Things to do in CHICAGO with kids

Chicago - The Windy City!  (Kids - don’t worry, you won’t get blown away!).   Chicago is a great, vibrant city for the whole family to explore - and most important - it’s great kids fun!  

You will be spoilt for choice for fun things to do with kids, with all the exciting interactive experiences to immerse themselves in, such as the Adler Planetarium or the Shedd Aquarium, museums to educate and captivate their creative minds such as the fascinating Museum of Contemporary Art, and a host of really fun FREE activities including some really great experiences if you know where to look - like the Peggy Notebaert Museum which offers free entry on certain days.  

If engaging activities for the really little city explorers are what you are looking for, then Chicago certainly delivers with activities like the playfully named Purple Monkey Playroom, and super cool theme parks that the whole family will love, such as the splashingly fun Skokie Water Playground. 

Beautiful parks for kids to run around in, fun sandy beaches to play on, and amazingly yummy foods to be enjoyed….sound good?  

Chicago - just another big city?  Think again! 

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  • The Field Museum

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    (1 miles) Chicago

    Travel back in time across 4.6 billion years, where kids can come face to face with a T-Rex, explore an Egyptian Tomb and shrink down to the size of a bug! Great Chicago fun!

  • Shedd Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Chicago

    Shedd aquarium has over 32,000 animals you can come and see (with plenty you can touch!) Underwater family fun in Chicago!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

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    (1 miles) Chicago

    Explore the world of art as it has been since 1945, with paintings, sculptures and even performance! A very cultural day out for kids in Chicago!

  • Adler Planeterium

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    (1 miles) Chicago

    Great fun in Chicago - and space! - at the Adler Planetarium, with three theatres and a number of fascinating exhibits.

  • Chicago Childrens Museum

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    (1 miles) Chicago

    Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. One of the family places to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Chicago with kids.

  • 360 Chicago

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    (1 miles) Chicago

    360 Chicago will take you to amazing heights with a unique open-air skywalk - 94 stories about the windy city!

  • Historic Navy Pier

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    (2 miles) Chicago

    For over 10 years, Navy Pier has been the place where all of Chicagoland and Tourists alike come together to enjoy all the fun and beauty of a day on Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is a tradition, and when ...

  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

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    (3 miles) Chicago

    offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through our weekend, after-school and summer classes.

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

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    (3 miles) Chicago

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers...and it's FREE! Kids can encounter animals from all over the planet, just minutes north of Chicago!

  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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    (3 miles) Chicago

    An amazing experience in the heart of Chicago, where the family can have a nature and science filled family day out at this Nature Museum.

  • Lincoln Park

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    (3 miles) Chicago

    A huge park in Chicago filled playgrounds, sports, nature, wildlife, and even a zoo!

  • Little Beans Cafe

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    (4 miles) Chicago

    A fun, creative and imaginative indoor play space for those Chicago kids ages up to 6 years! Open play, camps, birthday parties, and a whole lot of fun!

  • Purple Monkey Playroom

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    (4 miles) Chicago

    Purple Monkey Playroom is a bright, fun, and nurturing play destination for infants to preschoolers, and their parents.

  • DuSable Museum of African American History

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    (6 miles) Chicago

    The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the ...

  • Museum of Science and Industry

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    (6 miles) Chicago

    One of the worlds largest science museums, home to more than 35,000 artifacts - nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Great family place to visit ...

  • Go Bananas

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    (11 miles) Norridge

    Amusement park rides, pizza, indoor play, toddler zones, and jungle fun? It must be an incredible family entertainment experience in Illinois!

  • Brookfield Zoo

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    (11 miles) Brookfield

    216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with lots of beautiful animals waiting for families to visit them! An animal-tastic family day out in Chicago - both fun AND educational!

  • Exploritorium

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    (12 miles) Skokie

    The Exploritorium is a incredible place where children and adults can come and explore together through interactive play!

  • Skokie Water Playground

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    (12 miles) Skokie

    A fun place for the family to cool off in summer, this community water park has slides, play areas and a spray ground!

  • Monkey Island

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    (12 miles) Melrose Park

    Bounce, slide, jump and climb in the largest indoor-playground in Chicagoland. 40,000 sqf. pure fun.

  • Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

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    (12 miles) Burbank

    Haunted Trails Burbank comprises of a 3.5 acre site located on Harlem Avenue in Burbank, IL near 79th Street. Attractions include miniature golf, go karts, kiddie karts, batting cages, rides, games, ...

  • Sky High Sports Niles

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    (13 miles) Niles

    Great bouncing fun in Illinois, with trampolines galore! With foam pits, dodgeball, kids areas and more!

  • Little Monkey Bizness

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    (14 miles) Western Springs

    Features several multi level adventure play structures, interactive inflatables and safe toddler zone.

  • Jump Zone

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    (14 miles) Chicago Ridge

    11,000 square feet of all bouncing fun! With 10 super fun inflatables for kids aged 2 - 12.

  • Fun Time Square

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    (15 miles) Alsip

    Whether bored or without an idea of how to spend your spare time, visit Fun Time Square park - one of Chicagoland's favorite family entertainment center

  • Kohl Childrens Museum of Greater Chicago

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    (18 miles) Glenview

    - of Greater Chicago is a hands-on learning laboratory for children ages birth to 8. Our 17 hands-on, interactive exhibits are designed to make learning fun for young children. One of the many fun ...

  • Safariland

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    (19 miles) Villa Park

    Rides, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars....62,000 sq feet of indoor rides and amusements at this Illinois indoor amusement park - it's Safariland!

  • Enchanted Castle Family Fun Center

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    (20 miles) Lombard

    Attractions include laser tag, miniature golf, indoor go-karts, bumper cars, a children\\\'s softplay area, 250 games, and dining accomodations for 625 guests featuring karaoke, an animatronics stage ...

  • Audubon Skate Park

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    (20 miles) Elk Grove Village

    Audubon Skate Park is an 11,000 sq ft, indoor, unheated park featuring launch ramps, quarter pipes, mini pipes, all sorts of ledges, rails, and more.

  • Rainbow Falls Waterpark

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    (21 miles) Elk Grove

    A tropical paradise of thrills and excitement in Illinois! Kids can enjoy a fun house, giant water slides, tot pool, lazy river and more!

  • Nickel City

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    (21 miles) Northbrook

    A vast number of video games that operate with just nickels. Race against other friends or work together to beat the entire game. Nickel City has the perfect games for the entire family. over thirty ...

  • Pavilion Aquatic Center

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    (21 miles) Elk Grove Village

    Indoor and outdoor lap pools, lagoons, water slides, lessons, parties, and much more in this community aquatic center in Elk Grove!

  • Pirates Cove Childrens Theme Park

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    (22 miles) Elk Grove Village

    Buried treasure fun for the kids aged 1 to 9, with the hands-on amusements and entertainment to shivvvvver their timbers! From pirate ships to paddle boats...a great family day out for those little ...

  • K1 Speed

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    (22 miles) Addison

    Feel the rush of the country's premier indoor electric kart track in Addison, Illinois!

  • Morton Arboretum

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    (23 miles) Lisle

    Enormous open air facility offering global plant life, storytelling tree-houses, children's garden interactive play zone, open air tram ride and miles of nature trails.