The Top 10 Things to do in Chicago With Kids This Summer: ChicagoTraveler.com Announces the Best Family Friendly Chicago Activities For Summer Vacations

May 24, 2013

Summer is the ultimate time for a family vacation to Chicago. There are so many great things to do in Chicago in summer that range from sightseeing to hanging with animals. The temperatures will get higher as the days go on, but there are plenty of ways to cool down on a hot day, and so many things to do see and do in the beautiful city of Chicago.

ChicagoTraveler.com recently announced the top 25 things to do in Chicago with kids before they grow up, and is now announcing the top 10 things to do in Chicago with kids this summer.

1. Spend an afternoon at Navy Pier.
Navy Pier is the #1 Chicago tourist attraction, and there are so many things to do in the city for travelers of all ages. There are great restaurants, tons of shopping and plenty of rides that kids will enjoy, including the world famous Navy Pier Ferris wheel, which adults love, too. The whole attraction features beautiful views of the water, which also makes Chicago boat tours and sightseeing cruises a huge draw to Navy Pier.

2. Catch a baseball game.
It’s never too early to introduce kids to America’s favorite pastime. Kids loving cheering on the teams, posing with mascots and even taking cool tours of Chicago baseball stadiums. The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox will have home games all summer long, and there are plenty of things to do before and after a game in Chicago.

3. Tour Chicago by bike.
Chicago has been named one of the most bikeable cities in the country, and with an 18 mile car-free, waterfront path plus more bike-friendly trails in Chicago, it’s easy to bring the whole family along for an active day of biking in Chicago. Rent a bike with Bike and Roll or check out one of the awesome bike tours with Bobby’s Bike Hike, who also offers rentals.

4. Attend a Chicago festival.
Throughout the summer there are tons of fun, family friendly festivals in Chicago that kids will enjoy from start to finish. Grub out at the Taste of Chicago, listen to tunes at the Chicago Jazz Festival and sit lakefront at the Chicago Air and Water Show. In addition to these top annual festivals, there will be outdoor concerts in Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Chicago Cultural City and all over the rest of the city.

5. See all the attractions at Millennium Park.
Check out the reflections at the Bean, aka Cloud Gate, splash around in Crown Fountain, see a concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and take a stroll around the check out all the other interesting architecture and happenings.

6. Explore the wonders of the Shedd Aquarium.
Every kid (and kid at heart) enjoys oohing and ahhing at the 25,000 fish at the #1 cultural exhibit in Chicago. The new Stingray Touch exhibit has just opened at the Shedd Aquarium, so it’s a must for this summer. Many Chicago discount cards include discounted admission to the Shedd Aquarium and many other Chicago museums and attractions. They help make a summer vacation to Chicago much more affordable.

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7. Get some sea legs on a Chicago boat tour
Kids love the adventure that comes with a spin around Lake Michigan or the Chicago River on a fantastic boat tour or sightseeing cruise. Seadog cruises are fun for all, with high speeds, extremely entertaining guides and fun music. Tall Ship Windy has some great sails, including a few pirate themed cruise and a Rum Runners tour. There are tons of great boat tours in Chicago, and it’s easy to find one that’s priced right with the perfect theme for your trip.

9. See Chicago from the John Hancock Observatory.
Chicago looks beautiful from above this time of year with the sun shining and the beaches bursting with people. Don’t forget to bring the camera for a trip up to the 94th floor.

10. Take them to the American Girl Place.
This top Chicago attraction is a more than just a store for kids, it’s the experience of a lifetime. Little girls love exploring the collections, books, outfits and more of their favorite characters, and creating a doll just for her. MileNorth Hotel is ChicagoTraveler.com’s top pick for family-friendly hotels in Chicago this summer, as they offer an incredible American Girl Place hotel package.