Secrets to discovering downtown Chicago with kids


Seeing the sights

  • You can get to the front of the line (and save on admission price) at many Chicago sights with a CityPASS.
  • You'll find my favorite view of downtown on the 96th floor of the John Hancock-in the ladies room (sorry fellas). The 96th floor is a fun place to stop for lemonades and a munchie. If you order right, you won't spend a fortune and you'll essentially get the same view as the expensive restaurant one floor down.
  • It doesn't seem like it would be, but Buckingham Fountain up-close and personal is an exciting adventure. You are not a Chicagoan till you feel its mist on your face. And it's a fantastic photo op.
  • You'll find amazing free concerts at Millennium Park all summer long. Pack a blanket and dinner. But don't bring your pet. No dogs are allowed at Millennium Park.
  • If you go to the Rock N Roll McDonalds (600 N. Clark St.), your kids will love the escalator.
  • ABC7 broadcasts live from its State Street Studio throughout the day. If you are nearby, wander by to see a live newscast in action. Your kids will get a kick out of trying to get on TV.

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