The Big Map of Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Suburbs is Bigger and Better!

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While our family is always up for an adventure, often times deciding on things to do with kids can be a bit intimidating. What’s nearby? What if the weather doesn’t cooperate? Towns near us are always filled with must-see stops, but we tend to stick to locations that are only a short drive away. I love looking at the map below to help us add an extra stop to a day of fun, or to pivot if we find that our original plans aren’t working out. The map may even help you find a nearby gem you didn’t know about. We’ve added even more fun destinations and indoor fun this summer, too. Happy exploring!

Places to Go and Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Suburbs

This map features local zoos, farms, nature playgrounds, beaches and outdoor waterparks, indoor waterparks, indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks and inflatables, children’s museums, arcades/game rooms/laser tag spots, rock climbing spots, amusement parks and centers and mini golf courses.

Are there more things to do in Chicagoland than we’ve put on this map? Of course! Our whole site is full of them. But these places are a great starting point if you’re wondering what is there do to around here? while you’re out and about — or looking to discover new fun close to home. We’ve also created maps within some of our favorite articles, such as 10 Best Donut Shops or Splash Pads.

If we missed a spot you think should be on the map, or if there’s a category you think would be helpful, please let us know in the comments. We always love hearing from you all.

Insider Guides: Places to Go in the Suburbs

Below, you’ll find all our insiders guides for things to do with kids. We’ve scouted out all the details, from must-see stops to bathroom locations and parking tips.


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For more things to do with kids, make sure to check out our indoor things to do and outdoor family fun!

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