Things to Do with Kids in Chicago

Chicago offers a myriad of attractions and activities that are fun for the whole family. From world-renowned museums to beautiful urban parks, there are plenty of family-friendly sights for you and your children to enjoy. Chicago also boasts many free year-round activities, including concerts from local and internationally acclaimed musicians, art exhibits, theater performances, and film screenings. Best of all, you'll experience all of this culture while taking in Chicago's celebrated architecture and famous skyline.

Kid-Friendly Chicago Attractions

These kid-friendly attractions combine entertainment, education, and some spectacular sight-seeing! For convenience, the following must-see destinations are grouped together by neighborhood.

Museum Campus on Chicago's Waterfront

Shedd Aquarium

Get a diver's-eye view of the underwater world's most interesting creatures at the World's Aquarium. The floor-to-ceiling exhibit windows put you eye-to-eye with beluga whales, moon jellies, parrotfish, sharks, and even the giant octopus. Shedd Aquarium's 8 unique exhibits will give your children the opportunity to be explorers for the day.

The Field Museum

Come meet Sue, the world's largest T-Rex, at this famous museum of science and anthropology. At this larger-than-life exhibit and many others, you and your family will travel back in time and all around the world. In addition to these educational and astounding displays, the younger kids will enjoy "interpretative stations" that host hands-on activities like writing in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Adler Planetarium

Experience outer space without leaving Chicago at America's first planetarium. Let your child become a space voyager at Planet Explorers, the most immersive, hands-on exhibition the museum has ever offered. Catch a stellar space show in one of the museums three full-size theaters. And don't let the fun stop when you leave; walk out onto the Adler's north or south terraces to view the breathtaking Chicago skyline.

Navy Pier

Magnificent Mile
Navy Pier

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