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Chicago Children's Museum at Illinois
Chicago Children's Museum
Category: Family / Kids
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60611 312-527-1000
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Chicago Children's Museum Family Vacation

Bring the whole family to the place where play and learning connect! The hands-on exhibits at this museum provide kids of all ages with a well-rounded experience so they can learn while having a grand old time. Located at the popular Navy Pier, there are countless activities for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and grade school kids that will keep them occupied for hours. This is an adventure that everyone in the family will want to come back to again and again.


Hours -

Fri-Wed 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-8pm

Prices -

Admission is $14 for anyone over the age of 1; Seniors $13


  • Play Groups
  • Dinosaur Detectives
  • Kids Create


  • Hands-on Activities
  • Educational Exhibits
  • Interactive Play Areas
  • Arts & Crafts

Toddler Activities

If you have a child under two, no sweat! The Pritzker Playspace has been designed exclusively for babies, toddlers, pre-school kids, and their parents. There are also a number of soft and semi-soft exhibits that are appropriate for the really little ones.

Things To Do

The museum is a child’s wonderland with everything from FORTS and a Dinosaur Expedition to the Kraft Artabounds Studio and the Tinkering Lab. Adventurous kids will love climbing on the schooner, playing with toys at WaterWays, and wandering the Treehouse Trails.


  • Are there free admission times?

    Kraft Free Family Night is one of the best deals in Chicago. Every Thursday from 5-8pm, the museum is free for everyone. Target Free First Sundays is a perfect way to save money on the weekends. The first Sunday of each month is free for visitors 15 and under.
  • Are strollers allowed in the museum?

    Yes. You can either leave them in our coat room or take them with you while visiting the exhibits. There are several stroller parking areas to make your visit to the museum with young children a pleasant experience.

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