Discovering the Windy City: 6 Downtown Family Fun Activities

Kids. Chicago. Not always a pairing made in heaven, given weather constraints during the worst months of the year, but frankly, even parents raising kids in the Windy City for decades confess that their kids grow up long before they’ve exposed them to all of the child centric activities sprawled across this thriving metropolis. We recommend starting your adventure at Grand Central Station. Choose activities you think your kids might like best, but keep an eye on your wallet: One of the best things about Chicago is that amid pricey sites—like the Field Museum and Planetarium—memories are also ready to be made on the slimmest of budgets.

Field Museum
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For Girls Only

Skip to the next “family fun activities” idea if you’ve only got boys. Chicago is the epicenter of the American Girl phenomenon and Mecca is located at Watertower Place, a popular, trending destination on its own that’s a healthy trek from Union Station by foot or a short cab ride away. The place is so well-known, no address necessary for taxi drivers, but as a parent, it’s a wise move to visit the Chicago headquarters’ website to prepare for your excursion. Understand, up front, that your mini-princess will ask for everything she sees as you traverse a universe of little girls carrying dolls, so set limits and allow her to choose one thing like a matching outfit, ear piercing and hair styling (for the doll). Bring the camera. This can be the grandest experience of all for a little girl with big dreams and if you’re strategic, you won’t have to re-mortgage your house to pay for the full experience. Continue reading “Discovering the Windy City: 6 Downtown Family Fun Activities”