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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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My 6 and 9 year old boys love it

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Topeka, Kansas
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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Lukasz R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My children enjoy the Children's Museum -- a good stop with young kids to work into a Navy Pier visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bring our grandchildren to this Museum each time we visit Chicago. They love it. There is so much for the children to do and they love the hands on activities. Each year when we come there are new activities which makes it exciting for the children.

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much to do at this place, from the race cars to the building center and everything in between. I imagine families who live in downtown visit often as they offer year passes. Worth making a day out of it as you can get a stamp to leave and return.

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Princeton, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took our 9 year old granddaughter on a hot day when we were visiting Chicago. A little pricey for what they have. Good for children under 9 years old.. thought they would have more for kids from about 9 to 11. We went to a craft workshop that started at 2.. we got there right on time, but it was... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed taking our 3 year old here! He loved it! It does get crowded so it is better to go when it opens. The first hour we were there we almost had the place to ourselves.

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Plainfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Museum is located in Navy ,have a lot of attraction for children. Kids love to play and to do different kind of activities.

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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.