 and up, $16 for kids 3 to 11, free for younger kids).
  2. The Adler Planetarium. They offer eight different shows, including One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure ($22 for 12 and up, $18 for kids 3 to 11 for admission and one show).
  3. Shedd Aquarium. With more than 32,500 animals representing 1,500 species, the Shedd Aquarium has lots to offer. Don’t miss the seasonal stingray exhibit which runs through October and the aquatic show with dolphins, whales, and sea otters. ($35 for 12 and up, $26 for kids ages 3 to 11, free for younger kids, with advance online purchase of the “total experience pass.”)
  4. Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. The pier is also home to Chicago’s Children’s Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
  5. Millennium Park. This urban park has a three-story steel sculpture (“The Bean”) that’s a popular photo opportunity because it reflects the Chicago skyline.  Take a picture in front of Cloud Gate, the official name for the massive, stainless steel structure that’s become Chicago’s signature landmark. In its mirror-like surface you’ll see not only your own reflection but the downtown skyline. Also don’t miss the Lurie Garden and the Crown Fountain, where kids love to get wet.
  6. Lincoln Park Zoo. A favorite among local families, the Lincoln Park Zoo costs nothing to enter. Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation. Don’t miss the Treetop Canopy Climbing Adventure or the Penguin Encounter.

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