Family City Guide: Things To Do in Chicago

In Chicago for the Frozen Four? Did you know that, with a UNICEF Kid Power Band, any steps your kids take - around the zoo, at the children's museum, through a playground, stroll through a garden, or climbing a water tower — saves lives?! Here's our guide to a jam-packed day of fun attractions in Chicago, Illinois, with tons of fun and cultural activities for your kids to enjoy!

Lincoln Park Zoo:  How many zoo’s in America are free? Not many. Well, Lincoln Park Zoo is one but that’s hardly the only thing that makes it great. If you go around the holidays, you can catch a great light show and the utterly WOW views of the city on a clear day, especially when the weather is warm, are fab! Bonus: the kids have so much  space to run around—and pet just about any of their favorite animals—that they’ll have no trouble racking up UNICEF Kid Power points!

Chicago Botanic Garden: Not every botanic garden is that exciting for kids. Sure, it can be fun to sniff a flower, appreciate a beautiful color or something that looks a lot healthier than what they usually see at the local bodega. But, that’s a big maybe. The big exception: Chicago’s Botanic Garden, which features something called the Wonderland Express. It’s a train. It’s free (like the Garden). And it’s amazing fun. If you go in Summer, starting around May, they give you a free plant to take home, too.

Pump It Up: The name says it all! If there’s one place in Chicago to wear your UNICEF Kid Power Band it’s here! There are different fun areas for everyone, for every age group. Standouts: the 20-foot climbing wall and bouncy, inflatable indoor playgrounds. Both are as fun as they sound. Just don’t forget to bring an extra pair of socks!

Legoland: Legoland says kids ages 3-12 will have an absolute blast here. Well, we know a few adults who would love this place, too! There are villages to explore that are made of Duplo and the factory tour is so much more fun than perhaps your average factory tour… But two things blew us away: 1) the 4D cinema and 2) the technicycle ride.

Chicago Water Tower: This is a twofer! Visit the Magnificent Mile in Chicago and while you’re on it head to Chicago’s most easily  recognized landmark, the Chicago Water Tower. The architecture is truly awesome-inspiring to all ages and the exhibits equally captivating.

For more Frozen Four fun check out Frozen Four in Chicago with Kids!