red navy pier sign with white writting and the big wheel behind

Destination Guide Chicago

The windy city (not named for the reason you might expect!) that feels like you’re on the beach whilst showcasing some of the best architecture in the USA.  I’ve put together this quick family friendly Chicago destination guide to make your next trip as fun as possible.

Make sure you don’t miss these great things to do in Chicago with kids.

  • The Chicago children’s museum

Located at the start of Navy Pier this museum has everything a hands on kid could dream of. From digging for dinosaur bones to hammering nails, they wont want to leave.

  • The Bean in the Park

Otherwise known as Cloud Gate in Millenium park is a huge shiny sculpture designed by Anish Kapoor standing proud and reflecting the beauty of the park and the surrounding architecture. Great for some unusual selfies!

  • The Art Institute of Chicago

Just a quick stroll from the Bean is this brilliant art gallery displaying some fantastic new collections alongside some old favourites. The facilities here are excellent and the institute is easy to navigate. Be sure not to miss some Edward Hopper favourites.

  • Architectural boat tour of Chicago

For the best views of Chicago’s spectacular buildings it’s best to view them by river. Tickets are widely available from the riverside or at navy peer and you will get a history lesson (and the occasional comedy show) along the way.

  • Navy Pier

With enough rides to keep the kids entertained and stunning city views you could easily waste all afternoon at the pier. The big wheel is a must and there are some great spots for lunch. If you’re lucky enough to visit when the weather is good make sure you walk all the way to the bottom to the beer gardens for a cold drink and some brilliant live music, soak up the atmosphere and rest your Chicago weary feet.

  • Magnificent Mile

If shopping’s your thing you can’t go wrong with a wander up the Magnificent Mile, with every store you can imagine and there are all the usual places for a drink or a bite to eat

  • Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

With loads of interactive exhibitions this is one of the best Science museums there is, don’t miss the new Robot Revolution showcasing Robots from around the world

When to go to Chicago with kids

High season : June-August

Low season : November-March

Currency : Dollars

Language : English

Fun facts

The 13 stripes on the American flag represent the 13 original colonies

Not to miss

Get hands on at the Chicago Childrens museum on Navy Pier

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What would you add to this family friendly Chicago destination guide? Let me know in the comments.


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