Art Institute of Chicago
Cost: $23, $17 kids 14 and up, students and seniors 65+, free kids 13 and under. Closed major holidays.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday (Family Room open until 5 p.m.); 10:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday;
A great place for families to begin their visit is the Ryan Education Center on the first floor of the Modern Wing. Admission to this part of the museum is always free. The Family Room in the education center includes hands-on activities kids can use to learn about art from building blocks to puzzles of the great masterpieces to the "Curious Corner" computer interactive. Don't miss the gallery space with changing exhibitions of original illustrations from favorite children's books. Art-making takes place in the center at selected times on weekends. Food is available at an on-site cafe, bathrooms have changing tables and free strollers are available for use in the museum. When the weather is nice, follow up your trip to the Art Institute with a visit to Millennium Park and Crown Fountain, just across the street.