Adler Planetarium

Explore the mysteries of the skies and stars with your children at the Adler Planetarium. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan (conveniently next to The Field Museum), it’s an exciting way to spend an afternoon learning together. For visitors of all ages, the Planetarium offers education and entertainment from The Zula Patrol (for youngsters) to the Egyptian Nights Sky Theater Show. Perfect for the budding Galileo in your clan, it also offers a variety of interesting programs, like Family Week and Far Out Fridays.


Contact number: (312) 922-7827

Location:1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

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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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