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Things to Do in Chicago with Kids

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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA648 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a nice park in the heart of Chicago near Lake Michigan. The bean is here though under construction in late May when we went. They also have a concert/pavilion that had a kid friendly music festival going on while we were there for the surrounding school districts. Plenty of people watching, fountains, greenery, and art adjourn the park walking paths. There are also several bathroom facilities free to the public and clean. We felt quite safe the entire time we were there including later in the evening upwards of 9pm.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Sheryl C
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We got there just after opening and left as it was closing. One day is not enough to see it all. My daughter's boyfriend, a real rocket scientist, totally geeked out. He's not a guy of many words but when I asked him about the U-505 tour, he gushed! He, my husband, and daughter took the tour, not my thing. My husband and daughter first saw it when the indoor exhibit first opened and had to come back. They all loved it. The space area where they have models of rockets, for us was kind of meh- for that we have Kennedy Space Center to see rockets and a space shuttle but they don't have a submarine, everything else was great. Wish we had time to go to all of the exhibits. Once again this is a "don't miss place"!!!!
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA648 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty of shops and restaurants on this strip. Didn't do any shopping but they have plenty of it from ritzy luxury brands to target. I stopped in twice at the Starbuck's reserve roastery which I'd recommend. Walking this strip certainly gives you an appreciation for the Chicago Architecture Scene.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Pure_Diamond
    Helsinki, Finland180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm afraid of heights and thought that I can't do this: stand on 103rd class floor and look down. We had 90 secs time to stand on that floor and I sneaked there and looked down. Wow... I did it👍👍👍. Very proud of myself..

    What a view.... I recommend this experience👍
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Shackleton87
    Topeka, KS56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unforgettable baseball experience. This was my son's big request on our trip to Chicago. Crowd was involved, people were friendly, and the environment is a truly unique experience. I've attended games it many major league stadiums, and this is definitely the most unique experience. The "game presentation" isn't quite as involved as some that I have seen, but it doesn't need to be. My only criticism is the same as most ballparks - ridiculous concession prices. $7.99 for a bottle of soda? Also, be patient about exiting - it took us awhile to get out, but that's part of the experience!
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • Mathias n
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to see but the bean was fenced off for some reason put a real damper on the visit. I assume it’s either a short term project or for the winter weather. Regardless it was cool would like to see it up close next time.
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • Caitlin H
    Kansas40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and historic Chicago building that has been skillfully retrofitted for wheelchair accessibility. Multiple bathroom configurations available depending on your personal needs.

    Educational and fun exhibits, including their ticked experiences.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • DriveAllNight
    New City, NY261 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quintessential Chicago - you can’t be here without walking along the river. Again and again! Loved looking at the architecture as we walked.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA648 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Killed an hour or so here before a business meeting on a Thursday and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Some excellent exhibits, active animals, and clean bathrooms. I entered right at opening and had most of the place to myself. Field trips started to trickle in as the day went on but I got to see most of the zoo in an hour and a half. Admission was free but donations are appreciated.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Chicago River is a winding, wandering, wonderful body of water. It flows backward, piercing the heart of Chicago, linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles that runs through downtown Chicago. It is dyed bright green on St. Patrick's Day and is spanned by iconic bridges that open and close to traffic. Today, the main stem of the river flows west from Lake Michigan to Wolf Point, near the Merchandise Mart, where it converges with the North Branch to form the South Branch, which flows southwest and empties into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The North Branch has its beginnings in the northern suburbs where its three principal tributaries converge -- Skokie River, Rondout and Mettawa -- and continue south through Niles before entering Chicago near the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Devon Avenue. Meanwhile, the South Branch enters the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at Damen Avenue and flows down the canal through the southwestern suburbs and, in time, into the Des Plaines River between Crest Hill and Lockport, eventually reaching the Gulf of Mexico. Historically, Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, though probably not the first Europeans to visit the area, are the first recorded explorers to have visited the Chicago River in 1673. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, acknowledged to be the first permanent resident of Chicago, built a farm on the north bank at the mouth of the river in the 1780s. In 1803, Fort Dearborn was constructed on the bank opposite what had been Point du Sable's settlement, on the site of the present day Michigan Avenue Bridge. The first bridge over the river was constructed over the North Branch near present day Kinzie Street in 1832. A second bridge over the South Branch near Randolph Street was added in 1833. Today, the Chicago River is spanned by 38 bridges, down from a peak of 52. To learn about the history of the Chicago River and how the bridges are raised and lowered, visit the five-story, 1,613-square-foot McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum at the southwest bridgehouse of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Looking for other ways to enjoy the river? Take a lightening fast cruise on the speedy Seadog, which jets off from Navy Pier, speeds along the lakefront, then zips down the river. allowing passengers to see the most famous riverfront buildings, including Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Willis Tower, Marina City, Lyric Opera and Merchandise Mart. Take a ride on a fireboat, paddle a kayak, take a guided architectural tour that circles the Loop and glides past the spot where the first settlers to Chicago set up their home base or hail a water taxi to travel via the Chicago River to Chinatown, Navy Pier, the Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Michigan Avenue and Union Station. All in all, there are many exciting ways to explore the Chicago River.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • Baybug2
    Macon, GA315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just be prepared for the wind...........it was nice and warm and people were out and about. It was our first time visiting the Pier. It was nicely done and very spread out so you could move about even when it was busy.

    We will come back for the boat tours and probably some good food as well.

    The view is just absolutely beautiful. It is really hard to believe it is a freshwater lake. Reminded us alot of the Destin FL harbor.
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA648 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty nice fountain set in the more southern portion of Millennium Park. We went in mid-may and the fountain was in full action and was nice to watch for a bit as we strolled the grounds. Note - there is not much shade in this area so you'll be sunblasted.

    It's also the fountain prominently displayed during the opening of Married with Children.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • FOTMM
    United States3,769 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to spend the day. Went with friends and the kids really enjoyed all of the interactive exhibits. There's plenty to see and the cafeteria was a great place to relax and take a break between exhibits.

    We went early, and it seemed to be getting much busier as the day went on so keep that in mind when planning a trip.
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • Outofdodge_10
    Santa Fe, NM1,338 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Garfield Park Observatory is a beautiful place for an event with all of the indoor foliage. There is plenty of room to have dinner, dance and wander around the trees and flowers. About a block away, it can get a bit sketchy, so I thought it was better to Uber than park a car. Especially at night. Uber took care of that.
    Written 29 May 2024
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