Catherine Brady lives in Chicago and travels with her son and Irish husband as much as she can. She is one of us, after all: an avid traveler in her youth, eager to keep on exploring even after she became a mom!
Here’s what she has to say for her own city, as she navigates it with her young toddler:


Visiting Chicago with toddlers is not only manageable, but there is so much for toddlers to do!
First, there are a TON of free activities.

The five big museums do cost money (Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Art Institute); however, admission is free for kids under 3!  On that note, check out the museum’s free days and if the free day falls on a weekend or a day-off school, avoid like the plague!tra

Downtown Chicago
Downtown Chicago is set up such that the majority of land between Michigan Ave. and Lake Michigan is parks, designated for public use, and most of it is free!  Another tip is that you’ll want to bring a stroller. Because so much of downtown is parks, you’ll do a lot of walking.
Check out, Maggie Daley Park and Millennium Park.  Maggie Daley Park has great playgrounds for toddlers and Millennium Park has a huge water feature.  So bring your kiddo’s swimsuit!

Navy Pier
Also, check out Navy Pier.  There you’ll find a good blend of adult-centered and toddler activities, including the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Music Festivals
Lastly, check out the street and music festivals.  Music festivals are particularly good for toddlers because you can grab a seat on the lawn, let them run around (with supervision of course), and still enjoy the atmosphere.


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