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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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  • Adler Planeterium

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    (1 miles)Chicago

    Visit the Adler’s three theaters and numerous exhibitions for an unforgettable space science experience. Great family place to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Chicago with kids.

  • The Field Museum

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    (1 miles)Chicago

    Your ticket to travel the world and back in time - spanning 4.6 billion years all under one roof. Come face to face with a T. rex. become bug sized in Underground Adventure or go down into an ancient ...

  • 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)

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

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    (1 miles)Chicago

    One of the nation\'s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents ...

  • 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.

  • The Hancock Observatory

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    (1 miles)Chicago

    Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, John Hancock Observatory is oh so close to the jazz and theater communities, world class shopping, restaurants and nightlife.Feel why Chicago\'s called the ...

  • 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. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal ...

  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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    (3 miles)Chicago

    Kids love this place. They stand spellbound as a just-emerged butterfly with untested wings sees the world outside its chrysalis for the very first time. They search for stick bugs camouflaged on a ...

  • Little Beans Cafe

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    (4 miles)Chicago

    Little Beans Cafe is a family cafe and imaginative playspace for kids in Chicago, IL. We offer open play, classes, events, camps, birthday parties and more. We also have an adjoining ice cream shop ...

  • 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

    Go Bananas offers the ultimate family entertainment experience -- combining the excitement of an amusement park and your favorite summer carnival with great tasting pizza and other family favorites!

  • Brookfield Zoo

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    (11 miles)Brookfield

    - is located on 216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, and is only 12m west of downtown Chicago.The animals are waiting, so come visit today! One of the many family places to go if you're ...

  • Exploritorium

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    (12 miles)Skokie

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

  • Skokie Water Playground

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    (12 miles)Skokie

    Adjacent to the Oakton Community Center at the corner of Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard, Skokie Water Playground is the ideal place to cool off in the summer! The facility features 5 slides, a ...

  • 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

    Sky High Sports is a unique Indoor Trampoline Fun Center with a fitness twist. We have two great locations to serve you: Naperville & Niles. We are the perfect place to host any event or party. Come ...

  • 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

  • Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark

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    (16 miles)Elmhurst

    Join us at the MAYAN ADVENTURE INDOOR WATERPARK at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Elmhurst. 24,000 square feet of wet and wild fun for all ages awaits you! Picture yourself zipping down the Grand Mayan ...