Must-See Attractions in Chicago
These family-friendly attractions may be just as fun for adults as kids.
Navy Pier (pictured) A 150-foot Ferris wheel, the Chicago Children's Museum, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, restaurants and boat cruises draw visitors to this lakefront spot. There are twice-weekly fireworks in summer. navypier.com; chichildrensmuseum.org
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Kids love playing with the boats and locks at water tables and checking out the critters. The highlight, though, is the Butterfly Haven. Free on Thursdays. naturemuseum.org
Lincoln Park Zoo This North Side zoo often prompts visitors to marvel that it is free. A new nature boardwalk opened recently; the children's zoo and carousel are reliably entertaining. lpzoo.org
American Girl Place It's mecca for tween girls. Find historical-theme dolls, a salon for your little one's doll, and a cafe serving brunch, lunch, tea and dinner. americangirl.com