Chicago is a family-friendly town and its world-class museums. Parents especially appreciate the fact that most museums are often interactive and educational yet just as enjoyable for adults.
While the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier might be best for little kids, the older ones might appreciate the museums on The Museum Campus, a 57-acre museum park near Lake Michigan, just south of the Loop, and home to the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium.
In the heart of downtown is the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago, or the history of African-Americans can be learned at the DuSable Museum of African-American History. For sports fans, the small but fun Chicago Sports Museum lets kids see if they can jump as high as Michael Jordan, see rooms full of sports memorabilia, and play interactive sports games.
A great way to keep costs down and save time on ticket lines is to buy the Chicago CityPass which offers discount admission up to five popular attractions: the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium or the Art Institute of Chicago. Or, check each museum’s website for free days of the week. Several offer free admission for children ages 12 and younger.
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