Finding fun things to do in Chicago with kids doesn’t take a lot of effort. Various venues and parks host events that include activities for children. Understandably, some parents and caregivers don’t want to wait for those so they look for things they can do in the meantime.

Many attractions in Chicago appeal to children and have parts that adults can enjoy right along with them.

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01Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium is home to thousands of water-dwelling species. During the warmer months of the year, you can pet stingrays in a large touch pool outside. You can feel sturgeon throughout the year in the Great Lakes exhibit. There is an IMAX theater that offers several videos on a rotating basis daily. You can also enjoy the Land and Sea show, which includes performances by many of the aquarium’s animal residents. Children can play on a mock submarine, touch starfish, and enjoy many hands-on activities throughout the building.

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