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Fun kid things to do in Chicago?

Old 11-30-04, 10:15 AM
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Fun kid things to do in Chicago?

Going to be taking the family down there Dec. 10 - 12. Just wondering if there are any cool events, restaurants, etc. that we should hit or miss? Kids are 5 and 6 so are still easily amused.

Trying to make their first trip there a fun and hopefully memorable one. Thanks!
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Old 11-30-04, 10:28 AM
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When I was a kid growing up in the Chicagoland area, my favorite thing to do around Christmas was to go downtown and look at all the window displays and one department store (Marshall Fields I think) used to have huge Lego displays. Does anyone know if they still do that?
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Old 11-30-04, 10:51 AM
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I went a few weeks ago and people on this board were a big help. Here's the thread:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=391304
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Old 11-30-04, 11:03 AM
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Just got back from Chicago. Had a great time.

Here is the thread I started (with several other threads metioned within):

Advice: Things to do in Chicago

Hope that helps!
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Old 11-30-04, 12:35 PM
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Searched for and found those threads earlier. Lots of ideas if it was just me and the wife. Was trying to find things a little more specific for the munchkins.

I heard that Navy Pier was having some sort of festival? Anyone ever been?
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Old 11-30-04, 01:00 PM
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Yeah, I think Navy Pier has some kids things. I'd check out their website to see if they have anything posted.

Also, might want to check out Lincoln Park Zoo Light. They light up a bunch of trees and you can walk through the zoo. (but the animals are sleeeeeepiiing)

The Marshall Field's window displays are always nice, but I wouldn't make a trek ALL the way down State Street to see just that -- but maybe you or your wife might want to go shopping there as well.
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Old 11-30-04, 01:16 PM
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The Marshall Field's window displays are always nice, but I wouldn't make a trek ALL the way down State Street to see just that -- but maybe you or your wife might want to go shopping there as well.
Do they still do the Lego displays?
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is there an Al Capone museum? maybe they can find the real safe and disgrace Geraldo Rivera even more
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I would suggest leaving the kids at home and make the weekend just you and the wifey...

Then you could:
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use the suggestions from the old threads
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Old 11-30-04, 01:45 PM
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Shedd Aquarium is a must...very very cool. Lincoln Park Zoo as well.

for food, 5 and 6 year olds just love the Rainforest Cafe...and despite it being a chain, the food is actually pretty good. It's at Clark and Ohio downtown if I remember correctly....get the rasta pasta!
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Definitely Navy Pier and the stuff around/nearby. There's the Museum, the Aquarium, etc, etc.

Take the kids up on top of Sears Tower and threaten to throw 'em off too. That's always fun.
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I second (or third) The Navy Pier.....
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Old 11-30-04, 02:41 PM
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The breakfast food at Tempo is amazing. Its in the Gold Coast, just off of Milwaukee and Chicago.

If you do check it out, make sure to block off plenty of time, because that place is busy 24 hours a day....
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Old 12-01-04, 09:12 AM
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Thanks for the ideas, the good ones that is

Looks like on Friday it will be window shopping, Zoolights and then dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. Saturday hitting the Navy Pier then dinner at Carmichaels. Sunday home.

Should be a fun weekend. Maybe I'll have some pics when I get back.
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Old 12-01-04, 09:24 AM
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You'll be there the day I am leaving from my 2 day visit. Haven't figured out what we'll be doing yet, other than I need to find a suit, and we'll be going to a Chanticleer concert one of the nights we're there.

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Old 12-01-04, 09:38 AM
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is there an Al Capone museum? maybe they can find the real safe and disgrace Geraldo Rivera even more
No museum, but there is a 'Gangster Tour' that I've heard good things about.
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The Museum of Science and Industry is pretty kid-friendly too. It's not part of the museum complex along the lake though with the Adler, etc.. A few miles further south. Has an IMax theater, and several science exhibits that kids might like. The U-505 submarine tour was open when I went a few years back, but the website indicates it's closed for renevations.

The space exhibit room they have next to the IMax theathre was pretty neat though.

http://www.msichicago.org/
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Old 12-01-04, 12:37 PM
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Navy Pier's been mentioned a few times, but nobody's explicitly mentioned that there's a great Children's Museum at Navy Pier. Lots of interactive displays -- it's really neat. Plus, there's all sorts of other fun stuff to do at Navy Pier.

Here's the Museum website: http://www.chichildrensmuseum.org/

Here's the Navy Pier website: http://www.navypier.com/

Separately, there's a museum campus with an aquarium, a planetarium, and a natural history museum all near one another which is also worth going to if your kids are into that sort of stuff.

The Sears Tower is the tallest building in America, so that can be fun to visit.
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The Sears Tower is the tallest building in America, so that can be fun to visit.
The Sears Tower is the tallest building in the WORLD. Petronas is a joke. It will remain the world's tallest until Taipei 101 opens up next year in Taipei, Taiwan.
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Children's Museum, looks very cool. Gonna be a full day at the Pier.

I'll let you know about that lego display too when I get back Jello
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I'll let you know about that lego display too when I get back Jello
Cool, thanks! I'm headed there on the 16th.
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3-d Polar Express at Navy Pier
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