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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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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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7 & and under

A good place for little kids to learn, explore, and climb indoors all times of the year. But at about 7, the kids will age out of this type of fun. I had season passes so it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So it's a children's museum, it is what it is. It's cute, it's clean, but there's nothing terribly innovative or unique. It's your standard children's museum. There's a spot to dig for a dinosaur skeleton, a water play area, woodland/treehouse room, fire and safety area, tinkering station where you can hammer, use a screwdriver, etc, a zoom room with hot... More 

Thank J H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place for little kids to learn, explore, and climb indoors all times of the year. But at about 7, the kids will age out of this type of fun. I had season passes so it might work for 8 and 9 years old if they had never been before. There is a baby area, fire station area, digging... More 

Thank BiracialTravelWoman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took my young grandson to CCM in Navy Pier. He loved it and spent an hour and a half there. It was better for me to buy a family membership than individual admissions.

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandchildren are two and eight months. There were so many fun activities for both the children. We allowed our granddaughter to take the map that has pictures for the different activities and she chose where we went each time. Although we did not go in order lol she loved almost all exhibits. She loved zoom room which is a... More 

Thank Jeanne P
Bratislava, Slovakia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

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 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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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.
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