With so many fun things for kids to do, there are about a
zillion combinations for the ultimate Chicago weekend. From museums and zoos to
kid-friendly restaurants, this two-day lineup should cover it.
❏ Get going with gourmet doughnuts and beverages at Glazed
❏ Head off to Navy Pier. Once inside, browse the shopping
stalls, see a movie at the Navy Pier IMAX Theatre or visit the Chicago
Children's Museum where kids can climb three stories of rigging to a crow's
❏ For lunch, fill up on deep-dish pizza at the new Giordano's at Navy Pier.
❏ Head down to the Museum of Science and Industry, where you
can spend the rest of the day in the U-505 submarine, the coal mine or the
❏ Eat at Medici on 57th, where pizza, burgers and families are king.
❏ Nap the night away at Hotel Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel. Kids get a
welcome gift, can enjoy a "mocktail" and even have a live pet goldfish in the
❏ Order seasonally-inspired breakfast fare at the airy Summer
House Santa Monica.
❏ Spend the rest of the morning surrounded by butterflies
at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
❏ For lunch, order a specialty burger and a
scrumptious milk shake at R.J. Grunts.
❏ Join in a treasure hunt at Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower.
❏ Munch on a bag of Garrett's Popcorn.
❏ Later, attend a play at the Chicago
Children's Theatre or Emerald City Theatre.
ADD A DAY & STAY
❏ Take a walk on the wild side with the exotic animals at
❏ Try the interactive skill challenges, see sports memorabilia,
play games and eat dinner at the Chicago Sports Museum.
❏ Kick back with a night
at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Kids can swim in the indoor pool and have
the Ice Cream Man bring his cart right to the room.
Plus... Chicago for Older Kids & Teens
❏ The non-verbal antics of the blue-faced creatures at Blue
Man Group are teen-approved.
❏ Get a thrill and angle forward from 1,000 feet
above ground on Tilt at 360° CHICAGO (formerly the John Hancock Observatory).
❏ Watch hilarious improv suitable for all ages at ComedySportz.
❏ Get a custom-made
shirt at The T-Shirt Deli. They'll put it in a bag with potato chips.
❏ Have a
Beluga Encounter at the Shedd Aquarium.
❏ Play bocce or bowl at Pinstripes.
❏ Get active with a whole new competitive game at WhirlyBall.
Plus... Fabulous Toy Shops!
- Get matching outfits for you and your doll at the original
American Girl Place.
- Find more than 200
brain games at Marbles: The Brain Store.
- Let kids loose in
the LEGO Store inside Water Tower Place.
- Find the latest Disney toys at the Disney Store on The
Magnificent Mile and State Street.
- Take your child to story time at Play in Logan Square.
- Encourage your young budding architect at Building Blocks