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The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!
360 Chicago Observation Deck | Tilt Over The Edge
360 Chicago Observation Deck | Tilt Over The Edge

(888) 875-8439

875 N Michigan Ave Fl 94
Chicago, IL 60611   Directions Website

Get a 360-degree view of Chi-town from the 360 Chicago tower formerly John Hancock Observatory. The view spans across 80 miles, and you can see four neighboring states from the lookout. For those not afraid of heights, venture out onto Chicago's only open-air skywalk and dare to look down.

Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier
Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier

(312) 595-5375

600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611   Directions Website

Explore the twists and turns of the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze. The family fun center has more than 4,000 square feet of tunnels and mazes for you to get lost in. Be sure to add the attraction to your "to-do" list while visiting Navy Pier.

Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo

(708) 688-8000

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North Gate Main Entrance 8400 31st St
Brookfield, IL 60513   Directions
South Gate Main Entrance 3300 Golf Rd
Brookfield, IL 60513   Directions

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Monkey around at the Brookfield Zoo! Walk through exhibits like The Australia House, The Seven Seas, and Feathers & Scales that house over 450 species of animals that roam both land and sea.

Legoland Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Center

(847) 592-9700

601 N Martingale Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173   Directions Website

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Relive your childhood or take the kids to make some childhood memories of their own at the Legoland Discovery Center. Hands-on attractions accompanied by over two million Lego pieces under one roof guarantee fun for the whole family.

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo

(312) 742-2000

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Administration Office 2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614   Directions
Parking Lot 2400 N. Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614   Directions

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Take a stroll through a zoo that knows its animals. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest in the country and houses more than 1,250 animals inside its unique exhibits and attractions. As you explore the zoo, you'll see zebras, big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys and more.

The Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the United States. The zoo spans across 35-acres of Chicago's Lincoln Park. A unique feature of the Lincoln Park Zoo that really shows its age is a burr oak tree that dates back to 1830, three years before the city was founded. The Children's Zoo and the Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibits offer hands on experiences for younger visitors. There's also an indoor play structure for kids to enjoy, and the Farm exhibit allows guests to pet animals like goats and feed the cows.

Navy Pier Chicago
Navy Pier Chicago
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611   Directions Website
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(312) 595-7437


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(800) 595-7437

Navy Pier was built on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in 1916 and has since become the No. 1 tourist attraction in Chicago. At the time it was built, it was the largest pier in the world. The pier extends 3,300 feet over the lake and was designed to be used as docking space for passenger excursion steamers and a cargo facility for lake freighters. Navy Pier was also utilized in both World Wars for things like military housing, the Red Cross, Home Defense, Navy training center and more. When it wasn't providing military service, the pier had its own streetcar line, theater, emergency room, picnicking areas, dance hall, auditorium, children's playground and more. 

Navy Pier and its surrounding lands occupy about 50 acres on the lake front with its lawn showcasing sculptures, and sprawling to create parks and gardens. The attraction is home to many shops and restaurants as well. Boat parades, air shows, sightseeing tours, festivals and fireworks are Navy Pier favorites.

Raging Waves Waterpark
Raging Waves Waterpark

(630) 882-6575

4000 N Bridge St
Yorkville, IL 60560   Directions Website

About an hour from downtown Chicago, Illinois largest waterpark, Raging Waves Waterpark, with 9 waterslides, a lazy river, a wave pool and a giant sandbox.

Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium

(312) 939-2438

1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605   Directions Website

Journey through the ocean without ever having to leave land at the Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium houses over 25,000 fish and animals within award-winning exhibits and attractions. Sea otters, beluga whales, sea turtles, penguins, sharks, octopi, and jellyfish are just a few of the inhabitants at the Shedd Aquarium.

The John G. Shedd Aquarium debuted in Chicago in 1930. At the time of its opening, the aquarium was the largest in the world and was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. The Shedd Aquarium was the most visited aquarium in the nation in 2005 and 2007, and is an essential part of Museum Campus along with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.

The aquarium welcomes over 2 million guests annually to view their extensive collection of over 1,500 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects. In all, the Shedd Aquarium houses about 25,000 fish. The five permanent exhibits at the Shedd are Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, the Oceanarium, and Wild Reef. The aquarium garnered the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' award for best exhibit in 1999 for Seahorse Symphony, in 2001 for Amazon Rising and in 2004 for Wild Reef.

Some of the animals and sea life that can be seen at the Shedd Aquarium are Alaska sea otters, beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, green sea turtles, Australian lungfish, Grand Caymon blue iguanas, sea lions, penguins, blacktip reef sharks, cownose rays, dragon moray eel, giant Pacific octopus, moon jellies, red-bellied piranhas, sea cucumbers, zebra sharks and sea stars.

Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America

(847) 249-1776

1 Great America Pkwy
Gurnee, IL 60031   Directions Website

Spend a day at the park with Looney Tunes and Justice League characters - the Six Flags Great America amusement park, that is. Six Flags has attractions, thrill rides, a water park and so much more waiting for you and your family. Be sure to bring the sunscreen and your sense of adventure.

Skydeck Chicago | The Ledge
Skydeck Chicago | The Ledge

(312) 875-9447

233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606   Directions Website

Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the newly-renamed Willis Tower was completed in 1974 in downtown Chicago at 233 South Wacker Drive. The 108-story building was the tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years and still holds the title for tallest building in the United States.

The building's observation deck, the Skydeck, is located on the 103rd floor, about 1,353 feet above ground. The Skydeck is one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions and welcomes approximately 1.3 million visitors annually. Recent renovations have introduced new glass balconies with glass floors. The balcony extends four feet over the street and provides gorgeous views of Illinois, Lake Michigan and even neighboring states Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on a clear day. There is a second deck on the 99th floor, reserved for when the 103rd Skydeck is closed.

The Escape Game - Chicago
The Escape Game - Chicago

(312) 453-7753

42 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611   Directions Website

The Escape Game Chicago is located at the center of Chicago’s fun and excitement in River North. You can find us less than two blocks west of The Magnificent Mile, surrounded by many great restaurants and hotels.

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