Secrets to discovering downtown Chicago with kids


I've got going downtown down.

When my girls were younger, we were traveling through Ohio when we stopped at Hardee's for lunch. The man working the counter told me he saved all year so he could take his kids to Chicago each summer.

"We stay in a hotel downtown and go to the museums," he said. "Chicago has the world's best museums. You are so lucky to live there."

I vowed that day I would take my girls to the city at least once a week.

And we did.

I'd pack it up, and after kindergarten pick-up, we'd venture down to the city just about every week. I remember my husband calling me one afternoon while we were at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

"Can we call you right back?" I asked. "We are watching a turtle catch a bug for lunch." We sat at the glass and watched for at least 20 minutes that day.

Yes, l know-dragging the kids downtown can be a drag. They tire easy and you have a million things to do. But, once I made the commitment, I found a way to make it happen. And in doing so I learned a lot of shortcuts along the way.

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