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Chicago Children's Museum

700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3436
+1 312-527-1000
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“older kids” (24 reviews)
“navy pier” (99 reviews)
“water area” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3436
+1 312-527-1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

old, young or just want to be a kid, this is a great hands on teaching place for kids, but as an adult I've enjoyed taking my family here

Thank hart277
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is tiny, there is literally 3-4 rooms that children can visit. Not sure exactly what is the target age here, but my 8 year old was done in 20 minutes.

Thank AXH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our 6 and 4 year old granddaughters had a great time. Lots of different things to see and do. They really enjoyed the fort building and climbing the rope ladders. The place is big enough so that we didn't have to wait for other kids...More

1  Thank Tom W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 3 1/2 year old grandson on a weekday. It was amazing! They have so many different play areas. We need to go back to try more of them. He particularly liked playing on the fire engine (with coats and all the trimmings),...More

1  Thank NBCTeacher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 3 year old had an incredible time! So many awesome areas to view. He loved the water section and dino. Great place! Very clean and friendly staff.

Thank Priscilla B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This definitely rates among the best museums I have ever visited with my kids. The 3 and 6 year old played for 5 hours, and could have stayed longer if time allowed. Every room is set up in a way that allows creativity and curiosity...More

Thank J05186
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Plan some serious time. You can spend an entire afternoon here and target offers a free night on Thursday. Very fun for all ages and stimulating to keep kids entertained. Beat my expectations

Thank ricktable
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Navy Pier is great but there aren't a lot of kid friendly things there. My cousins all under six were bored so I saw the Children's Museum and it looked like fun. There were two other adults with me and admission is $14.00 for adults...More

Thank Tony L
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed the children's museum, we got there as soon as they opened so there wasn't a crowd which I loved. We were able to enjoy the museum without bumping into anyone. I enjoyed the themed areas and how they are spaced out made...More

Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 24 July 2017

My 9-year-old decided that she wants to go to the Chicago Children's Museum. Pretty much, within 30 minutes, she felt bored. This is a good place for younger kids, but preteens will run out of things to do pretty quickly.

1  Thank scuba26_41
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
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17 July 2015|
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Response from stcardinalfan | Reviewed this property |
My seven year old thought the museum was boring. In my opinion it is definitely geared to the preschool toddler crowd. With kids aged 7-12 i would think uou might be there 90 mins to 2 hours tops.
12 January 2015|
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Response from GramCPA | Reviewed this property |
There is also a big room where you can park the stroller/gear. It's not supervised/locked if that matters to you. Keep in mind also that the staff can/will grab your stroller and put it in this big room if there are too... More