Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Visit the home that spawned the famous Prairie style of architecture. Wright and his family of eight lived in this Oak Park residence during the first 20 years of his career. During this period, he and his associates experimented with and developed the horizontal lines, open interiors, natural ornamentation, and craftsmanship that evoked the native prairie-landscape its structures would eventually grace. Choose a guided or self-guided walking tour for you and your grandchildren and peer together through the geometrically-astounding stained-glass windows of one of Wright’s masterpieces.

Contact number: 708 8481976

Location: 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302

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Blackberry Farm’s Pioneer Village

You and your grandchildren can step into 19th-century farm life on the grounds of this “living museum.” There are loads of demonstrations in weaving, blacksmithing, sewing, and pottery to inform, entertain, and make your grandkids appreciate the modern conveniences of life. Diversions like carousels, hayrides, and train rides are available, and when you’re ready to just kick back and nosh in the shade, the picnic grove is the perfect spot.


Contact number:  630 8921550

Location: 100 South Barnes Road, Aurora, IL 60506

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The Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center is home to one of the city’s Visitor’s Center (where you can get information on places to go and things to see), and it also hosts a variety of dance, theater, visual arts, film and music programs, and exhibitions. There’s no end to the events you’ll learn about when you stop at the Center with your children. Chicago residents can join the center, opening up a wide world of art and culture.

Contact number: 312 7446630

Location: 77 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602

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Hancock Observatory

Show your children the best view of Chicago from the top of the Hancock Observatory. The open air “sky-deck” will let you experience how windy this city really is. Children love the “sound-scopes,” novel little telescopes that not only show them the various sights below, but lets them hear everything as well. Visitors, who get squeamish looking down from 1,000 feet, might opt instead to study the History Wall, an interesting pictoral representing each phase of Chicago’s evolution from marshy nothingness to urban gem.

Contact number: 312 7513681

Location: 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60661

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