Brookfield Zoo
Family Friendly Attraction

Brookfield Zoo

Address: 8400 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60546 - MAP
Phone: (708) 688-8000
Web: www.czs.org

Monkey around at the Brookfield Zoo! Walk through exhibits like The Australia House, The Seven Seas, and Feathers & Scales that house over 450 species of animals that roam both land and sea.

Chicago's Beaches

Chicago's Beaches

Web: www.cpdbeaches.com

Chicago's Beaches offer 6 miles of public beaches with the perfect settings for playing, relaxing and soaking it all in. 28 miles of Chicago Lake Michigan shoreline are full of history and overflowing with skyline views.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Address: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022 - MAP
Phone: (847) 835-5440
Web: www.chicagobotanic.org

Stroll through all 385 acres and 24 gardens of the Chicago Botanic Garden. You'll stroll through the Landscape Gardens, Fruit and Vegetable Garden, Heritage Garden, Waterfall Garden, Japanese Garden and the English Walled Garden. These specialty displays are just a few of the sights throughout the outdoor botanical oasis.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory

Address: 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624 - MAP
Phone: (312) 746-5100
Web: www.garfieldconservatory.org

Enjoy the Garfield Park Conservatory Outdoor Gardens year round in spring, autumn, or winter. Learn environmental responsibility and conservationism with one of their events, programs, tours or plant care advice.

Lambs Farm
Family Friendly Attraction

Lambs Farm

Address: 14245 W Rockland Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048 - MAP
Phone: (847) 362-4636
Web: www.lambsfarm.org

Get some insight on how a farmer runs the show at Lambs Farm. The farm is a working facility that explains to guests just exactly how things operate on a farm. Take some time away from farm duties to play outdoors, enjoying mini-golf, riding the mini-train or carousel, and petting some furry friends at the petting zoo.

Lincoln Park Zoo
Family Friendly Attraction

Lincoln Park Zoo

Address: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 - MAP
Phone: (312) 742-2000
Web: www.lpzoo.org

Lions and tigers and bears - find them at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo is one of the nation's only free zoos and it houses about 1,200 animals. The zoo is one of the oldest in the U.S. and has been entertaining families since 1868.

The Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the United States. The zoo spans across 35-acres of Chicago's Lincoln Park. A unique feature of the Lincoln Park Zoo that really shows its age is a burr oak tree that dates back to 1830, three years before the city was founded.

The zoo houses nearly 1,250 animals, including big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys and many others featured in these exhibits:

  • Antelope & Zebra Area
  • Blum-Kovler Penguin & Seabird House
  • Helen V. Brach Primate House
  • Farm-in-the-Zoo, presented by John Deere
  • Kovler Lion House
  • Kovler Sea Lion Pool
  • McCormick Bird House
  • Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond
  • Robert R. McCormick Bear Habitat
  • Nature Boardwalk
  • Pritzker Family Children's Zoo
  • Regenstein African Journey
  • Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit
  • Regenstein Center for African Apes
  • Regenstein Small Mammal & Reptile House

The Children's Zoo and the Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibits offer hands on experiences for younger visitors. There's also an indoor play structure for kids to enjoy, and the Farm exhibit allows guests to pet animals like goats and feed the cows.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Address: 350 E Monroe St, Chicago IL 60603 - MAP
Phone: (312) 742-7529
Web: www.cityofchicago.org

Enjoy a walk through Millennium Park and see the combination of architecture, sculpture and landscape design located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum

Address: 4100 IL Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532 - MAP
Phone: (630) 968-0074
Web: www.mortonarb.org

Visit the classroom with no walls, the Morton Arboretum, and enjoy the exhibits, activities, events, programs to learn about their collection of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world.

Night Out in the Parks

Night Out in the Parks

Phone: (312) 742-7529 (PLAY)
Web: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Night Out in the Parks provides family-fun throughout the summer. With 1000+ free events like Movies in the Parks, live concerts, festivals, theatrical shows, and more throughout Chicago’s neighborhood parks.

Shedd Aquarium
Family Friendly Attraction

Shedd Aquarium

Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605 - MAP
Phone: (312) 939-2438
Web: www.sheddaquarium.org

Take a dive into the underwater world at the Shedd Aquarium. There are over 1,500 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes and other animals housed at the aquarium. Don't worry about bringing a towel, you won't get wet during this dive.

The John G. Shedd Aquarium debuted in Chicago in 1930. At the time of its opening, the aquarium was the largest in the world and was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. The Shedd Aquarium was the most visited aquarium in the nation in 2005 and 2007, and is an essential part of Museum Campus along with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.

The aquarium welcomes over 2 million guests annually to view their extensive collection of over 1,500 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects. In all, the Shedd Aquarium houses about 25,000 fish. The five permanent exhibits at the Shedd are Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, the Oceanarium, and Wild Reef. The aquarium garnered the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' award for best exhibit in 1999 for Seahorse Symphony, in 2001 for Amazon Rising and in 2004 for Wild Reef.

Some of the animals and sea life that can be seen at the Shedd Aquarium are Alaska sea otters, beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, green sea turtles, Australian lungfish, Grand Caymon blue iguanas, sea lions, penguins, blacktip reef sharks, cownose rays, dragon moray eel, giant Pacific octopus, moon jellies, red-bellied piranhas, sea cucumbers, zebra sharks and sea stars.

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