Chicago is a great, family-friendly hub. If you’re a mom in search of a weekend “staycation” out of the burbs and in the big city, or a weekend getaway with the kids, you can’t go wrong with Chicago. Whether you’re heading out to a festival, museum, amusement park, or restaurant, there’s no shortage of fun activities that the whole family with love. Here are 5 things to do with your kids when in Chicago.
It’s easy to spend a whole day at Navy Pier with the family, especially when it’s a beautiful outside. Whether you want to ride the Ferris wheel, head to the children’s museum, or take in a movie at the IMAX theater, you’re bound to share in some wonderful, family-fun experiences with one another. Plus, if the kids want to head to the rides, adults can visit the beer garden for an afternoon sip (responsibly).
There’s no denying it—kids love food, especially when there’s cheese, hot dogs, or donuts involved. Guess what? Chicago is the perfect location for these treats. Take the kids to Portillo’s, or one of Chicago’s many donut shops, like Firecakes, Stan’s, or Do-Rite Donuts, for an afternoon splurge on the weekend. Another option? Head to Garrett’s popcorn or Giordano’s for some traditional deep-dish pizza.
Known for its rich talent in comedy, music, dance, and other performances, Chicago is a city bursting with art and culture. So, going to see a Broadway show or a comedy show at Second City or Laugh Out Loud Theater with the whole family could be an enjoyable way to spend a night and make for remarkable memories.
Go For A Bike Ride
The Lakeshore trail is peaceful and stunning, making it the perfect location for a leisurely bike ride with the family or a jog or run. What’s more, you can even try Bobby’s Bike Hike Tours, which include biking, scenery, and spots at some of Chicago’s best restaurants. This way, you’ll experience new neighborhoods and views, and maybe meet some other families in the process, too.
Dive Into The Sea
Sure, you could take a dip into the water at the beach (Chicago is known for its many, beautiful beaches), but we mean a “figurative” dive. By booking a tour or getting tickets for a day at Shedd Aquarium, you’ll not only educate your kids on the wonders of the sea, but you’ll also have a fantastic time as a whole family. Kids can choose between animal encounters (actually putting their hands in the water to touch the creatures), special events, like Jazzin’ at the Shedd, and 4-D experiences, sure to blow their minds for an unforgettable experience.
Go To Millennium Park
Millennium Park is a mecca for family fun. Between live performances, playgrounds, open space to take in nature and greenery, dining options, and some iconic Bean selfies, it’s the ideal spot for childlike adventure. Plus, the Crown fountain resembles a mini water park, as water spouts from the mouths of the faces depicted on the fountain. Beside it, kids can splash around—perfect for a hot day or when you’re in need of a cool-down.
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