The 7 best children's museums in Chicago


Kohl Children's Museum

Parents will love: As soon as your little one is toddling, this museum is designed to engage and entice with 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits. Plus the attached Cosi café provides a wonderful food option.

Kids will love: The Dominick's supermarket is just one of the many experiences where kids can participate in familiar real-life activities. From shopping the aisles to working the register, kids run the show.

What's new: The Eggs to Chicks exhibit opens March 19, where kids can see baby chicks emerging. From the end of May through Labor Day, exhibits on the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and the science of rotation will be on display.

Don't miss: A two-acre outdoor Habitat Park for kids to explore and connect with nature. From the prairie grass maze to the climbing structures, it's a great extension of the museum.

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