Attention all parents of buggy-lovin' babies: you can officially return to Chicago museums - with baby in tow! Three of the city's best museums now offer programming for parents with babies in strollers. Stroller tours are guided gallery and outdoor walks that welcome parents and babies. And no worries if you've got a cranky baby on your hands or need to make a diaper change pit stop - everyone's on the same page of the parenting book!
The Museum of Contemporary Art, a.k.a. the MCA, with its striking collection of modern art, will impress both parents and babies alike - they'll love the bright colors and bold, modern shapes. Adults will appreciate the big names in art on display: Chuck Close, Christo, Calder, Cindy Sherman and Warhol, to name a few.
On the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, you can enjoy an hour of art with your little one as part of the Stroller Tour Series. Designed with moms and dads of babies in mind, take in a guided tour and update yourself on the latest in the art world without having to worry about causing a stir if your sweetie pie decides to fill up his diaper or throw a full-out tantrum. Tours are free with admission.
220 East Chicago Avenue
The Art Institute of Chicago offers seasonal stroller tours, each focusing on a specific collection at our city's beloved museum. Each 30-minute tour is designed for parents and caretakers of children 18 months and younger. Tours will begin in the Modern Wing; Valet service and coat check is available at the entrance. This spring's stroller tour will be offered on April 14th from 11:30 - Noon and will focus on the gardens featured in the museum's impressionist collection. Tours cost $10 for members; $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required for this program - make your reservation online.
111 S Michigan Ave.
Learn more about Chicago history while enjoying a nice walk through a Chicago park or neighborhood with the Chicago History Museums Stroller Tours in the Park series. Led by public historian and stay-at-home-dad Josh Eisenberg, these tours are a great way to meet other like-minded parents who love to learn and get outdoors with baby. Upcoming tours will explore the hidden gems of West Town, secrets of Lincoln Park (a former cemetery's!), and Millennium Park highlights. Tours are $20, $15 members. Kids in strollers are free. To purchase tickets, visit chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/tours/stroller-tours-in-the-park.
1601 N Clark St.