Taking a trip or just passing through, check out this great list of Things to do in Chicago with Kids! There are so many family friendly attractions!
Chicago is more than just the Windy City, it is the perfect weekend getaway for the entire family. With so much for families to do in Chicago, you might actually want to stay longer! If you have been debating a trip to Chicago but just weren’t sure about your entertainment options, look below at our list of 7 things to do in Chicago with Kids. You will find that Chicago is the perfect one stop shop sure to amuse everyone under your roof!
Things to Do in Chicago with Kids
1. Visit the Shedd Aquarium
Do you love all things under the sea? Visit the Shedd Aquarium and check out all of the live exhibits including seahorses, jellyfish, eels, and hundreds of other species. Go through the exhibits at your own pace, and be sure to check out the live shows performed throughout the day. You can even enjoy lunch at the cafe!
2. Hop over to the Chicago Botanic Garden
Kids and adults alike will love the Chicago Botanic Garden! Enjoy rolling acres of all sorts of native plants and flowers, browse the greenhouses and herb gardens, watch live demonstrations, and enjoy a hands on area for kids. The best part? The garden is FREE to visit! Seasonal hours may vary so check their website for up to date information.
3. Take a Ride on Centennial Wheel
Located at Navy pier, Centennial Wheel is a vintage style ferris wheel ready to entertain you. When you reach the top of the ride you get a lovely view of the city, and while you are at Navy Pier you can take in the shopping and dining options available.
4. Visit the Chicago’s Children's Museum
Children ages 10 and younger will love the hands on experiences waiting for them at the Chicago Children's Museum. Explore the dinosaur exhibit, go back in time, enjoy a spacious art area, and even dig for dino bones! This child friendly museum encourages kids to explore hands on.
5. Head to Millennium Park
You can always find live events such as concerts happening at Millennium Park! You are also sure to enjoy the landscape, sculptures, and other art forms around the park. Pack a picnic, go for a walk, or take in a live show surrounded by this historic park.
6. The Art Institute of Chicago
Art lovers will love the Art Institute of Chicago! This child friendly museum (children 14 and under get in free) showcases all sorts of artistic treasures. You can browse at your own pace or enjoy a mini tour. You will even find a hands on play station for kids to enjoy.
7. Adler Planetarium
If you are fascinated by all things outer space, you will love the Adler Planetarium! Here you can see the moon, peek through an aperture telescope, watch demonstrations, and take advantage of a hands on area for kids. You might not be able to go to the moon for a visit, but the Adler Planetarium is the next best thing!
Are you ready to see what Chicago has to offer? Grab the kiddos and check out these 7 Things to do in Chicago with kids. You will find that all of these destinations offer something fun for the family, and will do their best to make sure you have an amazing experience!
I am Amanda. Mom to 3 wonderful kids & lots of furbabies. Plus wife to my hubby, David, for 20 years (gosh that makes me sound old). In our house we love to get outside, have family fun, and enjoy all Florida has to offer (Hey, Universal!) We do all of that with a few shortcuts.