Family Travel in Chicago, IL
You'll definitely get your money's worth when you ride up to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower. When the weather cooperates, you can see four states, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan, as well as the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. The ride up alone is a thrill, as the monitors make you feel as though you are blasting into space, thanks to the innovative use of NASA space images. Once you arrive on the top you have another great thrill in store for your. The brand new Sky Ledge lets brave visitors step out into a clear box to experience being suspended 1,353 feet up above the city.
Wrigley Field is a great Chicago destination, a historical Windy City landmark that is a must-see when in town. Built in 1924 as the home of the Chicago Cubs, it is the second oldest ballpark in the country, second only to Boston's Fenway Park. And if the history of Wrigley Field is not enough, it's worth the trip just to see the most die-hard fans in the country. Although games are always a lot of fun, 90-minute tours of Wrigley Field are also a unique opportunity for families to see the clubhouse, dugouts, and press box. These tickets sell out fast however, so make sure to plan your visit to Wrigley Field in advance.
It's hard to believe that a full zoo, complete with lions, tigers and zebras, exists in the heart of Chicago, but it's true. And the best thing about the Lincoln Park Zoo is that admission is free, allowing all Chicago families to get to know animals from around the world alongside a backdrop of skyscrapers. With dozens of exhibits and seasonal displays, the Lincoln Park Zoo is the ideal destination for children of all ages. The holiday lights exhibit is a huge draw during the month of December and should not be missed. And if the animals were not enough, the adorable zebra-striped children's train will thrill boys and girls alike.
The Adler Planetarium is in a beautiful location, in the heart of Museum Mile, on the shore of Lake Michigan, but once you're inside, you won't notice the view because you'll be too busy peering at the stars in a dozen memorable ways. It is a truly breathtaking experience. Little ones will love to explore the cosmos with their friends from Sesame Street in One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Big Sky Adventure and pretending to be astronauts in Planet Explorers. But for adults and older children alike, the 3-D and regular space shows at the planetarium's three theaters are the true draw.
Most Chicagoans will tell you that the Navy Pier is for tourists, but don't let that deter you from this unforgettable family daytrip destination. The most well-known attraction at the Navy Pier is the 150 foot Ferris Wheel. The views of Chicago and Lake Michigan from the top are amazing, and the story of George Ferris creating his crazy vision in Chicago is a history lesson kids will never forget. The cars of the ferris wheel are almost completely enclosed in glass and the seven minute ride is slow so that even the most nervous moms and children won't notice they're in motion.