Chicago Children's Museum

Chicago, IL

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Address: 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Number: 312 527-1000 Website Contact How do we get there?

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Chicago Children's Museum is where kids can enjoy fun indoor play with a host of experiences and activities that allow them to play, create, learn, experience & develop key skills, and let those imaginations run wild!

Kids can step into the boots of a firefighters complete with authentic gear, and slide down the pole to the fire truck, and pretend to be brave firefighters in the city!

Creative kids can express themselves in the Art Studio where open-ended activities can allow them to explore their artistic side, and they even offer drop-in programs and workshops for those who want to explore a little more deeply!

Great for those little ones under 5 years is Kids Town, where they can shop in a grocery store, wash the car, change a tyre, and drive a CTA bus, all in a kiddie sized town, and future construction workers can take the Skyscraper Challenge and see who can build their own one-of-a-kind structure!

Did we mention there were dinosaurs at the Chicago Children's Museum too? You can dig in a re-creation of the real Saharan expedition and see a life-size skeleton of a dinosaur, plus dig for bones!

Rev those engines in the Zoom Room where kids can be in the drivers seat as toy cars hurtle through curves, and dips, all on a multi level race course, and of course what would a children's museum be without water play! Make a splash in a flowing, squirting and pumping playground!

With so much hands-on fun to enjoy for kids, could it be possible to have TOO much fun? There is only one way to find out!

Kids - let's PLAY!

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How much does it cost?









Seniors $13.95, free for veterans & active military


Free Under

12 months, & free for under 15s the first Sunday of the month


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Navy Pier offers 1,500 indoor parking spaces. Museum members receive a discount validation for Navy Pier Parking. When Navy Pier garages are full (indicated by electronic signage and traffic aides), there are alternate lots nearby offering $15 discounted parking, with validation

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Bottled water and coffee contained in thermal mugs are permitted. Beverages in fast-food containers and outside food are not allowed inside the museum. Small snack items, such as crackers and string cheese, can be consumed in the Snack Spot,

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Their exhibits and experiences provide hands-on engagement with subjects like math, language, science and engineering with education-rich, play-filled activities, so give them a call to arrange a field trip!

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The CCM Gift Shop is the place to shop for educational toys that WOW! You'll find an assortment of one-of-a-kind dolls, puzzles, games and more for kids (and grownups) of all ages! We also carry a variety of CCM-logo merchandise and exhibit-related books and toys you won't find anywhere else.

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The museum is accessible, and the second Saturday of every month, Play For All events invite children and families with disabilities to experience Chicago Children’s Museum’s inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs. The museum opens one hour early, at 9 am, for pre-registered guests

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Baby Facilities

Strollers are allowed in the museum. They may be left in our unattended coat room or remain with you during your visit to the museum. Many exhibits have stroller parking areas outside the exhibit, but for those that don’t, we ask that you please refrain from leaving your stroller in high traffic areas such as exhibit entrances and exits.

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily (8pm close Thursdays)

Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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