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Things to do in Chicago!

  • yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    We are thinking of taking a trip out there later this summer. It’s only like 8-9 hours so really not *that* far of a drive. We’ve never been! What’s good to do and see and eat?

    So far, these have been suggested to me. We are also thinking of catching a Cub’s game (were aren’t huge baseball fans but they are having a 100th anniversary celebration so it might be neat!).

    Magnificent Mile
    Millenium Park
    Shedd Aquarium
    Giordano’s Pizza
    Sears Tower

    Thanks!

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  • yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    Come on! Anybody? Pretty please?? :)

    Momkey
    Momkey
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    First I will say, the one thing you need to be prepared to deal with is parking fees!

    Navy Pier- There is a LOT to do there, there is a childrens museum that has a LOT for the children to do!

    Lincoln Park Zoo- It’s free to enter, and nice to be able to walk around and see the animals!

    Museum of Science and Industry- It is by the Shedd Aquarium, if I remember that right!

    The Field Museum- Also by the Shedd Aquarium, I think!

    If it is still open, the American Girl Store!

    There is the Hancock towers too!

    I lived in Chicago for a year, and I think this is all I ever did there! (Except the Hancock, I also did not go to Sears Tower which is now Willis Tower, For fear of Heights!)
    Then there is…………….
    Boat rides
    Adler Planetarium
    Brookfield Zoo (There is an entrance fee)
    Art institute of Chicago
    Hull House
    Chicago Cultural Center
    Gilmore Car Museum
    Chicago River Walk

    Momkey
    Momkey
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    Just so you are aware, I just read this article about the Sears/Willis Tower!

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/glass-ledges-coating-cracks-under-tourists-sky-n117861

    Most likely it will be done by the time you go, just an FYI!

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    We are planning to hopefully stay a little outside the city and ride the metro in. Parking fees avoided. ;)

    Thanks for the info!

    Momkey
    Momkey
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    Then I would say try to arrive Friday so you can take the train in on Saturday, then the train ticket you use Saturday should be good for Saturday and Sunday! Each adult can get at least 2 kids under 12 on the train for free too! I live about 45-60 minutes driving distance from Chicago, and much prefer to take the train in! :)

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    Well we are going to a baseball game at Wrigley Field on Friday so we will probably arrive Wednesday or Thursday. But thanks for the advice! We have three kids 6 and under so assuming they will all be free if we take the train? Any advice on the metro?

    Momkey
    Momkey
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    Yes, they will all be free! The train is 30-45 minute ride in to Chicago, at first we brought stuff for the kids to do while on the train, but now, there is just too much for them to see while watching out the window that we do not need to bring anything for them to do! One thing I love about Metra is you can move the seat backs so that you can face each other! Another, it is less stressful then driving in Chicago! If you need to bring a stroller, I would say to try and bring the smallest one possible! Although the conductors had no issues with a family with a double stroller parking it on the seat behind them! But the smaller strollers make it easier for both the train and the city bus! (In case you need to take the bus for some places!) Although, I will say the less you have to carry, the better!

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