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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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5:00 pm - 8:00 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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This is a very nice facility for both adults and children. One section you can make crafts, another one you can cook, the water area on a hot summer day is fantastic. The room... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice facility for both adults and children. One section you can make crafts, another one you can cook, the water area on a hot summer day is fantastic. The room full of miniatures was nice for adults. Many people in it but it did not seem too crowded. Nice feature was the climbing tree for kids.... More 

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Fun even if you are not a child. Lots of displays and interactive areas. A must if you travel to Chicago with children (of any age).

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I've spent 3 hours with my kids there and it was a very useful 3 hours. You get to teach you kids all sort of skills like using tools, playing with water, climbing rope and walls. The place is relatively safe and all staff are friendly. You can join your kids or just watch them play.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We tried out the Chicago Children's Museum for our three kids, ages 9-15, on a trip to Chicago. We were not sure it would be good for our older kids so we tried it out on a free Thursday night. If you have little kids - 8 and under, this is a wonderful place to go, but not as much... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We belong to a museum in CT and I must say this one just blows it away! There are 2 levels to explore and at least 8 different areas that both kids and parents will love. We spent 2+ hours here and still could have done more! A great place for your kid to have fun and see them delight... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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 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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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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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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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.