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Chicago Children's Museum

700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
312 527 1000
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Ranked #44 of 376 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Children's Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on exhibits at the Chicago... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Visited with our 10 months old daughter, and even for her, it was already fun! Will definitely visit again when she's older!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

My kids liked this place a lot. And so did I it was really neat! We were there about 3 hrs and I wish we could have stayed longer. There are only 13 exhibits I believe but if your children enjoy playing like mine do you can easily spend a half hour at each one. Each time I told then... More

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Strongly recommend coming early in am or later in afternoon, esp on weekends. Otherwise this place can be very busy, making it hard for youngsters to really enjoy. This is more of a series of play rooms than a traditional museum. Chicago has several cards allowing you to get major discounts if you go to 4, 5 or more major... More

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Awesome variety of hands-on exhibits From the Waterways, Kids Town, Dinosaur Exhibition and many more. Sweet Spot is probably kids ages 4-7 but there are is something for Younger and a little bit older kids too. We stayed there for about 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon, lots of kids but not overly crowded. Price is $14 per Person

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We took our 16 month old here in September 2014. He loved it! There are so many different themed rooms. He had a blast running from one to the next. It is a little pricey for adults to go but worth it for the kiddos!!

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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was probably the best Children's museum we've been to. It's much larger than I thought it would be and has activities for every age. There was plenty for my 2 1/2 year old son to do there, in fact we couldn't get through it all before he had to take a nap :) I would highly recommend it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

THe museum was quite large, but little seemed to engage the imagination of my niece. Dare I say at eight she is already too old for many of the exhibits?

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I was here with my 1 and half year old son. The area isn't big enough. Barely had room to park the stroller. Not good for kids under 3 I would say. The bigger kids took over everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have two kids aged 13 and 9, and they both loved the museum. They especially loved the workshop because they had real tools and it didn't make them feel childish. There was a climbing net and it was basically a net that went straight up. At the time we visited there was a circus going on that was by... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have been to many children's museums in the US and I have admit that this was a disappointment, due to the, in some areas, absolute lack of supervision by employees. For example, my child loves role playing so, we went straight to the firefighters' area. The costumes were all over the place; there were fire shoes lacking. During the... More

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