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Things to see and do with kids in Chicago

Chicago Kids Attractions


The windy city may not at first glance seem like a city that caters to the little ones, perhaps because of the city's legendary reputation for gangsterism, but children on holiday in Chicago will find there are more than enough attractions and activities to keep them busy, and these days it is very safe.

On clear days, enjoy the panoramic views over the city from atop the iconic Sears Tower, which was renamed the 'Willis Tower' in 2009, or the Hancock Observatory, or enjoy a stroll through Lincoln Park or the Chicago Botanic Gardens on a sunny day. When it's really hot, head off to one of the many indoor playgrounds or even the CoCo Key Water Resort where children can splash around for hours in the massive water park. The Navy Pier is a great place to walk along the docks and enjoy the spectacular views from the Ferris wheel or even a ride on the carousel or the funhouse.

When the wind is blowing and the rain bucketing down, take the kids to the any one of the fascinating and exciting museums Chicago has to offer, many of which are geared specifically towards children. With so many attractions on offer and plenty more lurking round every corner, children on holiday in Chicago will be just as enchanted with this city as their parents.


Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Located on Lake Michigan, the Adler is America's first planetarium and is the only museum in the world with two full-size…

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Chicago Children's Museum

The Chicago Children's Museum is a must for kids of all ages. Located on Navy Pier, the museum offers three storeys of…

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Chicago Field Museum

Chicago's wildly popular Field Museum of Natural History in Lake Shore Drive is home to 'Sue', the largest and most complete…

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Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, beginning at North Avenue and following the shore of Lake Michigan northwards for several miles, is Chicago's…

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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is one of Chicago's most popular destinations and is seen by Chicagoans as the crowning glory of their…

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Shedd Aquarium

One of Chicago's best known attractions, the Shedd, which opened in 1930, remains the world's largest indoor aquarium.…

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Six Flags Great America

Top of the list of attractions for families on holiday in Chicago, the Six Flags Great America is a must for children…

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