Ask ChicagoNow: Where is the best place to take kids in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: Where is the best place to take kids in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

Where is the best place to take kids in Chicago?

“Maggie Daley Park”. — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago

“This is the best kept secret in Chicago: McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum”. — Kim Cavill, Sex Positive Parent

“Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. Lincoln Park has tons of indoor exhibits, including a climbing thingie. Kohl Children’s Museum or Rockin’ Jump trampoline park in the suburbs. I could go on for days w/ suggestions.” — Kelley Farrell, The Canny Nanny

“Museum of Science and Industry – the exhibits are phenomenal, plus there’s plenty of room for kids to run around.” — Helaine Karlin Krysik, Adventures of a Mom Entrepreneur

“Best place to take kids is your local fire station. They’ll take your kid in, no questions asked, and you can move to Fiji.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups

“Wherever I’m not.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“In the summer, any park, beach, sidewalk… Get those kids outside the two months you can!!! In the winter I like little museums with cute play areas, like the Swedish Museum or the Notebaert.” — Ana Martin Sagredo, Foreign Affairs: Children Edition

“I think Lincoln Park Zoo is great for kids since it is free unless you chose to spend money on food and other amenities.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“It’s been fifteen years since my kids were little, and those times seemed so much simpler! My answers in order of preference: outside, the park, museums (buy the family membership it’s sooo worth it), the beach, and (my least favorite) classes/lessons. Don’t overschedule them! Give their imagination room to grow!” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Chicago Botanic Garden. Even though it’s kinda far out of the city, it’s easy to drive to and our grandkids love it. They often ask us to take them there. They give kids bingo maps to look for flowers and butterflies and other natural stuff. And it’s beautiful there. The kids love the fountains, too. We’ve left behind a small fortune in small coins tossed into those fountains by tiny hands!” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“Spend a Sunday morning driving them past your old haunts, schools, neighborhoods and have lunch afterwards at Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp on Canal Street”. — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

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