Things to Do in Illinois
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Kids get a kick seeing the old-fashioned red barn at the Farm-in-the-Zoo. Even more charming are the hands-on activities that allow city kids to play farmer from feeding the dairy cows to petting the goats. ...
The new-ish Chicago Children's Theatre (it mounted its first performance in 2006) stages lavish Broadway-style productions for kids ages 5 and up, though at $12-$30 for tickets...
From sitting on deer skin rugs to fingering primitive snowshoes, kids are immersed in Native American culture at this unique museum. The highlight is the "teaching lodge" on the second floor...
The flagship store of a mini, four-store Chicago-area chain, Toys Etcetera endears shoppers of all ages with its hands-on approach to retail. Toys aplenty are available for the smallest to the tallest, in the form of games...
Doll & Toy Store
What's so special about a Chicago hot dog? Did a cow really start the Great Chicago Fire? What was Chicago like before it was a big city? At the recently...
One of the best ways to see Chicago's world-famous architecture is by boat, either on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. Seadog's River & Architecture Tour takes you from the...
Sometimes overlooked among Chicago's better-known cultural institutions, the DuSable museum is worth a visit, particularly for school-aged and older kids who may be learning about the Civil Rights...
The Lincoln Park Zoo is free, and while you might not expect much as a result, you'll be pleasantly surprised. North of downtown, just off Lake Shore Drive and offering...
Chicago is known for its world-class museums, but this one -- the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere -- truly stands apart: More than 35,000 artifacts are housed in 400,000...
Science & Nature Museum
Explore the history and architecture on the Chicago River and then venture out onto Lake Michigan...