Planning a getaway to the Windy
City with the little ones? If so,
check out these five family friendly Chicago
attractions that are sure to please the entire household.

On your next trip to Chicago, be sure to fit in some time to
spend a few hours at beautiful Millennium
Park. This popular hangout to
locals and visitors, located in the historical downtown Loop
section of the Windy City,
provides many great attractions. One in particular called Cloud Gate (although
most people just call it "The Bean") is a great public display of art
that was sculpted by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Located in the
heart of Chicago, there are many
restaurants, museums, and shows nearby. North Michigan
Avenue & East
Randolph Street

Willis Tower Skydeck (formerly Sears
Tower): Located on the 103rd
floor of this “Second City”
landmark building, the Skydeck at Willis
Tower offers visitors incredible views
panoramic views. Not only can you get a bird’s eye view of the city of Chicago,
but on a clear day you can see the rest of Illinois
as well as Michigan, Wisconsin,
and Indiana. Thrill seekers can
take a walk on the all-new “Ledge”, which is a glass box that extends 4.3 feet
from the skyscraper. There is also much more to do than just look out the
window when visiting. Check out the interactive museum quality exhibits
showcasing the rich history of Chicago
and end your tour with lunch or dinner at Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli. 233 South Wacker Drive

Open year-round and free to the public, this 35-acre animal abode has been
located in the Lincoln Park section
of Chicago since 1868. The zoo
includes reptiles, gorillas, penguins, monkeys, and more than 1,200 other types
of animals. The zoo offers two separate areas for children called “Pritzker Family
Children’s Zoo” and the John Deere sponsored “Farm-in-the-Zoo.” 2001 North Clark Street

Chicago Children’s Museum: Although children’s
museum can be found in any major city across the country, Chicago
can lay claim as being the first. Opened in 1982, Chicago Children’s Museum is
the perfect place to take the kids for a lazy afternoon. Not only do the rug
rats get to play at the interactive attractions, but they will also gain valuable
knowledge at the same time. This may be the first time that your kids will want
to stay and learn something while on vacation. 700 East
Grand Avenue

Cruise: This is
by far the best way to view Chicago’s
amazing architecture up close. As you glide down the river that splits the Windy
City in two, look around at all the
beautiful buildings that scrape the sky. Travelers young and old will also be
able to learn more about the rich history that makes Chicago
so great via tour guides on cruises like Wendella boats. 400 North Michigan Avenue

One Response

  1. donna

    great info! i wish i had it prior to my last trip…i will use this as a resource when going next time. Great ideas!


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