Weather is definitely a factor if considering this walking tour during the winter months. There’s a reason Chicago is known as the "Windy City."
Recommended time of the year
Consider this itinerary during the warmer months of the year.
About This Day
Taking a family vacation to Chicago? It’s quite possibly the perfect family destination. Follow this Chicago itinerary for a fun-filled day. Begin at the Tribune Tower to view all the rocks in the façade from landmarks around the world. How many have you been to? What’s on your bucket list to still see? Next, head to Millenium Park for some park activities. Then, head to The Art Institute of Chicago to take in the famous pieces on display. Move on to Buckingham Fountain, located in Grant Park, for one of the largest fountains in the world. This day is full of fun things to do in Chicago for families. A stroll along this walking tour offers your nuggets (and you) a chance to take in the Chicago views, appreciate world-class art, play in the park and relax by a world-renowned fountain with a water-and-light show.
For those interested in travel and architecture, a visit to the Tribune Tower is always a good idea. The façade of the Tower is embedded with stones from famous landmarks around the world. A stop here will give you and your family the chance to revisit memories of places previously visited, or a chance to dream about new destinations.
DIRECTIONS The Tribune Tower is located on North Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago, Illinois.
TIP There is a two-story Dylan’s Candy Bar located on the ground floor of the Tribune Tower if you're in need of an incentive.
Millennium Park is a wonderful stop on your Chicago family vacation, especially on a warm spring or summer day. You’ll find many activities of interest to the entire family here. There are concerts, gardens, art and architecture, water splash fountains for the kids to play in, tours and more.
DIRECTIONS From the Tribune Tower walk along Michigan Avenue until you reach the park.
The Art Institute of Chicago is filled with many iconic works of art: "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper, "American Gothic" by Grant Wood, "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat and many more. Kids will be excited to recognize works of art they've studied in art class. Consider visiting the Thorne Miniature Rooms. There are 68 miniature rooms, each one set inside a small glass window. They are all constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot with every single detail created perfectly. Like tiny little doll houses but without the dolls.
DIRECTIONS The museum offers two entrances, one to the historic building at 111 South Michigan Avenue and one to the Modern Wing at 159 East Monroe Street.
TIP Kids under 14 are free everyday. Chicago residents are free on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.