We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chicago Children's Museum

Certificate of Excellence
As featured in My Chicago Faves
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: 312 527 1000
Improve this listing
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all 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

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.

read more
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
More Info
and up
Chicago CityPass
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 349 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 192
  • 108
    Very good
  • 38
  • 10
  • 1
Everyone with young children should check it out

We took our Grandson there for the morning. First time for us all. He is 2 and I think he enjoyed it. Everyone likes the water, even big kids(adults). Definitely more to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
john b
Chicago, Illinois

Similar Things to Do in Chicago

Add Photo Write a Review

349 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
314 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took our Grandson there for the morning. First time for us all. He is 2 and I think he enjoyed it. Everyone likes the water, even big kids(adults). Definitely more to be involved in for 4-6. The place is well laid out, clean, plenty of staff to help. Very professional. Its not cheap but not expensive either. We thought... More 

Thank john b
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kids will love it. It is located in the Navy Pier. There are many sections there. I think children will ask to go there again and again.

Thank 16hassann
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
135 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boys ages 10 and 12 were on the upper end for this museum. They had fun with their friends, and spend around 2 hours in the museum. I think younger kids would really enjoy this museum.

Thank Cynsu1
North Arlington, New Jersey
Level Contributor
96 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of activities, spread out over different floors. Kids had a lot of fun.. Activities for all ages. some days are free entry. make sure to check with the staff or call. It was crowded when we went probably because of the holidays. Definitely worth the time.

Thank samsamnj
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
165 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We took our 6 year old grandson to this museum. He loved digging for bones. Two major exhibits, he declared were for "babies". And I would agree, they would be great for children 3-5 years old. He enjoyed the rope climb, too. We were there for about 2 hours. It is something active to do on a cold day.

Thank zilphap
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Young children beg to come back-- so much to do and explore. Best for children under 10. Get a museum pass and save $$$

Thank Badgermimi
Evanston, Wyoming
Level Contributor
76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is a terrific place to take young children. There are a lot of different sections to the museum, each with a theme and purpose, and each beautifully-designed to catch a child's attention. There's so much here that you will need to join and come back over and over again! Our grandson's immediate favorites were the fire truck, the grocery/city... More 

Thank pureblueskies
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Essentially, this is an indoor playground with multiple rooms and scenarios. You can spend the whole day there. There are two water playrooms, a baby and toddler room, rooms with rope climbing and slides, indoor bowling, large dominoes, a firefighter room, archeological dig room, etc. My nephew had a great time and he's a toddler. It's at the navy pier... More 

Thank S R
Level Contributor
80 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

I would say this is one of the best children museum in the USA; especially for children under the age of 10; expected to spend 3 hours with the little ones; because they won't want to leave. A good value for your dollar.

Thank reneein2art
Tulsa, OK
Level Contributor
80 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

My 5-year-old and I met up with a friend and her kids here while we were on vacation. The kids played for over 5 hours without becoming bored. We were able to sit and talk without much interruption because they were so busy. There is more than enough to keep them entertained between the different rooms that contain a fire... More 

Thank Jessica H

Travelers who viewed Chicago Children's Museum also viewed


Been to Chicago Children's Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chicago Children's Museum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Carol Stream, Illinois
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Chicago Children's Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Streeterville

Neighborhood Profile
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.