When it comes to kids, Chicago is their kind of town. The Windy City sports a slew of things for children to do – most of them eye- opening and mind-expanding.
Consider some options:
- You’d expect a world-class aquarium on the shores of Lake Michigan, and Shedd Aquarium delivers. Since we’re on the subject of lakes, the Shedd’s Waters of the World exhibit helps children fathom the ecosystems of rivers, lakes watersheds and the like. The Abbott Oceanarium is precisely that, a place that focuses on the deep, blue sea. It immerses (figuratively at least) kids in the world of beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters and sea lions.
- Not far from the Shedd is The Field Museum, one of this nation’s most extraordinary natural history havens. It’s there that you’ll find the largest, most complete T-Rex ever discovered. Follow the dino encounter up with a trip to the Evolving Planet exhibition and journey through a full four billion years of evolution.
- Stuffed animals are fascinating and instructive, but there’s nothing like the real thing. That’s where the fabled (and free) Lincoln Park Zoo comes into play. Explore the world of wildlife within – almost literally – the shadows of Chicago’s skyscrapers. There are ample new animals to see: a pair of Grant’s Gazelles, a new Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth and lots more. Plan to make a day of it. All it costs you is time.
- If you’re traveling with your daughter or granddaughter, American Girl Place Chicago is a must-see. This is much, much more than a doll shop, it’s one of those dream-come-true sort places that’s worth the trip. Make a half-day of it and stick around for afternoon tea at 4 p.m.