Things to Do Around Chicago, Illinois for Families

Things to Do Around Chicago, Illinois for Families
Chicago encompasses more than just downtown and the city. Many visitors never leave the city and in doing so miss out on many wonderful places to explore. Each suburb and town has its own unique feel, which makes for interesting vacations. For families looking to visit the area without the rush of the city, finding fun things around Chicago is easy.

Brookfield Zoo

Less than half an hour (14 miles) west of Chicago, the 216-acre Brookfield Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals representing 450 species. The zoo has many permanent and seasonal temporary exhibits that are both fun and educational. Through December, the zoo lights up with Christmas lights for "Holiday Magic" and has special late evening hours. The Brookfied Zoo is open 365 days a year.

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st St.
Brookfield, Illinois‎ 60513
(708) 485-2200

Six Flags Great America

Only one hour north of Chicago (45 miles), Six Flags Great America is an action-filled theme park and a water park. One day is usually not enough to tackle the 12 roller coasters, four water slides, wave pool, children's area and classic double-decker merry-go-round. In October, the park holds "Fright Fest," where ghouls and ghosts haunt the guests with Halloween spirit. The theme park is open from April to October; the water park from May to August.

Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, Illinois 60031

Kohl Children's Museum

Located 24 miles northwest in suburban Glenview, the Kohl Children's Museum allows children (up to 8 years old) and parents to learn through fun and interactive hands-on exhibits and activities. Kids learn about art, music, nature and community. The museum hosts many special events throughout the year. It is open seven days a week (closed on major holidays) and is easy to reach by public transportation.

Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview, Illinois 60026
(847) 832-6600

Article Written By Patrick M. Lind

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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