Late spring to early fall – that’s what they say is the best time to visit Chicago. Why? The sun shines longer, the days are warmer, and the city seems to burst at the seams with the energy and enthusiasm that might as well be a solstice celebration. Bring the family, stay for a while, grab a bite, and enjoy the various museums, sites, and walkways that make this city famous – because there are plenty of family friendly things to do in Chicago.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is about as family friendly as you can get. One of the oldest zoos in the United States, the Lincoln Park Zoo is free to the public and open to everyone 365 days a year. As an accredited zoo, you can be sure the exhibits are of a high quality and fair to the 1200 animals representing over 230 species. Spot elusive fox, wily ostrich, the Great Ape Exhibit, hippos and tigers – all for a $0 entry fee.
See the Willis Tower. Once the tallest building in the world, the Willis Tower is still the tallest building in the western hemisphere, as well as an icon of achievement and architecture. This 108-story skyscraper will give you outstanding views of the Chicago skyline – good enough to see into 4 neighboring states. Step out onto a glass window that dangles you precariously above the immense structure, and learn about the technological feats overcome when crafting this immense steel tower back in 1973.
Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is another family favorite. Routinely packed with interesting exhibits highlighting human innovation, the Museum of Science and Industry has packs enough knowledge into one visit to leave you bewildered. Ever wonder what a real German U-boat looks like? See one here. How about the inner workings of a phone? A cow? A coal mine? Hailed as one of the great exploratory museums, the whole family is sure to appreciate an afternoon spent here.
A great way to see all of these sites is by utilizing a Chicago City Pass. Its ability to get you in the front of the line at Willis Tower is alone worth the expense, but consider is the fast track and discount deal to your family vacation in Chicago.