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Chicago Children's Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“older kids”(27 reviews)
“fire truck”(18 reviews)
“dinosaur bones”(17 reviews)
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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3436
+1 312-527-1000
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 14, 2007

We spent several hours here with and 8, 6 and 2 year old. They were all engaged and enjoyed themselves. There is lots of activites for kids of all ages. When we finally had to leave to make dinner they kids wanted to stay longer....More

5  Thank dpuck1998
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

As a stay at home Mom, I have taken my children to just about every Children's Museum within a 200 mile radius. This one is okay, but not one I would pay to return to. The price is high and I have been to better....More

4  Thank butterflysn1
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The first time one of my two daughters visited Chicago, I took her to the Museum of Science and Industry. She loved it. Recently, when my two daughters and my five grandchildren visited Chicago, they insisted that the first place they wanted to visit was...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister taught first grade for 36 years, so of course we have visited often. It is a terrific place for younger children. I love to watch the kids in the "water room". The kids put on yellow rain slicker coats and go to town...More

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

This place is an awesome place to take young kids! I also love that there is a room for the kids to do art. Also What makes this a go to place is all the nearby restaurants Incase the little ones need a bite to...More

Thank tmsoto2011
Reviewed August 9, 2018

My 4-year-old granddaughter loved this museum! On the day we went, it was not too crowded. She especially enjoyed the firetruck and area where she could create a video about her day.

Thank Betty C
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Written by my 9 year old: The Children’s Museum is fantastic it allways keeps you entertained. I recommend the section ‘The world of tiny treasures’. The building and construction section is excellent too. I can see why people buy a yearly pass to this museum,...More

Thank Julijamarija
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

As a stay at home Mom, I have taken my children to just about every Children's Museum within a 200 mile radius. This one is okay, but not one I would pay to return to. The price is high and I have been to better....More

4  Thank butterflysn1
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

It is smaller than some children’s museums but the kids still had a blast. Being 9 months pregnant I needed a place to rest while they played. The third floor had great couches and chairs centrally located. Not sure why the kids were free today...More

Thank Shannonmarye
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

My three year old thoroughly enjoyed herself at this place. She loved the fire house and the little kitchen. Really good fun for small kids.

Thank TXJen000
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

This is a good refuge for a bad weather day but the price asked for tickets does. It measure up to what they have to offer.

1  Thank engped
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

If you are caught in the rain in Chicago like we were, this is a decent option for young kids to run off steam with interactive activities. If your kids are older (our daughter is 10) or you are expecting serious science exhibits like the...More

2  Thank trautmaa
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Dominique M
January 4, 2018|
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Response from NBCTeacher | Reviewed this property |
They have a coat room where you just hang up your coat. No attendant, no charge.
July 16, 2015|
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Response from Lori S | Reviewed this property |
I think 2-3 hours is plenty of time. Especially with the older kids, they move through activities faster than toddlers. I think we were there an hour and a half with our 3 year old and we ended up cajoling her to leave. The... More
January 11, 2015|
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Response from GramCPA | Reviewed this property |
There is also a big room where you can park the stroller/gear. It's not supervised/locked if that matters to you. Keep in mind also that the staff can/will grab your stroller and put it in this big room if there are too... More