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Chicago Children's Museum

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Address: 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3436
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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Kid's had a great day

We brought two 7 year old girls and they enjoyed every inch of the museum. It was not very busy as we were there during the air show. I liked all of the different areas, the kids... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
jenai23
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We brought two 7 year old girls and they enjoyed every inch of the museum. It was not very busy as we were there during the air show. I liked all of the different areas, the kids enjoyed the fire truck area the most.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This place is beautifull. It is really well designed and perfect for kids that are one through 7. My kid is 10 and we went straight to a the workshop. She had a blast. We designed a charriot together. She loved it. So if you are visiting the museum with little kiddies it is awsome, and for the older ones... More 

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Gulfport
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I expected it to be a lot bigger since we are in a major city. This "museum" which is more like a play area has the same stuff that other children's museums have. My daughter is almost 7 and it was a little too young for her.

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Thank Shencey H
Michigan
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was awesome, so much hands on stuff. Kept my two-year-old occupied for several hours, and literally could have spent all day here. You get a wrist band that allows you to come and go the entire day, we didn’t take advantage of this, but it’s a nice option if you want to leave for lunch, etc. Highly recommend... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only place on our trip that the kids asked to go back to. This is a fantastic stop for families with kids. There are a wide variety of of exhibits and activities for the kids including: hot wheels room with hundreds of toy cars and dozens of tracks to race and jump them on; fire station complete with Chicago... More 

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Thank bemison
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying at a hotel close to Navy Pier and did this play center. It is not a museum, per se, more of an activity center. I took our 2.5 year old twins and they lost their minds! They had close to 3 hours of fun before I forced the kids to leave. My husband was at a conference... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband took my boys here in Nov. 2015 and again in July 2016. Both times I hear rave reviews from them.

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If your kids or grandkids are less than 4 or over 7, save the time and money. This attraction is for a VERY specific age range. If less than 4, like my granddaughter (2.5), most was WAY over here head. If over 7, most would seek way to "childlike". You pay entry fee for not only the child, but for... More 

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Thank AZGolfMan
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Place is great for kids, no doubt about it, plenty of fun activities! Reason why i gave 3 stars is that i think is overpriced in fact that adults have to pay full entry price just to watch their kids! We took our son with us! Ticket is 14$ for either kid or adult. We ended up paying 42$ just... More 

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Thank Lukasz R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Super cute! Lots of interactive play options for littles and it was clean. Huge bonus that it's located at Navy Pier with lots of other things to do. Highly recommend.

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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.