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
Lincoln Park Zoo: 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
Chicago River 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