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Chicago, Chicago!

Posted on: May 29, 2010

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I have a love of big cities. Thankfully, so does Jonathan. And from what we can tell, both girls seem to be pretty impressed with them too. So this weekend we are going to Chicago.

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Here’s a list of great things to do in Chicago with kids:

1. Lincoln Park Zoo

It’s free and open to the public. It’s in the middle of the city {well, technically it’s not in the middle, but you’d think it was} with several entrances and exits, making it perfect for just popping in and out whenever you need. They do some pretty incredible water shows with their seals and their mammal habitat allows you to get amazing up close views of leopards, tigers, etc.

2. Chicago’s Children Museum

While a little on the pricy side {$10 per person over age 1}, it’s suppose to be one of the best museums to visit. There are 3 stories of fun to be had and it’s located off Navy Pier. The downside? It’s 3 stories of fun, meaning, you’re not going to be able to see it all in one visit. Our family is still debating if the girls are too young to really enjoy themselves this go around.

3. Navy Pier

While our girls are too small for the ferris wheel, it’s perfect for older kids. But, with all the candy shops, fast pace atmosphere and sites to see, it’s bound to be a hit for our people-watching kids!

4. Shedd Aquarium

We took Julia when we came to Chicago in November 2008. However, she was a little on the young side at the time but I think she’s going to love all the “fishies” this time around. The Shedd has thousands of displays of beautiful sea creatures, ranging from otters and whales to octopus and dolphins. It makes for great and fun learning experience.

5. Millenium Park

Millenium Park is more than just a park. They host concerts, festivals, free workouts and beautiful scenery, among other things. You could easily spend half a day musing around exploring the Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, and the Lurie Garden. It’s a great place and perhaps the site I’m most excited to visit.

5 Responses to "Chicago, Chicago!"

I love Chicago! Mike and I were just talking about trying to go again sometime this fall maybe. I get the big city thing. I don’t know what it is, but being in a city just makes me feel more alive- if that even makes sense. It’s like all the senses are heightened or something. I love it!
Hope you guys have fun on your trip!!

we love going to chicago too- a lot of the museums are free certain days of the week. the children’s museum is free if you have a pass to the IC children’s museum. you can just use it there too-
the aquarium is free upstairs- that is good enough for the kids! i can’t remember what it’s called, maybe science or the field but that one is really cool too- and free! 🙂

I love things to do with kids lists- well done!!

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