When the weather is sunny and beautiful, Chicago lights up. Families rush outdoors, excited to plan a day filled with food, laughter and exciting activities that everyone will love and remember. Chicago is an awesome city for festivals, exhibits, sports and exposure to nature, due to its abundance of parks and water access. Thus, it’s important to seize the opportunities to get outside and have some family fun.
Whether you choose to stay in the sunshine or head indoors for some shade and A/C, there’s plenty of fun to be had outside the home. Chicago is a mecca for culture, through arts, science, sports and dining, and it draws people to engage in new adventures and explore its busy and lively streets. Here are five fun activities that the whole family will love. These moments will definitely make the cut for family photo albums!
1. Enjoy An Outdoor Movie
Who needs to watch a movie indoors when the weather is so nice? Outdoor screenings at the brand new Rooftop Cinema Club in Chicago will showcase some of the greatest classics, recent box-office toppers, and traditional family favorites that everyone will enjoy. Pack some blankets, grab some snacks, and get ready to laugh, cry, or scream your head off.
2. Visit The Lincoln Park Zoo
Hanging out with animals is always fun, and the Lincoln Park Zoo offers a variety of exhibits to observe and enjoy. Buy a couple signature treats, make funny faces at the animals, snap pictures, and then explore the surrounding area for additional activities and dining options. Situated in the zoo, there’s also an Endangered Species Carousel and a Seal Pool for kids to play in. Plus, if the adults want to time to sit back with a drink, the kids can happily play in the Children’s Zoo and see some incredible exhibits.
3. Play Around At Navy Pier
The iconic Navy Pier is definitely a prime spot for family fun, especially on a beautiful summer’s day. Set along the shore of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier features a legendary Ferris Wheel, as well as other top dining, entertainment, and play options. So, take in some interactive play at the Chicago Children’s Museum or enjoy some extraordinary performances at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. With all the activity, you’re bound to get hungry, and there’s no shortage of seriously great eats.
4. Take A Stroll In A Chicago Park
Taking a walk as a family through the greenery of Maggie Daley Park or taking in the bean, the beauty and the various playground activities at Millennium Park can make for an exciting and activity-packed day. Situated right in the heart of Chicago, Millennium Park offers tons of family-filled recreation, as showcased through dining, live entertainment, movies, and many children’s favorite hobby—selfie opportunities!
5. Shedd Aquarium
Dive deep into sea world have fun exploring the great waters across the globe. With great diversity, from turtles and otters to penguins and dolphins, there’s so many exhibits to choose from. Shedd Aquarium also offers games and other activities that your children will love, such as coloring books and origami. You can even book an overnight adventure at Shedd Aquarium to keep the fun going and enjoy a night at sea or hotel packages that include it all.