Chicago, Illinois is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. In 2012, Illinois welcomed over 100 million tourists with 46 million of them visiting Chicago. With museums, great food and sporting events all year round, Chicago has something for everyone. As you are packing your bags and loading up the car, consider these family-friendly attractions:
The Field Museum
The Field Museum of Natural History welcomes around 2 million visitors each year. It is one of the largest natural history museums in the world, housing an impressive collection of over 24 million specimens and artifacts. Don’t miss the Underground Adventure, where you’ll get to see the world as insects do and Inside Ancient Egypt, where you will see human and animal mummies.
Harold Washington Library
On the second floor of the world’s largest public library, you will find the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library, the city’s largest collection of children’s books. In addition to scheduled story times, free Wi-Fi, and a children’s center, they have the Storybook Dollhouse, displaying clues related to famous children’s literature.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Free and open every day, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. As if all the cool animals weren’t enough, the zoo has a calendar that is packed with events that aim to please. Yoga classes, sleepovers, and Twilight Safari are just a few of the things on offer.
You will need to stop somewhere to grab a snack or a bite to eat. There are a variety of kid friendly places in Chicago to suit any taste. Whether you go to Yumz frozen yogurt for a cold treat or try one of Chicago’s world famous deep dish pizzas or hot dogs, there is something for every taste.
Chicago Greeter Tour
Book a free tour with a Chicago Greeter. A local will take the whole family (up to 6 people) on a tour of all the great family-friendly attractions the city has to offer. Tours are offered in a dozen languages and in addition to the family friendly theme, they offer tours for foodies, history buffs, and, if you can’t decide, you can opt for the Greeter’s Choice tour.
The tower formerly known as Sears is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. From its observation deck you can enjoy panoramic views of four states. A trip to the top is a must for first time visitors. For a truly spectacular sight time your visit to coincide with sunset.
Chicago’s popularity as a world renowned tourist destination is well-earned. A family road trip to the Windy City, filled with fun for kids and kids at heart, could be the start of a vacation tradition and wonderful memories. Are you packed yet?