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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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We have been here twice, once this June and also last July. Our now 3 1/2 year old loved it both times. There are 2 floors of things to do and so many different activities. Play... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We have been here twice, once this June and also last July. Our now 3 1/2 year old loved it both times. There are 2 floors of things to do and so many different activities. Play on a fire truck, a room of miniatures, a jungle room, excavate a dinosaur skeleton, water tables, a room representing a city, erector sets,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

My grand son and his parent with me alike all of us had a blast and made friends and plays it's a perfect day experience

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Huntington, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We had our first visit here and it was great. They had things for our 3 year old and for our 13 month old learning to walk. They both had a great time! There are plenty of places for adults to sit and observe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I have been to the Children's Museum several times, as a kid and more recently. I think it definitely has more magic for kids, but it is still fun as an adult. One of my favorite rooms was always the water works section. Definitely the best part of Navy Pier!

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The museum is in a great location. Right at the Navy Pier entrance. There are lots of shops and restaurants near by, the IMAX theatre, etc. As for the museum experience, I feel as though we flew through all of the exhibits very quickly... and we were done seeing everything in less than 1 hour. I really do not feel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Our two-year-old loved every floor and every section of this museum! Her favorite sections were by far the Dinosaur Expedition, Skyline, and Kids Town. Other sections include WaterWays, Tinkering Lab, an art studio, a playspace for little ones, a firehouse and fire truck, a climbing schooner, etc. We spent approximately two hours there. The museum is located at the famous... More 

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Kilbourne, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We visited the Children's Museum while we were visiting the Navy Pier. It was a highlight of the trip. The location is great because there are many things at the pier to keep the kids entertained besides the museum. It was an all day trip just for the Children's Museum and Navy Pier. We did get a steal on the... More 

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Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I was blown away by the sheer scale of The Children's Museum. I have been to the one in Edinburgh, Scotland numerous times, but this is so much bigger and so much better. Be prepared to lose your day just wandering round and enjoying yourself immensley!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I made my first trip ever to the Chicago Children's Museum on May 30. I can unequivocally say it the the most place in Chicago if you are under the age of 10. We visited with my daughter in law and her friend with two kids (2 1/2 and 6). We never stopped playing in two hours and there was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This museum is well organized and has enough separate spaces that it doesn't feel too crowded. The attached parking garage and indoor walkway make it so that you don't need to go outside if the weather is not ideal. There is a very small area to feed snacks to your kids. Either plan to eat at one of the many... More 

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Additional Information about Chicago Children's Museum

Address: 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: 312 527 1000
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Streeterville
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Staying in Streeterville

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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.