Updated! The Big Map of Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Suburbs + Insider Guides

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Sometimes I find myself out and about with my kids, needing something to do and searching on my phone for a family-friendly activity nearby. But it’s hard to know what to search for sometimes! That’s why a great map comes in so handy. We’ve filled this one with a selection of fun places to go and things to do with kids in Chicagoland! Below the map, you’ll find even more goodies: our insider guides to local attractions in the area. We hope it’s helpful, whether you’re planning a fun day out with the family or trying to find a nearby activity while you’re in a new town for an appointment.

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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