Things To Do With Kids In ChicagoChicago is one kid-friendly city. And you won't have to travel very far to take advantage of all the fun things to do as many of them are located right in downtown. The Museum Campus contains three cool museums that are sure to delight. The Shedd Aquarium is where you'll encounter a superb array of sea creatures and even live shows featuring dolphins that jump through the air. The Field Museum is perfect for natural history fans of all ages. Adler Planetarium will not disappoint with its many planetary offerings. In fact, little ones can hop in a spacecraft and simulate an actual mission. South of downtown is the Museum of Science and Industry where you'll enjoy everything from a baby chick hatchery to a model train that runs on 1,400 feet of track.
North of downtown Chicago is Lincoln Park, which features several attractions. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is big on bugs and butterflies. Just a short walk from the museum is Lincoln Park Zoo, which is open every day of the year. In addition to the animals, kids will be able to enjoy a carousel and climbing structure that's 20 feet high. For something a little different, stop by the Art Institute of Chicago. Kids 14 and younger are free. The $7 audio guide is worth it as it will give kids 10 and younger a great way to get a handle on the artwork. You can also spend some time in the family room, which boasts puzzles, online stories, books and blocks. Discover more things to do with kids in Chicago at www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/travel/travel-guide-chicago-for-kids.html?_r=0