Things to Do in Chicago with Kids


You may not have known it, but Chicago has plenty to offer families with young kids. Whether you’re a first-timer in the windy city or a local, here are some of the most fun things to do in Chicago with kids.

Visit Kohl Children’s Museum

This museum features almost 20 permanent, fascinating exhibits, a water works station, and a pet vet center. On the downside, it’s about half an hour outside of the Loop.

Digital Adventures

This tech hub in Lincoln Park targets children who express an interest in coding, robotics, and engineering stuff from an early age. There’s no better way to foster your child’s creativity and future professional success than taking them here, where they’ll be taught how to tackle coding and engineering projects, virtual reality projects, video game design, animation, and Minecraft Modding. Two facilities – on the North Shore and in Lincoln Park – offer camps and birthday parties apart from classes.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

This place features practical exhibits to explore Illinois natural history and ecology. There is a water table to see how rivers work, a butterfly greenhouse, and even a hatchery where wetland animals are born and raised.

The 606 Trail

Enough with the museums – after all, not every child is a future scientist or programmer. The 606 is a great destination for outdoorsy people. It’s one of the city’s most recent natural attractions, which began drawing tourists and locals after an abandoned rail line along Bloomingdale Avenue was converted into a new public park with a cycling and pedestrian path. The park also boasts permanent and temporary art installations and public events like concerts and outdoor yoga classes.

The Centennial Wheel

The 360-degree wheel at Navy Pier is 200 feet high, with breathtaking views from the enclosed gondolas. Your child will love it no matter the time of year.