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What to do with a 7 year old in Chicago?

We will be in Chicago with our 7 year old granddaughter for a few days next week.  Any suggestions where to take her?  Thanks!

7 Answers

top answer by
Leonard from Minneapolis

Chicago is Museum Heaven.  I used to love going there at a kid.

Shedd Aquarium

Field Museum of Natural History and see Sue, the most intact T-Rex in the world
Museum of Science & Industry
Adler Planetarium

Navy Pier might be worth a stroll if the weather's nice, and the nearby Chicago Children's Museum could consume an entire afternoon and even wear out a certain granddaughter for an early bedtime!

I love Rob's suggestion of American Girl Place.

Finish with a trip to Whimsical Candy

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  1. Shedd Aquarium (attraction)
  2. Field Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  3. Museum of Science & Industry (attraction)
  4. Adler Planetarium (attraction)
  5. Navy Pier (attraction)
  6. Chicago Children's Museum (attraction)
  7. Whimsical Candy (restaurant)
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answered by
Aileen from Saint Thomas, Ontario

There is so much to do. The museums are wonderful. The Field Museum of Natural History has a collection of dinosaurs that are sure to impress. The Shedd Aquarium was a favourite of our kids. The Museum of Science and Industry is also fantastic. Take her for deep dish pizza (Giordano's is our favourite). The hop on hop off bus tours are a good way to see the city. If she likes American Girl there is a shop right down town.

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  1. Field Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  2. Shedd Aquarium (attraction)
  3. Museum of Science and Industry (attraction)
  4. American Girl (attraction)
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answered by
Melissa from Chicago

I would definitely take her to Lincoln Park Zoo. I take my nieces and nephews there at least twice a year and they never get tired of it. I would also recommend The Art Institute of Chicago. It is just a wonderful place for all ages. Go see the Thorne Rooms in the lower level. They are like mini dollhouses. I believe they also have an audio tour that is just for kids. And it is right next door to Millennium Park where you can visit the Bean. Have a great time!

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  2. The Art Institute of Chicago (attraction)
  3. Millennium Park (attraction)
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answered by
Susan from Milwaukee

Love the museums (Museum of Science and Industry), including the Shedd Aquarium, but if you're going on the weekend I would suggest going when they first open.  Navy Pier has lots of tourists but also lots of things to do, including the Chicago Children's Museum.  And the Lincoln Park Zoo is always fun.  With a 7 year granddaughter you'll probably have to pay a visit to the American Girl store - and eating there is always a hit with young girls. 

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  1. Museum of Science and Industry (attraction)
  2. Shedd Aquarium (attraction)
  3. Navy Pier (attraction)
  4. Chicago Children's Museum (attraction)
  5. Lincoln Park Zoo (attraction)
  6. American Girl (attraction)
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answered first by
Rob from Chicago

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. American Girl (attraction)
  2. The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn (attraction)
  3. Navy Pier (attraction)
  4. Rainforest Cafe (restaurant)
  5. Museum of Science and Industry (attraction)
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answered by
Emily from Chicago

Hi Evelyn-

Lots of great suggestions here, so instead of duplicating I will just add Maggie Daley Park. It's immediately east of Millenium Park and has a huge new playscape that just opened last week.

Also, if you head to Navy Pier (which is also the location of The Children's Museum) I would suggest taking public transportation as parking is pricy! I was recently there for 2 hours on a weekday and it was $22 to park. If you're not familiar with Chicago Public Transportation, the Google Maps app, allows you to put in your destination and then choose how you want to get there. If you choose the bus icon it will direct you on buses/trains.

Have a great time!

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answered by
Cheryl from Wisconsin

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Field Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  2. Shedd Aquarium (attraction)
  3. The Art Institute of Chicago (attraction)
  4. Lincoln Park Zoo (attraction)
  5. Millennium Park (attraction)
  6. The Bean (attraction)
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