Chicago is filled all the wonderful museums and area attractions you would expect being the 3rd largest US city. With all the city has to offer it can be overwhelming if you have limited time. So here are the top 10 things to do when you visit us in the Land of Lincoln.
10 Things to Do with Kids in Chicago, IL
1. Museum of Science and Industry – The Museum of Science & Industry is on of the top 10 Science Museums in the country! Get ready to be blown away by the original U505 Submarine, Farm Tech, a tour of a Coal Mine which takes you on a ride, a Pioneer Zephr train, and more!
2. Field Museum – Our family loves going to the Field Museum to visit world famous Sue – the most complete Tyranasourus Rex ever found. Besides dinosaurs, you will find a large stuffed animal collection including Zebras, whales and more that will amaze your kids. Plus you can explore an ant colony, explore ancient civilizations, and so much more.
3. Morton Arboretum – Do your kids love to run and explore? The Morton Arboretum has 1700 acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands, and restored prairie. Our family loves visiting in the fall when the leaves are just stunning or in the spring when the trees are blooming and the daffodile fields go as far as the eye can see. Don’t miss their amazing Children’s Garden with lots of hands on fun for kidsl
4. Take a tour of Chicago – A great way to explore the city of Chicago is to take a tour. Several years back we were able to take a tour of the city by boat and discovered it was such a unique and fun way to see the city. Plus what kid doesn’t love boats?!
5. Brookfield Zoo – Brookfield Zoo is one of the largest in the country. You can easily spend an entire day visiting the amazing Monkey house, Great Bear Wilderness exhibit with 2 underwater locations to watch them swim, lots of Kangaroos, the Swamp, Penguins, and so much more. This is one of our favorite zoos of all the many we’ve seen around the country.
6. Shedd Aquarium – The Shedd Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the world. Your kids will be impressed by the large variety of both fresh water and salt water fish, the interactive kids exhibits, and the don’t miss shows featuring a beluga whale.
7. Chicago Children’s Museum – If your kids are tired of visiting muesem, pop over to the Chicago Children’s Musem to let the kids play! Your kids will enjoy digging for dinosaur bones, taking a “ride’ on a CTA bus, play in a firehouse, and more.
8. Art Institute of Chicago – If you are an art lover you may want to save some time for the 2nd largest art museum in the Unitd State – The Art Institute of Chicago. Among the 300,000 works of art you’ll find famous pieces from Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, George Seurat, Mary Cassatt, and Vincent Van Gogh.
9. Illinois Railroad Museum – The Illinois Railroad Museum is about an hour drive out of the city, but it has to be. This museum is the largest railroad museum in the United States. Your little train enthusiast will be impressed by the sheer number of trains, the train rides (included in admission), the really old trains, plus you get to go in lots of train. My kids loved pretending they were riding in the sleeper car of an old Zephr train.
10. Wrigley Field – Take me out to the ball game…… at Wrigley field! Wrigley field is the 2nd oldest major baseball field. This immaculately maintained venue is known for ivy covered brick outfield wall hand and hand turned scoreboard among other things. Who wants some >hot dogs< ….. >nachos<?
With so much to see and do around Chicago you are going to want to make it a weekend trip. I highly recommend the Chicago Museum Pass – it easily pays for itself when visiting most of these major attractions. Make sure you plan to order a stuffed Chicago style Pizza and an authentic Chicago hot dog (no ketchup for those 17 and older!) And don’t forget to bring a jacket for your visit, they don’t call it the windy city for nothing!