Take a break from the bustling city and enter the peace and tranquility of the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Inside the Victorian-era glass structure is an oasis of lush, exotic plants from around the world tucked amid water features in four areas: the Fern Room, the Orchid House, the Palm House and the Show House. Afterward, stroll through the surrounding gardens, where you’ll find monuments, a fountain, a formal garden and an Old English-style garden.
2200 N. Cannon Dr.
If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids in Chicago, you can’t beat the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the few free zoos in the country. The beautifully landscaped park is home to about 200 species of animals including polar bears, seals, penguins, lions and gorillas, as well as birds and reptiles. A children’s zoo features bears, otters and wolves, and kids will love visiting the cows, goats, ponies and rabbits at the Farm-in-the-Zoo.Read MoreAAA / Laurie Sterbens
600 E. Grand Ave.
No trip to Chicago is complete without visiting Navy Pier, a Chicago landmark that’s a destination for millions of visitors annually. More than just a pier, it’s surrounded by parks and gardens and includes shops, restaurants and family attractions such as a Ferris wheel, carousel and the Funhouse Maze, as well as the Chicago Children’s Museum. Although some attractions require tickets, admission to the pier is free, so you can stroll around, check out the sights, and grab a bite to eat while having a great view of the lake. In summer months, you can enjoy a free fireworks show on Wednesday or Saturday night.Read More
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