Best Stroller-friendly Museum Tours in Chicago
One of our aims as Chicago parents is to look for solutions to naturally pair culture with childhood. Of course, parks and playgrounds are the natural go-to destinations for families, but sometimes, we really like the idea of opening up a child’s mind and letting their imaginations wander. The good news is, Chicago museums have that. Best of all, they understand that starting off young is the best way to show our kids that culture can be exciting, fascinating, and whimsical-even from the view of one’s own baby stroller. Keep reading for the best stroller adventures and stroller-friendly experiences at some of our favorite Chicago destinations.
1400 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture. Since opening the Museum in 1894, our collection has grown to nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens. The breadth of our mission has expanded, too. We continue to research the objects in our collections, as well as document previously unknown species, conserve ecosystems in our backyard and across the globe, educate budding scientists, invite cross-cultural conversation, and more—all to ensure that our planet thrives for generations to come. – fieldmuseum.org
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Bask in the glow of thousands of twinkling lights in favorites like the Winter Cathedral and new delights you’ve never seen before. Make new family holiday memories at Lightscape. Tickets for this event are timed in 15-minute increments to stagger visitors for a better experience. However, the event is open until 11 p.m. each night so you may stay until then and enjoy the event. No refunds. Exchanges are allowed June 10 – Nov. 1, 2021, but subject to a $10 fee per exchange transaction. This fee applies to both members and nonmembers. Please contact the Customer Call Center at (847) 835-6801 to process. Tickets are subject to availability. This event is rain or shine. Strollers are allowed.- chicagobotanic.org/events/featured_events/lightscape
Smart Museum of Art at The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Museum incorporates diverse ideas, identities, and experiences into its exhibitions and collections, academic inquiry, and public programming. The Smart first opened in 1974. Visitors may use strollers throughout the Smart. A ramp into the Museum’s galleries is located on the west side of the lobby. Strollers may also be stored in the coat closet or at the information desk. – smartmuseum.uchicago.edu
The Art Institute of Chicago
Michigan Avenue Entrance
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
We’re thrilled to welcome you to our galleries to experience firsthand the beauty and power of art. As you plan your visit, please acquaint yourself with our hours and visiting policies. The Art Institute of Chicago welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its services accessible to everyone. We offer a range of resources for both adults and children with disabilities. – artic.edu
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
The Morton Arboretum is the perfect place for family members of all ages to connect and experience a fun-filled visit surrounded by nature. Centrally located 25 miles west of Chicago, the Arboretum is just west of Interstate 355 and north of I-88 on Illinois Route 53 in DuPage County. As you consider the Arboretum for your next family outing, be sure to explore these downloadable and printer-friendly maps which highlight paved and chipped-wood paths, visitor facilities, tree collections, gardens, water features, and more. Review these helpful visiting tips and the Know Before You Go web page for important safety guidelines. Plan for wet and dirty play. Have an extra set of clothes handy. If your child is too young to walk long distances, bring a stroller. – mortonarb.org
700 East Grand Avenue, Suite 127
Chicago, IL 60611
Strollers are allowed at Chicago Children’s Museum. They may be left in our unattended coat room or remain with you during your visit. Many exhibits include adjacent stroller parking areas, but for those that don’t, we ask that you please refrain from leaving your stroller in high traffic areas such as exhibit entrances and exits. – chicagochildrensmuseum.org