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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
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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.

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Lot of activities, can be crowdy in rainy weather

It´s been a rainy day in Chicago, so it was very crowded. Very! Kids were stealing toys, our 2,5 was really frustrated by this crying several times as all the stuff in the kitchen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bratislava, Slovakia
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It´s been a rainy day in Chicago, so it was very crowded. Very! Kids were stealing toys, our 2,5 was really frustrated by this crying several times as all the stuff in the kitchen corner he literally didn´t hold in hands was gone in seconds. That put him in such a bad mood he didn´t want to play with anything... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the Children's Museum when my kids were 4 and 5. They are around 8 years old now and still like it but get bored quickly. Only one really physically active thing to do (the climbing net) and then they always beg to go to the extremely overpriced McDonald's on Navy Pier or the candy shop. Staff is very... More 

Thank Meghan D
Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 August 22, 2016 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 

Thank Lucia V
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 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.

Thank Shencey H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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 

Thank KristiEMichigan
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

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 

Thank Katie C
Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 July 25, 2016

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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Staying in Streeterville

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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.