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Chicago Children's Museum

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Address: 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: 312 527 1000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct...
The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum.
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Excellent Hands On Children's Museum

Took a large family here on a Saturday and it was hard to get the kids to leave they were having so much fun. Plenty for the kids to do. Friendly attentive staff, wide open... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Kiel, Wisconsin
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

Took a large family here on a Saturday and it was hard to get the kids to leave they were having so much fun. Plenty for the kids to do. Friendly attentive staff, wide open stairs, good elevators, great exhibits. My kids loved the hands on wood making shop but they also had a firehouse exhibit and much more. Definitely... More 

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Lindenhurst, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

I've been to the Chicago Children's Museum twice. The first was due to having a membership at another museum and receiving 1/2 off admission and the second time was our last time. My daughter loved it the first time we went and we stayed all day. She was 5.5ish at the time and was really into all of the exciting... More 

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Chicago, IL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is such a fantastic place for little kids. There's plenty for our 3yr old to do from water play, building, and exploring. It's also interesting for adults. Just be warned and pack an extra outfit (inc shoes) if you have little kids as my 3yr old always manages to get his shoes wet in the water play area. Highly... More 

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Marshall, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This museum is well laid-out with lots of interesting and engaging activities for children of all ages. There is a water play area, a small city, a dinosaur dig, art projects, construction projects, indoor play spaces, games, etc. It's pretty cool. We happened to visit on a weekday when there were several field trips, and I've never seen so many... More 

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Clare
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Both of my boys ages 9 and 1 had a blast here so many fun things to do. The only down side was it was kind of busy and they only had one person working at the admissions desk. I feel if they had more than one person it would have went faster. But all in all great place to... More 

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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288 reviews 288 reviews
103 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Costs about $13 person unless younger age. We took our 12 year old and this place is too juvenal for kids older than 10. Not too much hands on as other cities. Pretty basic entertainment value b

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

As locals to Chicago, we come here every couple years with our two grandsons. They are now 8 and 5 and they enjoyed a couple hours at the museum. The older one enjoyed the Tinkering Lab where he spent time with his Grandpa working with wood to build a minecraft character. He was also able to take it home -... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went to the museum and were a littel disappointed. We have been to the Children's museum in Indianapolis and it is 5 stories of games and activities for all ages. For the same price of admission it seemed geared towards toddlers and had little but a building section with hammers and nails for the older kids. My 7 year... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My two boys (ages 8 & 11) went with me to the Chicago Children's Museum in March 2015. This is a smaller museum, but the staff was extremely cheerful and helpful. We went on a Friday of spring break and there weren't really any long lines. It is relatively inexpensive at $13 per person with online coupon. There isn't any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This museum is excellent. Kids get to learn a lot and they have a lot of hands-on activities. They have the boat section. The dinosaur discovery. Along with other things. Its free on Thursdays from 5-9 pm

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Staying in Streeterville

Neighborhood Profile
Streeterville
Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.