Chicago as a family, a city where children are king

America's third-largest city is no exception to the rule in the United States that kids are king. Even more so here in Chicago!

With its many museums, including the fabulous natural history museum, its lake and its parks, the city has something to please both children and parents. What's more, there are plenty of events and festivities all year round. Even the aerial metro brings a touch of magic!

Don't wait any longer, come and ride its carriages between the buildings!

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

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Chicago, a city for all the family

There are playgrounds for children in the city's many parks and gardens. In addition, Chicago offers numerous concert halls and an incredible choice of theatres.

Culture is everywhere, and every season the megalopolis offers concerts, shows and festivals. There's even a children's theatre company, the Chicago Children's Theatre. The programme spans the year in different parts of the metropolis.

For families with a passion for shopping, Chicago is also a first-rate destination. Here, young and old alike will find an incredible choice of shops and boutiques.

For children aged 7 to 77, there's Water Tower Place, State Street, Navy Pier and Chicago Place Mall.

What's more, the city's geography and architecture combine perfectly to delight the little ones!

River and buildings in downtown Chicago

River and buildings in downtown Chicago

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So what could be better than climbing to the top of the second tallest tower in the United States or taking a cruise on Lake Michigan? Chicago certainly knows how to please children and parents alike!

Top attractions for children in Chicago :

  • The Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier: a museum dedicated to toddlers! Here children can learn while having fun. With interactive exhibits and educational games, this is the largest museum of its kind in the United States. Admission charged. Not far from the museum, don't miss the Giant Ferris Wheel, which lights up the nights of Chicago.

  • The Field Museum of Natural History: a must-see for the whole family! The museum is one of the biggest in the world! It houses a very varied collection, from dinosaurs to the discovery of the African continent. Admission charge.

  • The Museum of Science and Industry: another great place for children and grown-ups! The themed tours take you from space and transport to the human body. You'll discover everything with great attention to detail. Admission charged.

Lincoln Zoological Park: the zoo is located in the heart of Lincoln Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States. A zoo with a worldwide reputation, the Chicago Zoological Park is home to more than 1,000 animals, a discovery and educational experience for children. Free admission, car park at an additional cost.

The entrance to the Children's Museum in Chicago

The entrance to the Children's Museum in Chicago

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Where to stay in a family-friendly hotel in Chicago?

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown is a family-friendly hotel.

This hotel features family suites. Each suite features a kitchenette, living room and separate bedroom.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the hotel also features a swimming pool, gym and private parking.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Chicago

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown

Central hotel in the River North district, close to the underground.
8.1 Very good
£117 / night

Practical information

👉 When should you and your family visit Chicago?

Chicago is a destination with very marked climatic seasons. However, it can be discovered all year round.

In summer, you and your family can take a cruise, cycle along the cycle paths, stroll through the gardens...

In winter, it's time for a change of programme, with the pleasures of the cold and snow! Children will love the ice rinks and the snowy atmosphere of winter.

Chicago winter rink

Chicago winter rink

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How do you get around central Chicago with your family?

Taxis are an easy way for families to explore the city's main attractions. You'll find plenty of them in the city centre.

Otherwise, public transport is convenient and serves the heart of Chicago perfectly. Several metro lines run underground and you can even take an aerial metro (a dream for children). In fact, the aerial metro allows you to see the oldest buildings in the Loop sector!

There are preferential fares and passes depending on how long you spend there.

The Chicago Transit Authority coordinates the bus and metro networks.

Where can I park in downtown Chicago?

Coming by car is clearly not the best solution. Parking spaces are scarce and expensive, and you will certainly have to use one of the underground car parks.

by Editorial Team
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