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Chicago Children's Museum

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Address: 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3436
Phone Number:
+1 312-527-1000
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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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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Fun Day with the Kids

We have two daughters that are 5 and 7 years old. This was a fun place for the 4 of us to go together as a family. The girls were at the right age that they could enjoy pretty... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Nick V
Lansing, Illinois
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Lansing, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have two daughters that are 5 and 7 years old. This was a fun place for the 4 of us to go together as a family. The girls were at the right age that they could enjoy pretty much everything there in some way and some of the exhibits were fun for us as parents to participate with them;... More 

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Fenton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I felt like there was a lot to do even for my 11 month old. She was able to reach and walk around easily in most areas. Some areas had some smaller pieces for building so we just skipped those. I think we could've spent a lot longer there if we would have had more time.

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West Dundee, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is great place to visit during any of the four seasons. There is plenty to do and see. They have self-directed and instructor led activities.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I almost don't want to write that title or this review as this is a real hidden gem. In a city of fantastic world class museums, this one happens to be my favourite and well worth it. You will literally have to tear the kids away as this museum is deceptively large!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Parking = $25.00, Admission was $42.00 for two adults and one two-year old. The exhibits were good, but very crowded, even on a Wednesday morning. We did get half off due to being a member back home. Our daughter did have fun at the dinosaur bone dig. Will probably not go back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have an annual membership, so we are slightly biased. That said, it's a nice location with a great view and if you get the additional validated parking it makes the whole experience a worthwhile. If you only buy for the day, I'm not sure if you'd appreciate the value.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Worth going during the week when it isn't quite so crowded but there are a lot of great exhibits, especially for kids ages 5-10. We went with our 2 year old niece and there just wasn't as much for her to do but she still loved playing house and the water exhibit.

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Took my 4-year-old nephew here, and he was occupied for hours with all the different play areas. He loved the Hot Wheels (temporary exhibit, I think), playing fire station, and the archeology dig. Best of all, he fell right asleep that night after all the activity!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

My kid loved this place. The hot wheels tracks were cool, and all the little things to fiddle and otherwise get hands on with were great. The kids town was the favorite however, where imagination rules above all else.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This Museum is a hands-on heaven for any toddler able to walk, or run. Its just inside the entrance of Navy Pier, so don't walk all the way to the end of the Pier looking for this diamond of a museum. Every "room" was great, here are some of the highlights: 1. Firetruck and firefighter exhibit. Pretend to drive the... More 

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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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