Summer is the perfect time to get out and play tourist in our own city with your family. You may think you’ve seen (and eaten) everything Chicago has to offer, but these tours will make you fall even more in love with the Windy City.
Best for: Fans of all ages are welcome, just keep in mind there’s a lot of walking.
When: Offered daily May-September. Each tour is 90 minutes long.
Cost: Tickets for non-game day and game day tours are $25, non-game day Ivy tours are $35. Kids 2 and under are always free.
Your little sports lovers will have a ball checking out one of America’s oldest and most famous fields. Squeeze in a tour before you watch the Cubs play or go on on a less-crowded non-game day. Gameday tours include an up-close look at the Seating Bowl, Upper Deck, Budweiser Bleachers, Patios and Field, while non-game day gives you a chance to check out the Press Box, Visitors’ Clubhouse, Cubs’ Clubhouse and more. Non-game day Ivy Tours include everything on the non-game day tour, along with a chance to snag a photo in front of Wrigley’s famous ivy wall.
Best for: Since you’re riding as opposed to walking, this tour makes it easier to bring littles, as long as they enjoy a bus ride!
When: Daily between 9 a.m.-4 p.m during the summer. If you ride the whole tour without hopping off, it’s about 2 hours in length.
Cost: Downtown tour: $42 (online) / $44 (in person) adults, $18 (online) / $19 (in person) kids ages 5-15; Lincoln Park Zoo tour: $19 (online) / $18 (in person) adults, $14 (online) / $13 (in person) kids; kids ages 5 and under are free
We all know kids tend to have a short attention span. Give your legs a break and take in a tour of the city with the option to hop on or off at any of 12 different stops throughout the city. Choose between a downtown or Lincoln Park tour. Downtown takes you to stops like the Mag Mile, the Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier, while the Lincoln Park route stops at the zoo, Wrigley Field and the Chicago History Museum.
Best for: Recommended for kids age 4 and up
When: Downtown is available every Thursday-Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Wicker Park every Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: $30 for age 11 and older, kids ages 4-10 are $15.
Who doesn’t love donuts?! Make sure to bring your appetite for this dough-licious walk around Chicago. A head’s up: these tours are popular and tend to sell out quickly, so you’ll want to make your reservation weeks in advance. Choose between a downtown or Wicker Park/Bucktown tour. Each tour takes the group for samples at four coffee/donut shops. While the Loop tour takes you to well-known Chicago staples, the Wicker Park option features more off-the-beaten-path locations. Make sure to have the whole family wear comfortable shoes since the tours are each a couple miles long.
Best for: All ages. If your child is not a very skilled biker, they’re welcome to ride along in a trailer or child seat.
When: 2:30 p.m. daily from May to September.
Cost: Pricing depends on the day of the week. Starts at $36.75 for adults, $14.75 for kids, kids under 4 are free
Bobby’s Bike Hike tours consistently win praise for being family friendly. Get some exercise and explore both well-known locations and hidden gems with your crew. This 2 hour, 4-mile tour is easy enough for littles to tackle. Bring your own bike or rent one of the company’s (children’s bikes, trailers, helmets and child seats are available, too!). Points of interest along the tour include Oak Street Beach, Lakefront Trail, the Kissing Bridge in Lincoln Park and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.
Best for: Families who are looking for a shorter boat tour
When: Weekends and holidays from May 25 to Sept. 29; tours begin at 11:45 a.m. (see website for full schedule)
Cost: $21 adults, $7 kids ages 4-12, kids under 4 are free
A Chicago kid should experience a city boat tour at least once and if you’re looking for one that’s a bit more kid-friendly, Wendella is your answer. Their Chicago River Experience tour runs for 45 minutes and this summer tour features highlights from the company’s full-length architectural tours, so it’s a great quick trip for younger kids. Plus, you know they will need a break after running around Maggie Daley Park this summer.
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