The 2024 Map of Things to Do With Kids Near Chicago is HERE! Find Family Fun Near You

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If you’re looking for fun things do with kids in Chicagoland, you’ve come to the right place. We’re putting all our local lists onto one big map! This is a great article to bookmark for a day when you’re out and about, looking for new things to explore on a day trip, or searching for new favorites near home.

Below the map, you’ll find handy links to the included categories. These pages have more information on each location. Happy exploring!

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Museums and Zoos

Hands-on learning and fun is the name of the game at these local museums, including incredible children’s museums. Find more info on museums and zoos here:

Outdoor Art and History

Enjoy art and nature in the outdoors at these local favorites:

Water and Swimming

Cool off in the water with these spots:

Check out our year-round swimming guide to see the latest updates for where to swim during the current time of year.


You can’t beat the playground for a day of outdoor play! These articles will help you find a fun spot nearby, or an extra-cool destination playground that’s worth the drive:

Games and Entertainment

Looking for a little friendly competition? These spots are great for a family day out, or for older kids to take on with their friends:

Our games and entertainment guide has even more local venues for kids who love to get their game on.

Active Adventures

Kids who love to climb, leap, and stay active will be thrilled at these locales:

Check out our guide to active adventures in Chicagoland for more ideas for kids who can’t get enough chances to explore.

Amusement Parks and Centers

Check out our round-up of outdoor amusement parks for more on each of these destinations for a day of thrills.

Indoor Play

Whether you want to beat the heat or get out of the rain, these indoor play spots have you covered:


Looking to spend a day exploring flora and fauna together? These spots will help you get in touch with nature:

Find the lists of options and all of the details for each of these in our guide to nature places.

Want even more ideas for things to do together with kids in Chicagoland? These aren’t on the map, but you’ll find plenty of places to go in these articles:

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