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visiting Chicago in December

post #1 of 6
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Hi,
i'll be in Chicago in December with my 3 year old and 20 month old for a weekend.
What are the best thing's to do with kiddies this age? I'm thinking it is going to be very cold.
thanks,
c
post #2 of 6
I was just coming here to say we're going this week! eek!
I posted here (on tbw) and got some great suggestions.
Enjoy your trip.
post #3 of 6
It is indeed likely to be cold then, but there's still a lot of fun things to do.
I think the Lincoln Park Zoo is fun in any season, and has the added advantage of being free - if it's too cold you can spend more time inside in some of the exhibits (our toddler particularly likes the Regenstein Africa House).
I also think the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (quite near the zoo) is a lot of fun for kids that age - very reasonably priced, not too overwhelming, and they'll love the butterfly room and the play area downstairs, among other things. I think they're probably a little young for the Art Institute or Museum of Science and Industry, but I've heard that the lower floor of the Field Museum is great for younger kids (we haven't gone yet, but are planning to take our now-16-month-old there this winter). The Aquarium is right next to the Field Museum, and they might love that. It can be very expensive, though if you don't want to spend $20 (or whatever it is) you can ask for tickets to *just* the Aquarium (not the special exhibits or oceanarium) for $5.
Finally, I think that Macy's on State Street is keeping up the tradition that Marshall Fields always had of wonderful CHristmas windows to go look at (though I'm not certain about that). I have great memories of coming downtown to look at the Marshall Fields Christmas windows in December when I was a kid...

Have fun!
post #4 of 6
I second the Christmas windows, they are magical! If you are going to museums, we used to love the Children's Museum at Navy Pier. Navy Pier has a lot of cool things going on at Christmastime
post #5 of 6
I would have to say I would visit the Kohls Childrens Museum in Glenview. It is so great! It is ALL hands on. The kids just love it. You can look it up on line. It is the best!
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Hi,
i'll be in Chicago in December with my 3 year old and 20 month old for a weekend.
What are the best thing's to do with kiddies this age? I'm thinking it is going to be very cold.
thanks,
c
Also check out the Christkindlmarkt at Daley Plaza. Lots and lots of German imports -- glass ornaments, gingerbread, LOTS to eat and see. And if it is too cold, there are places to go to get warmed up. It is really one of Chicago's great seasonal festivals.

Valerie
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