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American Girl Place
111 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
An enchanting concept for little girls and their dolls, On the
Magnificent Mile, across the street from the historic Water Tower and
overlooking Lake Michigan, is American Girl Place. There children (and
parents) can shop for the American Girl dolls : Kaya, Josefina,
Kirsten, Addy, Samantha (and her best friend, Nellie), Kit, and Molly.
Also, a wide selection of authentic historical clothes, accessories,
and even furniture. American Girl café has a long waiting list for
birthday celebrations for girls and their dolls, but they report that
the experience is worth the wait.
Chicago Children's Museum
700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Hands-on fun is everywhere at the Chicago Children's Museum. Children
will marvel at the three-story-tall "Climbing Schooner," a replica of
an 1850's sailing ship. They can become inventors in the "Inventing
Lab," dedicated to the science of flight. The "Waterways" attraction
invites them to suit up in rain gear and try to dam a waterfall. And
the many dinosaur lovers will be happy to take the "Dinosaur
Expedition" to Niger in West Africa.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Cost per car to park
The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the few places in the country that
children can observe a handful of rare endangered species, including
the Siberian Tiger and Grevy's Zebra, among the zoo's 1,200-animal
collection. A large part of the zoo's emphasis is education about
preserving these rare and beautiful creatures in the wild, and children
will get that message loud and clear. Classes and tours are available,
and young ones may especially enjoy the Farm-in-the-Zoo, a kid-friendly
"farm" at the zoo's south entrance.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
The Shedd's signature exhibit, the "Oceanarium" replicates the
coastline of the Pacific Northwest, and children can marvel at the
antics of sea otters and the majesty of whales, dolphins and harbor
seals. More than 8,000 aquatic animals make their home at the Shedd,
which offers a variety of educational programs.
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
The "Life Over Time" area of the museum, explores the weather changes
over the course of the earth's history and the development of single-
and multi-celled animals. Many "please touch" displays are available.
600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Home to the Chicago Children's Museum, the Navy Pier offers a long list
of other attractions to interest young people. They will be delighted
by the sheer size of the 3,000-foot pier and the magnitude of its
offerings. A 150-foot Ferris wheel provides thrills and an incredible
view of the downtown skyline. Children can lace up a pair of rented ice
skates at the ice rink. Older children might enjoy a narrated
sightseeing trip on one of the many tour boats. Twice a week in the
summertime, a fireworks display explodes over the pier.
233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago
Nothing will make a child feel taller than standing 1,353 feet above
the ground. That is the height of the Skydeck at the Sears Tower. If
children tire of the view and the historical exhibits, move on to
"Knee-High Chicago," a display that's positioned four feet high, just
for them. Children should be prepared in advance for the 70-second,
103-story elevator ride so that they can enjoy it thoroughly.
Chicago Botanic Gardens
1000 Lake-Cook Road
About 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the 385 acres—including
demonstration, research, and conservation gardens—are worth the trek.
Accessible via Metra.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue
Admission and parking are free
The largest public horticultural collection under glass in the world is
located four blocks from the Kedzie stop on the Lake Street El or Green
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 North Stockton Drive
Located next to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago's largest park, this
horticultural collection expands into four greenhouses and includes a
50-foot fiddle-leaf rubber tree dating from 1891, .
Lincoln Park Zoo
2150 North Cannon Drive
Home to more than 1,000 animals, the zoo includes a children's petting
zoo, an interactive environmental learning center, and a primate house.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield Street
Free admission (Donation accepted)
Visit tropical, fern, and desert greenhouses. Special floral displays
are offered in November, December, February, and March.
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