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Chicago, a Children's Playground - 4 Chicago Attractions the Kids Will Love
By Jonathan Buschlen

Keeping the kids amused on a vacation is a pressing concern for any parent, grandparent, or caregiver. The key is to plan ahead and research the kid-specific activities a city has to offer. Chicago is a wonderful city to visit, especially if you have children. Chicago is home to some of America's finest museums, theater experiences, and has a long standing history with the Ferris wheel.

There are numerous Chicago attractions that will keep the kids, and Mom and Dad too, entertained for hours. The pick of the bunch of these Chicago attractions to make sure you visit the next time you're in the Windy City include the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science & Industry, and Navy Pier.

#1: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum has been entertaining children and adults alike for over 75 years. The Adler gives kids a chance to put the universe into perspective and have a load of fun doing it. As well as housing one of the world's largest antique instrument collections, the Adler features two Planetarium theaters, and the Doane observatory. Additionally, the Galileo Café has been voted one of the Chicago attractions with the best view of the City and Lake Michigan.

In the Sky Theater and the Definiti Theaters, a mix of cartoon, entertainment, and educations short movies are shown. What sets these two theaters apart from the regular cinema is that the movie is projected onto the dome of the planetarium for 360 degree viewing.

#2: The Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium is home to one of the largest aquatic collections in America with over 30,000 creatures. The Aquarium, with its Oceanarium and Wild Reef, has developed time-saving tours for kids, big or small. Take the Ten Fun Finds for Tots, or Ten Fun Finds - Shedd's Best Dressed, or Ten Fun Finds - Names to Make You Hungry.

The Aquarium also has a 4-D Special FX Theater, which entertains kids with explorations of the world's coral reefs or SpongeBob SquarePants in 4-D.

#3: The Museum Of Science & Industry

This 75 year old Grandfather of Chicago attractions holds over 14 acres of adventure and learning. The Museum has a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, including the only German submarine in America. The Museum also holds live science demonstrations where kids can get hands-on experience in chemistry and biology.

#4: Navy Pier

Navy Pier is one of the Chicago attractions steeped in history. In 1893, the first Ferris wheel was built in Chicago as a rival to the Eiffel Tower. Later destroyed in 1906, Navy Pier carries on the Ferris wheel tradition in Chicago. The Navy Pier Ferris wheel is 150 foot high and is well worth a ride. Also at Navy Pier's 50 acres of parkland are the Chicago Children's Museum, free musical and theater performances, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. During the summer, a free fireworks display illuminates the night sky every Wednesday and Saturday.

Jon Buschlen is an author for Trusted Tours & Attractions, an online resource for discount tickets to the country's best sightseeing tours, attractions and museums. Their website features tickets from the New York hot spots to Chicago Attractions and everything in between.

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