There are so many fun things to do with Kids in Chicago! The windy city offers a range of family friendly activities kid-friendly attractions to interesting museums! Also, don’t forget to soar high in a skyscraper and get great views of the city!

Here are some of the best things to do in Chicago with kids:

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Shedd Aquarium

Discover the aquatic world at Shedd Aquarium, home to 32,000 aquatic animals! The aquarium is a great spot for marine life and offers engaging exhibits and features everything from colorful fish, sharks, dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, penguins, and more!

Enjoy up-close experiences with the animals through the various encounter programs, watch a dolphin show, and explore the “Wild Reef” exhibit to learn about coral reefs and sharks.

Admission costs vary depending on day and demand, but it is roughly $40 per adult. Chicago residents can get discount admission for $19.95 per person. Members and children under 3 are free. If you are visiting Chicago, you may want to consider a Chicago CityPass and admission is included with the pass.

For more information, please visit Shedd Aquarium.

Chicago Children’s Museum

Located at Navy Pier, this fun children’s museum is packed with interactive, hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play. Exhibits are designed to stimulate curiosity and inspire creativity among little ones!

Climb aboard a life-size schooner, tinker in the DIY maker space, head to Circusville, or splash around in the water city! There’s so many fun exhibits for kids of all ages.

Admission is $21 per person, and admission is free for babies under 1 years old.. EBT and WIC cardholders can get admission for $3 per person.

For more information, please visit Chicago Children’s Museum.

Lincoln Park Zoo

One of the oldest zoos in North America, Lincoln Park Zoo offers the opportunity to see hundreds of animals from around the world!

Visit the Regenstein African Journey to see lions, monkeys, and giraffes, or the Farm-in-the-Zoo to learn about farm animals through interactive exhibits.

The best part is that the zoo is open year-round and is free of charge for everyone!

For more information, please visit Lincoln Park Zoo.

The Field Museum

This Natural History Museum in Chicago is one of the world’s greatest natural history museum in the world and holds over 24 million different objects.

Egyptian Mummies being the most famous artifacts in the museum but there are so many famous and interesting things to see from dinosaur bones to the man-eating lions of Tsavo to an interactive play labs especially designed for young kids!

Admission to the Field Museum varies depending on date, ticket type and more. Admission is included in some Chicago CityPasses. The Field Museum also participates is the reciprocal museum program.

For more information, please visit The Field Museum.

Millennium Park

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Millennium Park is an iconic public space that blends landscape architecture, sculpture, and urban planning.

The park is home to the famous Cloud Gate sculpture (also known as “The Bean”) and is FREE to the public.

For more information, please visit Millennium Park.

Museum of Science and Industry

One of the largest science museums in the world, this museum offers hands-on exhibits exploring space, technology, chemistry, and physics, including a U-505 German submarine from WWII.

Experiment in the Science Storms exhibit, explore a real submarine, participate in live science demonstrations, and more.

Tickets are $25.95 per adult and $14.95 for ages 3-11. Admission is included with Chicago CityPass.

For more information, please visit Museum of Science and Industry.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is on the shoreline of Lake Michigan and offers shopping, dining, rides, public art, free programs, and much more for visitors and locals alike!

Ride the Centennial Wheel for panoramic views of the city, explore the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze, take a cruise on Lake Michigan or check out special events and programs! There’s a lot of things to do at Navy Pier!

Note that the Centenniall Wheel is included in select Chicago CityPasses, but not all of them.

For more information, please visit Navy Pier.

Adler Planetarium

Come visit the America’s first planetarium ever– The Adler Planetarium, which was founded in 1930.

Watch spectacular shows about the cosmos in the Grainger Sky Theater, get hands-on in the interactive exhibits, or check out the Doane Observatory’s telescope viewings.

The museum is great for kids (and adults!) who love stars and planets!

Tickets for Adler Planetarium is $25 for adults and $13 for kids ages 3-11, but there are more expensive ticket options if you’d like to include sky shows into your visit. Admission is also included for select Chicago CityPasses.

For more information, please visit Adler Planetarium.

Enjoy a Observation Tower

My kids love going up a tall building when we go to a big city!

Skydeck and 360 Chicago both have amazing views of Chicago and Lake Michigan and are to delight kids of all ages!

360 Chicago is a tad cheaper ($2 less) than Skydeck but both observatory decks are included in the Chicago CityPass, you just need to choose which one if you decide to purchase the tourist card!

Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre public park great place to visit for families!

Enjoy sightseeing, a picnic area, playground, rollerblading, special events, and more!

Maggie Daley Park is free without an admission fee to enter. There are a few things like mini-golfing and ice skating that would be an additional cost but there’s plenty to do for free as well!

For more information, please visit Maggie Daley Park.

Best Things to Do in Chicago with Kids

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