This week we are very excited to feature a guest post by Lindsay T., a travel blogger who writes for Allstate Motor Club and who was generous enough to share her favorite 5 family-friendly sites in Chicago! So whether you call it the Windy City, Chi-town, or Second City, don't miss these fantastic sites in America's third most populous city!
Chicago may be known for its cold, snowy winters, but people often overlook the fact that Chicago is a beautiful city in spring. Now that warm weather is on its way, it’s the perfect time to make a trip to the “windy city.” Located right on Lake Michigan, Chicago combines a unique blend of sea and sand with urban architecture and culture. There’s always something to do, especially when you’re visiting with kids! Here are a few favorite Chicago activities that you and your kids will love.
Chicago Architectural Boat Tour
This boat cruise along the Chicago River is led by a trained guide. He or she will point out all of the noteworthy architecture, right as you pass by. You’ll hear some of Chicago’s history and fun facts about the buildings and architects. Your kids will love going on the boat, sailing down the river, and taking in all of Chicago’s skyscrapers.
Especially if this is your kids’ first trip to Chicago, Navy Pier is a must! This is the most well-known tourist site in the Midwest, and it boasts countless restaurants, shows, and amusement rides. Navy Pier is recognizable by its iconic Ferris wheel, which can be seen from numerous points along the lakefront. And the fantastic view of the Chicago skyline isn’t even the best part – Navy Pier has free fireworks in the summertime, beginning around Memorial Day weekend!
This park is one of Chicago’s major landmarks. Not your typical playground, Millennium Park offers multiple displays of public art. This includes Cloud Gate, commonly known as “the bean,” which is a large, reflective, bean-shaped sculpture in which visitors love to take pictures of their reflections. The Crown Fountain is another sculpture to see. It is made of two glass walls that display images of human faces and spout water, making it perfect for your kids to interact with in spring.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Just north of downtown Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, a quaint residential area. Adults and kids alike are frequenters of this zoo. For a little break from the bustle of the city, this zoo provides a bit of an oasis. Your kids will love the wildlife, and you’ll enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere.
Located in the Willis Tower (originally called the Sears Tower), the Skydeck is a balcony attached to the tower that visitors can step into for breathtaking views of Chicago. Made entirely of glass, this balcony will make you feel like you’re floating over the city. One of the more unique activities in Chicago, this is something your kids will really enjoy!
Author Bio: Lindsay T. writes about travel on behalf of Allstate Motor Club, an auto club that provides and other travel services. Visit Allstate Motor Club for more on driving resources, roadside assistance programs, and membership information.
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