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What to do at night with a 12 year old?

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What to do at night with a 12 year old?

I will be in Chicago for Oct 2-6. From what I've read, I was looking to book the new Thompson Hotel (old Sutton) because the area has more restaurants/nightlife. I can fill our days up with museums and tours but don't have any ideas what to do at night. We already saw Blue Man, Wicked, and we'll do Navy Pier for one night. Any ideas? Also, is this a good area to book (safe) for just mom and son?

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1. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

The hotel area's fine.

We've got wonderful neighborhood theater options. www.chicagoplays.com for ideas.

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2. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

The hotel area's fine.

We've got wonderful neighborhood theater options. www.chicagoplays.com for ideas.

Also - http://comedysportzchicago.com/mobile/

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3. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

Lucky strike bowling before 8pm, amc movies, ed debevicks for dinner

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4. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

You could accompany him to Dave and Busters on Clark st at Elm daveandbusters.com/locations/…

Check if the musical Shrek is still playing at the Shakespeare theatre on Navy Pier.

Edited: 10:10 am, August 29, 2013
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5. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

Shrek ends sept 1

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6. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

You might go over to Buckingham Fountain, which is lit up at night (through mid-October) and pretty spectacular. wendellaboats.com/experience/lakeandrivertou…

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7. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

Wendella boats looks interesting. Is it comparable to Architecture Foundation River Cruise? Also, just the river tour or the combo river/lake tour?

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8. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

Take a 12 yr old on the Seadog lake tour from Navy Pier. Giant speed boat and tour in one. http://www.seadogcruises.com/Chicago/home

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9. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

Water taxi to Chinatown

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10. Re: What to do at night with a 12 year old?

You can take him to some unique dining. Chicago has a lot of dinner and a show themed places many are mobster oriented, but are kid friendly. Chicago is home to SO many unique restaurants such as Peruvian, vegan Thai, Korean, Argentinian, etc which beats the typical Chinese, Mexican, and Italian that many smaller towns have. It may not be outlandish to do, but it's something cool for you and your child to be exposed to.

There are always a ton of musicals and plays ongoing, many which are kid friendly on Chicago's Broadway. There are also night time tours which would allow for you to see the city at night without having to walk it by yourself all night long.

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