Top Kid Friendly Attractions in Chicago

#1 – Water Tower Place Shopping Mall

Upscale shopping and dining, Water Tower Place Mall has something to offer everyone. Located on the beautiful Magnificent Mile, stop in, browse the stores, which include the American Girl Store and the Lego Store, and grab some food at the gourmet food court.

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm
    Sun: 11am-6pm
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#2 – American Girl Store

A true girl-power paradise, the American Girl Store, located at Water Tower Place, is filled with dolls, doll clothes, books and tons of other fun girly things. In addition, you can grab lunch at the café, pose for a picture at the photo studio, and get your American Girl dolls hair done at the doll hair salon.

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Hours: Mon-Thu: 10am-8pm
    Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm
    Sun: 9am-6pm
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#3 – Lego Store

A great hands-on, innovative place, the Lego Store offers families an interactive shopping experience. Stop in, check out the lego play area, and leave with a great toy and a fun experience.

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm
    Sun: 11am-6pm
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#4 – Joffrey Ballet

Providing a unique, beautiful perspective on dance, the Joffrey Ballet offers visitors an opportunity to experience dance at its greatest. With both classical and contemporary pieces, the shows are sure to entertain and captivate visitors of all ages.

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
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#5 – Garrett’s Popcorn

For a sweet and salty treat, stop over to Garrett’s Popcorn, where you have your choice of CarmelCrisp, CheeseCorn, Buttery, and many more mouth-watering flavors. One thing you can almost certainly count on at Garrett’s is waiting in line, so wear comfortable shoes and bring your ipad. It’s all part of the experience.

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#6 – Willis Tower

(formally named Sears Tower)

Soaring above the amazing Chicago skyline, Willis Tower stands 1,450 feet high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The newly renovated Skydeck, which features The Ledge – a glass box, extending 4.3 feet from the Skydeck – is a must see for all those brave enough to venture over the edge.

  • Neighborhood: Loop
  • Hours: Open Daily: 9am-10pm
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#7 – Dave & Busters

Great games, food and fun, Dave & Buster’s resembles Chuck E. Cheese, but all grown up. There are plenty of games for the kids, but a large bar and restaurant for the adults. They are open late to appeal to the over 21 crowd, so if you are going with kids, go early.

  • Neighborhood: River North
  • Hours: Sun, Wed-Thur:11:30am-11pm
    Mon-Tues: 4pm-11pm
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#8 – 10 Pin Bowling Lounge & AMC River East Movie Theater

10 Pin Bowling Lounge offers a hip upscale atmosphere and menu, while providing a fun bowling experience for all members of the family. In the same building, the AMC River East Movie Theater offers visitors a great viewing experience – first-run movies in amazing comfortable plush chairs.

  • Neighborhood: River East
  • Web Sites: 10 Pin –
  • AMC River East –

#9 – Harold Washington Library

One of the largest public libraries in the world, stop over and take in the beauty of the building, and its amazing collections inside. Also, check out the extensive children’s section, and the fun children’s activities offered.

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Hours: Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm
  • Fri & Sat: 9am-5pm
  • Sun: 1pm-5pm
  • Web Site:

#10 – Wrigley Field

For sports lovers and kids, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is a can’t be missed landmark. As the oldest National League ballpark, Wrigley Field is known for its majestic ivy-covered outfield wall, picturesque red marquee sign, hand-turned scoreboard and of course its diehard fans. The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908, which is the longest championship drought of any professional sports team. Maybe this will be the year.

  • Neighborhood: Lakeview
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