Chicago Kids Attractions

The 'Windy City' may not at first glance seem like a destination that caters well to little ones. But families on holiday in Chicago will find there are more than enough attractions and activities to keep kids busy.

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. 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 around every corner, children on holiday in Chicago will be just as enchanted with this city as their parents.

Field Museum

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 Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found. The dinosaur came to rest here after being unearthed in South Dakota when the museum bought her remains...  see full details



Lion at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, beginning at North Avenue and following the shore of Lake Michigan northwards, is Chicago's largest park. It contains many things to see and do, such as bathing beaches, a botanical conservatory, a golf course, grassy meadows, formal gardens, and sports fields. Pride...  see full details



Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Great America

Top of the list of attractions for families on holiday in Chicago is the Six Flags Great America. Featuring some of the country's most exciting theme park rides, such as the Dark Knight Coaster, Bedrock Boulder Roller, and the Condor, the Six Flags Great...  see full details



Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

One of Chicago's best known attractions, the Shedd, opened in 1930, remains one of the world's largest indoor aquariums. The octagonal marble building houses more than 8,000 river, lake, and sea creatures. The main attraction is the Caribbean Coral Reef exhibit and other marine...  see full details



Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Located on Lake Michigan, the Adler is America's oldest planetarium, and boasts two full-size planetarium theatres. Visitors and locals alike have marvelled at the night sky in the historic Sky Theatre since 1930. It now feature the all-digital StarRider Theatre which is the first...  see full details



Chicago Children's Museum

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 interactive exhibits with plenty of hands-on fun. The main attraction at the museum is the three-storey tall replica of an 1850s Schooner,...  see full details



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