Jul 5, 2024 |

Things to Do in Chicago with Grandkids

Overhead view of Chicago

Chicago is filled with fun things to do for people of all ages. Museums, tours, music, shows, and great restaurants are what the city is known for.

To keep your grandchildren entertained in the Windy City, you have a variety of options. Montgomery Place: Senior Living Community in Chicago here to show you some of the best Chicago has to offer.

Museums to Visit

Chicago has some of the most interesting museums in the world. When you live here, you can take your grandkids to several of them to learn about art, animals, the ocean, the history of the city, and a whole lot more.

Chicago Children's Museum

Interactive exhibits such as Treehouse Trails, WaterWays, and Dinosaur Expedition let children crawl, stretch out, and use all five senses at the Chicago Children's Museum. Located on Chicago's scenic lakefront, it is a goldmine of family-friendly things to do and see.

Shedd Aquarium

Kids can explore underwater worlds from across the globe at Shedd Aquarium. Behind-the-scenes tours and extraordinary animal encounters are just part of the fun.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

With exhibits that are sure to thrill young visitors and grown-ups alike, the Peggy Notebaert Museum features native animals, nature-inspired art, toddler-friendly play spaces, and an exotic butterfly house. Located on the grounds of Lincoln Park, kids can run and play among shady trees, blossoming flowers, and wildlife.

Lincoln Park Zoo

One of the nation's oldest zoos, Lincoln Park Zoo, is free to the public. Kids can enjoy an old-school carousel, locomotive rides, and the Farm in the Zoo next door. Here children have the chance to pet goats, ponies, and cows to experience a little country life in the city.

Griffin Museum of Science and Industry

The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, the Griffin Museum of Science and Industry, houses a real-life U-boat, spinning tornadoes, plains, trains, and much, much more. Screenings take place in the five-story, wrap-around Giant Dome Theater.

Activities to Participate In

Chicago offers numerous indoor and outdoor activities that you can participate in with your grandkids.

Urban Adventure Quest

Urban Adventure Quest is a family-friendly scavenger hunt. The competition involves solving clues and completing challenges while learning about Chicago's local history.

Skydeck Chicago

At Skydeck Chicago, you can walk on air. Located in one of the tallest buildings in the world, Willis Tower, it features glass boxes that extend approximately four feet from the skyscraper's facade, over 1,300 feet above ground level.

Maggie Daley Park

Situated in the heart of downtown, Maggie Daley Park is one of Chicago's newest spectacular green spaces. This magical place is home to a Skating Ribbon, a mini golf course, a climbing wall, and a three-acre Play Garden created in the spirit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.

Indoor Skydiving

For teen and tween grandchildren, IFLY is the ultimate indoor body-lift experience. It's like skydiving without the sky.

Having a Family Meal in Chicago

Chicago has many family-friendly dining experiences that cater to little ones. Little Goat Diner serves a crowd-pleasing menu of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and shareable snacks, plus a separate kids' menu with mini-dogs, waffles, and more. Gino's East is a deep-dish pizzeria that lets kids write and draw on the graffiti wall to keep them busy before the food arrives. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a classic Chicago tapas restaurant offering the opportunity to expand youngsters' palates with easy-to-eat Spanish cuisine.

Experience the Neighborhood

When you live in Hyde Park, your grandchildren will love coming over for a visit. With all the things to do and see in Chicago, you'll always have fun places to visit with them.

Montgomery Place: Senior Living Community in Chicago offers lakefront senior living with numerous amenities in an enviable neighborhood.

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