We can't wait for you to check out our "Top 9 Family Attractions" for the Windy City, and yes, we are talking about Chicago! This exciting and vibrant capital of Illinois has so many things to do with kids, we list our ultimate favorites below, plus we let you know our favorite FREE things to do with kids as well!. If that isn't enough, you'll see our transport tips for Chicago, as well as fun facts to impress your friends with. We also let you know about a great day trip from Chicago too, and some famous faces that were born here! We want to make sure you don’t miss out anything when visiting the bright lights of the this amazing city.
So whether this is your first trip to home of the Chicago Cubs, or you've lived here for years and just thought "I wonder what is there is to do near me", then keep reading, because we have the top things to do in Chicago with kids, just for you!
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago officially became a city in 1837 and didn't take long for people to flock to it's gorgeous shores. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed several square miles of the city in 1871, but the city quickly picked itself up leading to the largest construction boom in the history of the nation, and by 1900 Chicago exploded to become the fifth largest city in the USA.
Between 1919 and 1933, Chicago experienced it's "Gangster Era" (which you would know from the movies!) as a result of Prohibition, creating household names of gangsters including Al Capone, and the city also survivied the Great Depression, so when you have a city surviving so much history, you know it only gets stronger and greater!
Chicago experiences hot and humid summers, and cold and snowy winters, but that doesn't stop over 50 millions tourists visiting every year (and that number is just growing!) What's amazing about Chicago, is there are so record-breaking attractions! Did you know that the Museum of Science and Industry is the LARGEST science museum in the nation? Did you know that Adler Planetarium is the FIRST even planetarium in the country? It's a city of so many amazing family-friendly experiences, that until you visit yourselves, just reading about it won't quite do it justice!
Chicago "L" System Map
Chicago might be a super easy city to explore on foot, but that doesn't stop the it operating the nation's second largest public transportation system (another record!)
Buses are a great alternative to getting around the city, not only serving the city but also 40 neighboring communities. You can also enjoy the part-elevated "L" trains, connecting the city via 144 above-ground, streer-level AND subway stations, so it's one of the most efficient affordable ways to explore Chicago.
Single bus rides are only $2.20, and Ventra tickets for bus or rail are $3 for full fare and two transfers.
Source and Image Credit: More information here: CTA