Chicago for Kids

...there is just as much adult fun as there is family fun

There is so much to do in Chicago for kids that you will never run out of family-oriented things to do. On this page, you will find links and brief descriptions of the many attractions and things-to-do in Chicago in order for you to find the ones that offers the most family-fun and which are more suitable for children.

They are all grouped by category, including attractions, amusement parks, zoos, museums, water parks, and much more.


  • Wonder Works Calender of Events
  • Wonder Works is a children's Museum that provides a hands-on learning environment intended to strengthen the development of children in the Oak Park and Chicago area.
    6445 West North Avenue
    Oak Park, IL 60302

  • Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
  • 111 West Campbell St., Downtown Arlington
    Heights, IL 60005
    Phone #: (1)847-577-2121

What's New?

  • Chicago For Children - Audio Tour
  • A fun, interactive tour of the city of Chicago for kids. View online and/or download the audio for listening later.
  • CoCo Key Water Resort at Sheraton Chicago Northwest
  • Illinois newest and largest indoor water park featuring 65,000 square feet of Key West themed indoor fun.

    3400 W. Euclid Avenue
    Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
    Phone #: (1)847-394-2000

  • Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
  • This is a live, professional musical theatre.

    3323 Walters Ave.
    Northbrook IL 60062
    Phone #: (1)847-291-2367

    They offer party packages, "meet the cat" luncheons, school and group rates, and backstage tours.

Children's Theatre

  • Emerald City Theatre
  • 2936 N. Southport Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60657
    Phone #: (1)773-529-2690

    A modern fairy tale the everyone in the family can enjoy. Emerald City Theatre was built to continue this type of family enjoyment.

    There mission is to create innovative theatre experiences that bring families closer together and inspire kids everywhere come and join them!

  • Chicago Children's Theatre
  • Goodman Theatre in the owen
    Administrative offices: 1464 N. Milwankee Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    Phone #: (1)773-227-0180

    Chicago Children's Theatre aspires to enrich our community through significant theatrical programming that engages the kid in everyone.

  • Adventure Stage Chicago
  • Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble St.
    Chicago, IL 60642
    Phone #: (1)773-342-4141

    Adventure Stage Chicago creates dynamic theatre for young audiences that activates the imagination, inspires dialogue, and celebrates community among families, educators and artists.

    Winner of the 2007 National Award for outstanding new children's theatre company from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Adventure Stage Chicago presents engaging theatrical programming designed to be enjoyed by everyone.

Amusement Parks/ Arcades

Attractions/ Landmarks



Live Reformances


Parks & Beaches



Water Parks/ Aquatic Centers

  • Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center (Carpentersville)
  • Keylime Cove (Gurnee, IL)
  • Keylime Cove is a great experience for the whole family. This tropical paradise is located right outside Chicago and offers a great time in the water.
  • Pelican Harbor Aquatic Complex
  • 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook
    Chicago, IL 60440
    Phone #: (1)630-739-1700

    There are Outdoor attractions. Lots od waterslides, Relax on the Lazy River, or conquer the Lazy River's Adventure Channel. Experience the speed and excitment of there 4 water speed slides (2 enclosed and 2 open).

    Challenge yourself in the diving well with drop slide and 1-meter diving board entry pool, which is perfect for young children.

  • Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center (Des Plaines)
  • RagingWaves Waterpark
  • 4000 N. Bridge St. Yorkville
    Chicago, IL 60560
    Phone #: (1) 630-882-6575

    Raging Waves is Chicagoland's newest and largest waterpark. It's located in Suburban Yorkville on highway 47 which is just 45-55 minutes west of the Chicago Loop.

  • The WaterWorks (Schaumburg) (Year-round :indoor)
  • Rainbow Falls water park (Elk Grove village)
  • Splash County Water Park (Aurora)

Zoos/ Animals

These are the biggest attractions and things to do for all the children that come to Chicago. There are other smaller places to visit, but I would recommend the links I have provided first because they are the most popular and most visited in the Chicago area.

Children can have as much fun and enjoyment as everyone else when they visit the Chicagoland area.