Secrets to discovering downtown Chicago with kids


Getting around the city

  • Kids under 11 ride Metra free on weekends and some holidays with a paying adult. Adults can buy an all-weekend ride pass for $7. Take advantage. And let the kids sit up top-they'll get such a kick out of it.
  • If you do drive, look for a parking meter. I often find I save by taking it to the streets.
  • Chicago has an underground pedway system in the heart of downtown that covers about 5 miles. Take a look at the online map before you venture into the city so you'll know where to duck in case of rain. Or duck anyway just to add to the fun.
  • If you are looking for a short boat ride, the water taxi from the Shedd to Navy Pier may be all the boat ride your little ones need. Park and boat. It really makes the day more fun.


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