Things to see and do with kids in Chicago

Chicago Kids Attractions

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

On clear days, enjoy the panoramic views over the city from atop the iconic Sears Tower (now officially called Willis Tower), or the Hancock Observatory, or enjoy a stroll through Lincoln Park or the Chicago Botanic Gardens if the sun is out. When it's really hot, head to 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 and funfair rides. For larger scale amusement park fun the renowned Six Flags Great America is on hand.

In inclement weather, unfortunately common in Chicago, parents should consider visiting one of the high-quality indoor playgrounds in the city. There are also several wonderful museums geared specifically towards children, like the Chicago Children's Museum. 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 oldest planetarium, and boasts two full-size planetarium theatres. The…

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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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Shedd Aquarium

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

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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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