Chicago is home to so many places for children to explore and many of them are free.
Bring their bathing suit or a change of clothes and let them run around Crown Fountain, an interactive work of public art within Millennium Park. Just south is Lurie Garden where kids can enjoy a beautiful garden within the city. The Garfield Park Conservatory just west of downtown Chicago is an urban oasis worth the trip. For more nature love, the Morton Arboretum is not to be missed.
Millenium Park features an ice rink during the winter but how about ice skating in the middle of summer? It’s possible at McFetridge Sports Center. Museums like the Museum of Science of Industry and zoos like the Lincoln Park Zoo are always a hit with kids and adults. If theater is more their speed, check out the performances by the Emerald City Theater Company.
Often overlooked but just as much fun is a trip to the Green City Market. Club Sprouts allows children to taste a different market item every time they visit while the Edible Garden provides opportunities for anyone to learn more about the gardening process through free hands-on gardening workshops each month. The Market moves indoors during the winter months.