5 Family Fun Things To Do in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is a great city with a lot to do, not just for the adults, but the kids as well. There are skyscrapers everywhere, plenty of good food, and activities ranging from free and up. I have partnered with Hotels.com to bring you some fun family friendly things you can do while in Chicago, Illinois.

In Chicago, there are many great areas to stay with plenty of family friendly accommodations in River North, The Loop, Lincoln Park, and Magnificent Mile. It is easy to navigate around the city and best done on foot, by train, or hop in an Uber. Many of these areas are near these family fun attractions below and more.

Sky Deck

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Living Life On The Ledge ©2015 HollyDayz

Located in the Willis Tower (just don’t call it that, it is the Sears Tower to natives) on the 103rd floor. From that high up the Sky Deck allows you to see views of up to 4 states. While up there if you are brave enough, step out on to The Ledge, which is 4.3 feet extension from the Sky Deck where you can see far and wide, including beneath you. It is a pretty fun experience!

Boat Cruise

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Night falling over the beautiful Chicago Skyline ©2015 HollyDayz

There are so many different companies that will take you down the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan. The Lake is so vast and beautiful and offers views of the Chicago Skyline. Many have tours that will give you so much information on the skyscrapers and the city. While there I took the sunset Wendella Boats Tour and enjoyed it immensely. I highly recommend doing this!

Navy Pier

Navy Pier @RobUrt

The Navy Pier is located on the Lake Michigan Shoreline. If you took the boat tour, you will most certainly spot the Navy Pier. There are rides such as a ferris wheel, carousel, and more. A fun house maze and 4D adventure can also be found here. The Chicago Children’s Museum is located here on 3 floors. There is also an indoor garden, IMAX theater, and places to eat and drink.

Pizza Crawl

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Deep Dish Pizza ©2015 HollyDayz

We all know there is a pizza rivalry between New York and Chicago. As a New Yorker I love our pizza, but I can say the pizza I tried in Chicago is good, even though I needed a knife and fork. There are plenty of pizza places to check out. The ones you hear of the most are Gino’s East, Giordano’s, and Lou Malnati’s. There are tons of other places to check out or take a food tour and fill up on some yummy deep dish pizza.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium @darrenvorel

Founded in 1930 the Adler Planetarium is a great place to learn about space, science, and more. There are shows that give you a glimpse into the solar system, Skywatch, Big Bird’s Adventure, and more. The Planetarium also has tons of exhibits to enjoy such as a space visualization lab, touching a meteorite, and a lot more. This is a fun time with learning involved.

Disclaimer: As travel today remains uncertain, please keep your safety and the safety of others in mind at all times. If you are comfortable with traveling, please travel responsibly and within regulation as any travel is at your own risk. 

If you do decide to travel at this time, here are some recommendations: 

  • Wear a face mask.  
  • Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands on a regular basis. 
  • Check official websites before your trip for the latest updates on policies, closures and status of local businesses. 

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