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Chicago for young kids

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Chicago for young kids
Chicago has several museums geared toward kids, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Children's Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Kids will have so much fun they won't even realize they're learning!
Good for: Families, Groups
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Museum of Science and Industry
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Museum of Science and Industry

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is a highly engaging museum located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  It features an... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Chicago Children's Museum
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Chicago Children's Museum

The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Lincoln Park Zoo
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Lincoln Park Zoo

Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of America's last free-admission zoos. The Great Ape House has one of the best assemblages of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!There's so much to do in our 50 acres of parks, promenades... More

Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!There's so much to do in our 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions.Take a ride on our 15-story Ferris wheel. Catch a movie at the IMAX® Theatre. Visit three floors of hands-on fun at the Chicago Children's Museum inside the Family Pavilion. Experience any one of the cruise boat rides departing from Navy Pier's South Dock. Or just kick back and enjoy your favorite form of entertainment at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, Dock Street Stage, Landshark Beer Garden or Family Pavilion Stage.Come experience all that Navy Pier has to offer year-round! Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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American Girl Place
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American Girl Place

Discover why American Girl Place® Chicago is more than just a store—it’s a place for her imagination to soar! She’ll love exploring the worlds of her favorite characters filled with doll collections, books, outfits and more. From inspiring historical characters to the contemporary Girl of the Year® dolls, she's sure to find a character she loves. Plus, My American Girl® dolls let your... More

Discover why American Girl Place® Chicago is more than just a store—it’s a place for her imagination to soar! She’ll love exploring the worlds of her favorite characters filled with doll collections, books, outfits and more. From inspiring historical characters to the contemporary Girl of the Year® dolls, she's sure to find a character she loves. Plus, My American Girl® dolls let your girl create the doll just right for her—and bring her to life at Innerstar University. But that’s not all we have in store! Enjoy fun and fancy dining at the Cafe, where even her doll gets to dine. Be sure to check out the Doll Hair Salon where girls can watch as our stylists create a fresh look for their dolls! Then, commemorate the special day with a visit to the Photo Studio. And when it's time for a special occasion, American Girl is the perfect place to celebrate. From in-store events, and all-inclusive birthday party packages, your girl will always remember her special day. Start planning your visit with the help of our complimentary personal shoppers—they’ll tailor the day to you and your girl! Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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