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Family Adventures & Fun Things to Do in Chicago

Explore all of Chicago, just around the corner. Enhance your family vacation or business trip by taking advantage of the area's most popular sights, some of which are free and many of which are kid-friendly. Discover amazing views of the Windy City from the Willis Tower Skydeck. Expose yourself to incredible paintings, sculpture, and photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. And spend a full day communing with nature and an amazing amalgam of animals at Lincoln Park Zoo.
 
Navy Pier at Chicago

Navy Pier

Category: Family / Kids
1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605 312-595-7437

Navy Pier

Spend a day exploring 50 acres of fun activities. Ride a 15-story Ferris Wheel, tour Lake Michigan on a boat, view spectacular fireworks, and shop for gifts and souvenirs along the boardwalk.
Illinois Willis Tower Skydeck

Willis Tower Skydeck

Category: Attractions
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60602 312-875-9447

Willis Tower Skydeck

Head up to the 1,353-foot-high Skydeck and you'll see for miles. Fifty, to be exact. Enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago and four states, then test your bravery on the glass-enclosed Ledge.
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Art Institute of Chicago

Category: Family / Kids
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654 312-443-3600

Art Institute of Chicago

Admire one of America's largest art collections featuring over 260,000 pieces. The Art Institute is renowned for its modern art wing, sculptures, Japanese prints, and Impressionist paintings.
Chicago The Field Museum

The Field Museum

Category: Activities
2001 N Clark St , Chicago, Illinois 60614 312-922-9410

The Field Museum

Science, history, and archaeology are the main events at this fun-for-all-ages museum. Meet Sue, the T-Rex, embark on an Underground Adventure or go on a tour of Pawnee Earth Lodge.
Lincoln Park Zoo at Illinois

Lincoln Park Zoo

Category: Family / Kids
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60637 312-742-2000

Lincoln Park Zoo

Encounter animals from around the world in exhibits that range from the Regenstein Macaque Forest and Helen Branch Primate House to the Kovler Sea Lion Pool and Pritzker Children's Zoo.
Wrigley Field at Chicago

Wrigley Field

Category: Entertainment
1060 W Addison St, Chicago, Illinois 60613 773-404-2827

Wrigley Field

You haven't really seen a baseball game until you've experienced the fun of historic Wrigley Field. It's the home of the city's beloved Chicago Cubs, and it's the oldest ballpark in the National League.
Illinois Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

Category: Family / Kids
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60637 773-684-1414

Museum of Science and Industry

Test your skills at the Numbers in Nature Mirror Maze, experience a Flight Ride Simulator, explore the depths of the U-505 submarine or travel back in time with the Great Train Story and Wright Flyer.
Soldier Field at Chicago

Soldier Field

Category: Entertainment
1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605 312-235-7000

Soldier Field

Get a true taste of Chicago at an NFL Bears game. Historic Soldier Field was constructed in honor of World War I veterans and it remains one of the city's most visited and treasured landmarks.