Chicago can boast of being a very child-friendly city with all there is for them to see and do.
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
This is the only museum that currently has two full size planetarium theatres. A permanent exhibition, Shoot for the Moon, highlights the exciting stories of space exploration and America’s bold plans to return to the moon.
In Mission: Moon, young visitors discover the thrills and dangers of being an explorer, and imagine their own futures in space.
Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 922-STAR
Chicago Air and Water Show celebrates three days of “daredevil thrills” in water and air for one weekend in August, on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Address: 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610
Chicago Children's Theatre encourages and engages “the child in all of us,” through theatrical programming.
Address: 1464 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
DuPage Children’s Museum strives to encourage creativity, thinking, curiosity and problem solving.
Address:301 North Washington Street Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 637-8000
Tots on Tuesdays at the Shedd Aquarium are fun filled Tuesdays of activities created just for children. It includes crafts, animal touch programs, costumed characters, story times, singing and dancing.
Address: John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Wonder Works Museum is a children’s museum in Oak Park. It aims to provide an atmosphere in which social, intellectual and emotional development is encouraged in children.
Address: 6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo is a free, green oasis in the midst of the city, just minutes north of downtown. A unique learning experience, it is sure to enthrall children with the variety of fauna housed within. Hear the majestic lion roar, watch gorillas climb trees, observe a beaver build a dam or wander through tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests and spacious savannas. Marvel at the wonders of Regenstein African Journey, where hippos swim, monkeys swing, giraffes graze and meerkats stand at attention when visitors arrive. The zoo also emphasizes on conservation of the rare and beautiful creatures of the wild.
Children are sure to enjoy Farm-in-the-Zoo, a kid-friendly countryside farm located at the zoo’s south end.
Address: 2001 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily