Make the memories of a lifetime for your little ones with this two-day Chicago family adventure.

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1. Berry Good Eats. Kick off the adventure right at Wildberry Pancakes & Café, which has plenty of grown-up options if you can manage to pass up the specialty pancakes - Oreo S'More, Banana Cream Pie and Tiramisu among them.

2. Daley Dose. The three-acre Play Garden at Maggie Daley Park has wondrous themed spaces for various ages, including a Watering Hole for toddlers and a Slide Crater and climbing wall for bigger kids.

Children's Museum3. Pier Pressure. Grab a quick lunch at Big City Chicken on Navy Pier before exploring the beloved Chicago landmark - celebrating its centennial this year with a brand-new Ferris wheel. The award-winning Chicago Children's Museum is here, along with Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze.

4. Magnificent Heaven. Has everybody been good? REALLY good? Then it's off to The Magnificent Mile for a kid-focused shopping excursion - options include The Disney Store, the LEGO Store, American Girl Place, Garrett Popcorn and Candyality. Top off a great afternoon with a trip to 360 CHICAGO's observation deck.
Chicago Sports Museum

5. Good Sports. Tonight's dinner is a 2-for-1 - Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch, on the top floor of Water Tower Place, is conveniently attached to the Chicago Sports Museum.

6. Pool Party. The centrally located InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile has a heated indoor pool for them and a spa/health club for you.



1. Square Meal. Belgian waffles and French toast are the heroes at Batter & Berries, a cozy Lincoln Park breakfast spot with something for everyone.

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

2. Play List. Now it's off to Lincoln Park - 1,208 acres of gorgeously landscaped lakefront land with a delightfully long to-do list. Start at the free Lincoln Park Zoo and be sure to visit the cows, pigs and goats at Farm-in-the-Zoo.

3. Beach Break. Before lunch, let the kids grab a quick dip in Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach.

4. Family Fare. With massive burgers and a salad bar boasting more than 50 fresh ingredients daily, R.J. Grunts is a sure thing for lunch with the kids.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago 

5. Museum Muses. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum caters to knee-high naturalists, with hands-on exhibits, nature trails and live animal feedings; the Chicago History Museum also has much to offer the smaller set, including an interactive bridge-building station.

6. Home Slice. No trip to Chicago is complete without pizza, and Stella Barra Pizzeria's pies are among the best; dough is made daily, and there are lots of creative toppings to keep mom and dad happy. 

7. Good Sportz. Close out your weekend with an early show at ComedySportz, a hilarious 90-minute improv comedy show (for all ages!) in which two teams create scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on your suggestions.

Photos courtesy City of Chicago, Chicago Children's Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo courtesy Adam Alexander

360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory)
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 875-8439
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5300
Chicago Children's Museum
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-1000
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000
R.J. Grunts
2056 N. Lincoln Park W.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929-5363
CSz Theater Chicago
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-8080
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100
Stella Barra Pizzeria
1954 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 634-4101
Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 202-0500
Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 742-3918
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