5 Family-Friendly Places to Visit on Your Next Trip to Chicago

With Chicago CityPASS® your family can experience 5 top Chicago attractions for the price of one!

By Tessa D'Ippolito, Publisher September 5, 2023

Planning a family vacation can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. With countless destinations to choose from, finding the perfect spot to create lasting memories with your family is no easy task. However, if you're looking for a destination that offers a balance of fun, education, and endless entertainment, look no further than the city of Chicago. Known for its stunning architecture, diverse culture, and incredible attractions, Chicago has something to offer everyone in the family. 

Plus, with the help of Chicago CityPASS® your family can experience 5 top Chicago attractions for the price of one. A must for your next visit to Chicago!

To make planning easier, we've narrowed down the top 5 family-friendly places to visit on your next trip to the Windy City!

The author was hosted by Sheraton Grand Chicago RiverwalkBlue Man Group, and Chicago CityPASS® to facilitate writing this article. All thoughts and opinions expressed are their own.

1. Shedd Aquarium
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Shedd Aquarium is a must-visit for families with a love for marine animals. Home to over 32,000 creatures from around the world, this incredible aquarium offers interactive exhibits and shows that will leave both children and adults in awe. Kids can experience the thrill of sliding down icy rocks just like playful penguins in the whimsical kid space. Plus, they can have a blast in the interactive check-up center. From colorful fish and playful dolphins to majestic beluga whales, the Shedd Aquarium provides a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the wonders of the ocean.

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2. Adler Planetarium
Embark on an out-of-this-world adventure at the Adler Planetarium. Located on the stunning Museum Campus, this family-friendly attraction offers a range of interactive exhibits and immersive shows that will ignite your curiosity about the cosmos. For younger children, the Community Play Lab offers kids their own spot to play, explore, take a space walk, and discover the beauty and wonder of space. From learning about space exploration to observing the night sky through high-powered telescopes, the Adler Planetarium is an educational and unforgettable experience for the entire family. 

3. Field Museum
For families with a passion for natural history and DINOSAURS, the Field Museum is a treasure trove of discovery. The museum's collection of artifacts and exhibits brings the wonders of the world to life. Step back in time and explore ancient Egypt, come face-to-face with dinosaurs, and learn about cultures from around the globe. With engaging hands-on activities, immersive displays, and epic 4D dinosaur films, the Field Museum ensures that learning is both educational and fun. 

4. Art Institute of Chicago
Introduce your children to the world of art at the Art Institute of Chicago. From famous masterpieces by Van Gogh and Monet to modern and contemporary works, the Art Institute has something to inspire every young artist. The Ryan Learning Center is the perfect place for your family to start their visit. This family-friendly space offers children the chance to create their own art and get hand-on before exploring the rest of the Art Institute. The museum also offers various family programs and workshops, making it an ideal place to foster creativity and appreciation for the arts.

5. Lincoln Park Zoo
No family trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo. This free and family-friendly zoo is home to a wide variety of animals from around the world. Kids will love getting up close and personal with their favorites, while parents can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lincoln Park. The zoo also features a carousel, a petting zoo, indoor climbing structure, beautiful water table and endless paths to explore, ensuring a fun-filled day for the entire family.

Looking for the perfect place to stay during your visit to Chicago? Look no further than Sheraton Grand Chicago. This hotel is perfectly located on the Riverwalk, offering a convenient and picturesque setting that is just a short distance from the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour. With its stunning location and easy accessibility, Sheraton Grand Chicago provides a remarkable base for your families unforgettable stay.

Chicago, with its mix of culture, history, and entertainment, is an ideal destination for a memorable family vacation. Whether your family is fascinated by marine life, the wonders of space, or the beauty of art, the Windy City has it all. So, pack your bags, grab your family, and get ready to create lasting memories at these five fantastic family-friendly attractions in Chicago!