Chicago – Family Friendly

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chicago is known for it’s tall buildings and stuffed pizza, but that is just the tip of the iceberg for all the different things a family can enjoy.

    Female Speaker: Chicago's year-round entertainment, cool views and awesome exploration, both indoors and out, are sure to impress kids of all ages.

    Only in Chicago can you walk from the bottom of the sea to the moon in a matter of minutes. The Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium are all set in the city's stunning Museum Campus along Lake Michigan.

    And you don't need to travel far to explore the largest Science Museum in the Western Hemisphere at the Museum of Science and Industry. For a bird's eye view of the city, step on to the Skydeck Ledge for an experience at an over 1,300 feet up in the sky, or zoom up 1,000 feet in just 40 seconds in America's fastest elevator for a 360 view of four states from the John Hancock, voted Chicago's best view by TripAdvisor and the Chicago Tribune.

    When you are ready to commune with nature, check out the Lincoln Park or Brookfield Zoos, both open year-round with cool holiday light shows. Or explore outdoors with a tour or on your own by renting a bike or a Segway, taking a bus or a boat, or strolling along Chicago's 26 miles of lakeside paths, and be sure to stop by Millennium Park, a year-round favorite, where kids can splash around on a hot summer day or skate in the winter.

    For little girls with big imaginations, a visit to Chicago would not be complete without stopping by the American Girl Place, the first store of its kind in the U.

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    From the Air and Water Show, to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Taste of Chicago, to Christkindlmarket, Chicagoween, to the Mag Mile Lights Festival, no one celebrates like Chicago, where they even dye the river green on St. Patty's Day.

    And when a day of adventure leaves you famished, choose from plenty of kid and budget-friendly eats, from popular franchises, to Chicago classics. And what meal would be complete without dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Ghirardelli and Hershey's, or try our famous Chicago Mix at Garrett Popcorn Shops.

    When it comes to year-round family fun, Chicago's museums, parks, views, and celebrations are second to none.