Zoos in CHICAGO with kids

Chicago is a city filled with fun things to do with the family, and if you like animals, then you will be right in your element!

This Illinois capitol city is home to a number of incredible, fascinating and fun animal attractions that are perfect for the whole family. They are invaluable learning experiences too!

Right in the heart of the city you will find the amazing Lincoln Park Zoo – one of the OLDEST zoological gardens in the entire country. The intimate setting gives kids unbeatable encounters, where they can get face to face with creatures from all over the world.

Look around too, because the zoo is also famous for it’s historical structures that are still standing today!

Brookfield Zoo is another great option, spanning 216 acres. Here, the whole family can encounter the weird and wonderful, and enjoy themed events across the year (great for Halloween and New Years Eve!), as well as enjoy fascinating tours such as behind the scenes, and Zookeeper for a Day.

Don’t think the animal encounters in Chicago are all ABOVE ground though! Head to Shedd Aquarium and you can meet over 32,000 creatures that call the sea home – and some you can even touch!

Get ready for ROARing kids fun on your next family day out!

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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Cosley Zoo

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    (25 miles) Wheaton

    Under 200 animals at this sweet Illinois zoo - AND all kids under 17s get in FREE!

  • Kline Creek Farm

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    (27 miles) West Chicago

    A fascinating look back in time at an 1890s DuPage Country Farmstead. Costumed interpreters and cute animals ready for those kids!

  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    (39 miles) Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, this great Indiana zoo encompasses 15 acres ,and is home to more than 200 animals from all over the world!

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (66 miles) Belvidere

    From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (70 miles) East Troy

    A fun and educational animal petting zoo with interactive animal experiences, pony rides, hay rides and even kittens!

  • Deer Forest Petting Zoo

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    (72 miles) Coloma

    Deer Forest is an animal petting zoo and fun park. You can feed the deer and other animals up close. It also offers kiddie amusement rides, storybook lane, miniature golf, large playground, ...

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    (74 miles) South Bend

    Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Monkey Island

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    (12 miles) Melrose Park

    Bounce, slide, jump and climb in the largest indoor-playground in Chicago! Kids can enjoy 100,000 sq ft. of 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, ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Kids Town

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    (24 miles) Wheaton

    Over a dozen elaborately themed play areas that feature colorful decor, costumes and equipment in a wide range of tiny town style buildings with something for everyone.

  • Yu Kids Island Chicago

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    (24 miles) Schaumberg

    Fun indoor play for kids with over 10 attractions for to play with...from dancing balloons to an enormous revolving tree! An all weather option for kids of most ages.

  • My Gym Wheaton

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    (24 miles) Wheaton

    Classes and programs in Wheaton, Illinois where kids can engage in activities designed to develop their senses, as well as coordination, balance, strength and social skills too!

  • Xtreme Trampolines

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    (25 miles) Carol Stream

    Is the first ever indoor Trampoline Park in the Chicagoland area. We are excited to bring jumping joy to all those trampoline lovers in Illinois. We do birthdays too!

  • Nibbles Play Cafe

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    (25 miles) Wheeling

    Serving north/northshore suburbsof chicago, nibbles' is a family-friendly restaurant with kids indoor play areas. A great venue for 1st/first birthdays, kids birthdays and other family party/parties.

  • FireZone

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    (25 miles) Schaumburg

    A unique interactive indoor play center, allowing a fun, hands-on look into the world of firefighting. Limited opening times.

  • Jump Zone of Schaumburg

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    (25 miles) Schaumburg

    Fun indoor open play and party center in Schaumburg, with plenty of inflatables for those active kids!

  • Funflatables

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    (25 miles) Bloomingdale

    Bounce into 5,000 square feet of fun and interactive combo inflatables based in the kid zone of Stratford Square Mall.

  • Kidstreet at Grounds for Hope Cafe

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    (25 miles) Lisle

    offers an intriguing multi level adventure play frame which features all the classic fun features one expects including slides, plus dedicated toddler zone.

  • Jump Zone Buffalo Grove

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    (25 miles) Buffalo Grove

    Fun open play with inflatables in Buffalo Grove, great for active kids who love to BOUNCE!

  • Jaks Warehouse

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    (26 miles) Schererville

    Indoor fun for active kids in Indiana, with bumper cars, mini golf, climbing structures and more!

  • Bellaboos Childrens Play and Discovery Center

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    (27 miles) Lake Station

    A fun indoor children's play center with both indoor AND outdoor play! Great for those kids under 9 years who can enjoy unstructured and imaginative play!

  • Crete Family Fun Center

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    (29 miles) Crete

    From mini golf to the best arcade games around, we’ve got enough entertainment for the whole family!

  • Cafe N Play

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    (30 miles) Naperville

    Cafe N Play is a community hub where parents and caregivers can enjoy coffee and snacks while their toddlers play in our safe, closed in play area. At Cafe N Play you can set up a playdate, host ...

  • The Blast Zone

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    (30 miles) Vernon Hills

    Indoor play with Turbo Tubs, sharpen your skills with the Bazooka Ball Blasters or jump from the giant Jumpit trampolines into a massive foam pit!