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Chicago Children's Museum

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Address: 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number:
+1 312-527-1000
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 17:00 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
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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Free on Thursdays

When we stayed in Chicago this Museum was free on Thursday at 5 pm. We ate before we entered and arrived early to avoid the line. My children had fun. We had to coax the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When we stayed in Chicago this Museum was free on Thursday at 5 pm. We ate before we entered and arrived early to avoid the line. My children had fun. We had to coax the children on leave each exhibit.

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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My 8yr old had a choice between the Shedd Aquarium and the Children's Museum, and he couldn't get enough of this place! It had fantastic "exhibits" and sections that are fun for ALL ages! The water room was a favorite as well as the treehouse climbing area. Overall, we spent approximately 4 hrs here and could have easily spent another... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was definitely my 6 year old daughter´s favorite. I understand her. It is a very well thought out children´s place with a variety of things TO DO, which is what kids want.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our 2.5 year old daughter here to give her a chance to run around and have fun after a long car ride. She absolutely loved it! Navy Pier was very busy the day we went, so it took quite a while to find a place to park in the garage. Once we got inside the part of the... More 

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Middlebury, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled with a 10 month old and 3 year old. The 3 year old was in heaven, he cried when he had to leave. Every room had something for him. Many things in the museum are hands on. Unlike many museums, they encourage you to touch and play with the things in order to learn. Throughout the museum they... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was really fun for young kids. Felt like something was missing but as far as these types of kid's "hands on" type attractions it's better than most and relatively clean. Can't help but think that if the Disney Imagineers created a museum like this it would be spectacular... while this was, OK. It got the job done but wasn't... More 

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Dyer, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set aside a couple of hours so the children can get enough play time in. They need to explore every room filled with a new adventure! The staff is very helpful!

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Ankeny, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great place for our 5 year old nephew to play, as well as have all the adults along participate! We enjoyed building, digging for dinosaur bones, & playing with the race cars. Wish we had something like this at home!

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Murmansk, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a modern Museum, which is built on the principle of "do not touch!", and on the reverse "Touch!". The Museum is located on Navy pier and is an important element of Your program "Chicago for kids". Here children do not go stone-faced and looking bored as in conventional museums. For a few hours, they can visit the crane... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

My grand kids have been going to this museum for seven years and they never cease to love it. the best part is Miss Sandra and David's craft studio. This museum is a must see for all children visiting and living in Chicago. Every Thursday 5 pm -8 pm is free for all.

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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.
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