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Family-friendly things to do with kids in and around Chicago

The best pumpkin patches near Chicago
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The best pumpkin patches near Chicago

Outfitted with acres upon acres of pumpkins ripe for picking—plus other fall attractions like cider mills, spooky corn mazes and tractor rides—these farms provide an entire afternoon worth of activity all within a two-hour drive from downtown.

ZooLights will still illuminate Lincoln Park this year, but you’ll have to pay admission to get in
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ZooLights will still illuminate Lincoln Park this year, but you’ll have to pay admission to get in

And tickets are on sale! 

How to go apple picking near Chicago
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How to go apple picking near Chicago

It's not hard when the city is ringed by so many top-notch orchards.

The all-time best things to do in Chicago with kids
Kids

The all-time best things to do in Chicago with kids

We have the inside scoop on can't-miss museums, play-friendly parks and Chicago mainstays that welcome little ones with open arms. 

These Chicago restaurants offer tasty kids meals to go
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These Chicago restaurants offer tasty kids meals to go

These Chicago restaurants are coming to the rescue with gourmet kids meals that make dinnertime a breeze.

Time Out shop

Museum of Science and Industry
Museums

Museum of Science and Industry

Interactivity is the name of the game at this fun and family-friendly museum

Beginner's Art Studio at Wonder Works

Beginner's Art Studio at Wonder Works

Kiddos can explore their artistic sides at Oak Park's creative children's museum

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Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Discover Chicago's storied history at this Lincoln Park museum

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Martial Arts Training Temple

Martial Arts Training Temple

Get one month of Shaolin Kung-Fu for only $55 at Martial Arts Training Temple

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Hiking trails for the whole family
Travel

Hiking trails for the whole family

Explore great hiking trails, all within a few hours' drive 

Top children’s museums
Kids

Top children’s museums

Get your play on!

Art classes for kids
Kids

Art classes for kids

Channel your kids' artistic energy off of your walls and into a less damaging direction at these art classes

Toy stores in Chicago
Kids

Toy stores in Chicago

These well curated shops often have fun displays for hands-on playing.

Chicago parent survival guide

Places to get kids’ haircuts in Chicago
Kids

Places to get kids’ haircuts in Chicago

Taking your kids to the hair salon is a whole different ballgame

Watch Barack and Michelle Obama read a children’s book
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Watch Barack and Michelle Obama read a children’s book

Let the Obamas handle storytime tonight.

Kid-approved eats at Time Out Market Chicago
Time Out Market

Kid-approved eats at Time Out Market Chicago

There's plenty here for young diners to devour, too.

Story Time with Drag Queens puts a new face on kid lit
LGBTQ+

Story Time with Drag Queens puts a new face on kid lit

“A lot of them, I have found, don’t even see gender with us. A lot of them just call us ‘princesses.'"

25 reasons why Chicago is the best city to raise kids
Kids

25 reasons why Chicago is the best city to raise kids

Don't move to the suburbs until you read this list