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Chicago with little kids

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Chicago with little kids

We will be spending a few days in Chicago next week (May 28-June 1) Will be going into the city 2 or 3 days to explor. Kids are 6, 3, & 1. We looking for advice.

Current thoughts: Shedd, Willis Tower, Midevil Times, Navey Pier. Are there any don't miss for kids that I am overlooking?

What are yout thoughts? Also, we will be driving and from my understaning parking is nightmare expensive. Any suggestions or thoughts?

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1. Re: Chicago with little kids

Medieval Times is in Schaumburg - 30 miles northwest of downtown. You might want to combine it with a visit to legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/en/index…

You might want to add:

http://www.lpzoo.org/

http://www.naturemuseum.org/

http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/

Yes - parking's expensive downtown. Only hotel downtown with free parking -http://www.rivernorthhotel.com/

Edited: 22 May 2012, 14:31
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2. Re: Chicago with little kids

Dave's suggestions are great. We just took an 18 Mo old to the Children's Museum and he had a great time: made a friend. Cirque d'Shanghai opens at Navy Pier this weekend near the Ferris Wheel and Merrie-go-round. The Lincoln Park Zoo is free. Medieval times is quite a drive out of the city and Legoland gets terrible reviews (it's reviewed on this forum). The interactive fountains and "Cloud Gate" (our cities fun house mirror) in Millennium park are fun for kids. Plan on spending half a day at the beach (Ohio, Oak St. or North Ave). You can find parking for a reasonable $30-40 per day downtown. Take a look at the Parking Answers stick in the upper right corner of this page.

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3. Re: Chicago with little kids

if you're driving, and don't want to pay thru the nose for parking (not to mention traffic and vehicle security issues), consider staying in skokie or evanston...

both, especially evanston, have easy access to CTA and METRA trains. parking at the skokie hotels is plentiful and FREE. in evanston, you might have to pay a fee, but it will be much less than downtown.... if you stay in skokie, be sure to stay in the vicinity of the westfield (old orchard) shopping center.

and, yes, s-burg is 30 miles (or 48 kilos) from downtown, but those won't likely be an easy 30 miles---be prepared for heavy traffic.....

while downtown, consider spending a couple hours at the beach. ohio street beach is family friendly (usually not too crowded) and is walking distance from navy pier....

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4. Re: Chicago with little kids

If you are staying out in the suburbs, consider taking advantage of what they have to offer and keeping your trips into the city to a minimum. Expect to pay $15-plus every time you drive and park downtown. There is no way around the expensive parking except to move your car as few times as possible, so plan, plan, plan! On a weekend, the whole family can ride a Metra train into the city for one fare (www.metrarail.com) and on a weekday, the train is the best choice for rush hour travel. A bonus is that the Willis tower is only a short distance from Union Station, and walkable from Ogilvie station.

If you are interested in the zoo, consider Brookfield, which has a dolphin show and could be as pleasing to small kids as doing LP Zoo and the Shedd. (Brookfield does charge admission and parking fees). Chicago Children's Museum is a great stop, but there are excellent children's museums in Naperville and Glenview also.

If you want a great beach day and are driving in from the east, head to the beaches on Lake Michigan in Indiana and SW Michigan.

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5. Re: Chicago with little kids

east end beaches:

specifically, warren dunes state park, MI and indiana dunes state park, IN... beats any beach around here!

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6. Re: Chicago with little kids

If you are going to Medieval Times for dinner, I would second combining it with a trip to nearby Legoland. Kids your ages should like it. It's open to 7pm, so you could go there in the late afternoon and stay until it's time to go to MT. Just make sure to buy your tickets online, you'll save a bundle compared to the at the door price.

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