What to Do in Chicago with Kids

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This post contains details about the most popular things to do with your family in Chicago, including free things to do, nighttime activities and popular attractions, updated for 2019.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN CHICAGO

The following section will cover the best ideas for things to do with your kids in Chicago, covering whether an activity is free or available at night.

For more ideas on top popular attractions, check out our comparison post on tourist discount passes, which could help you save money on admission and which also offer family-friendly itineraries.

 

 

You might also want to take a look at our name your own price walking tours and find out more about the various bus tours and boat tours available in Chicago.

You’ll also find several family-friendly activities on our list of the top things to do in Chicago

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What is the Weather like in Chicago in April

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This post is an overview of the April weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do. Be sure to look into weather in March and June as well.


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Weather in April is generally pleasant, after the months of winter that Chicago has experienced.  You will want to be prepared for the weather so that you can properly pack, and so that nothing can hold you back during your stay in the city. The temperatures reach between 55 °F and 63°F (13-17°C), with an average high of 59 °F (15 °C). 

On the other end, the average low this month is 39 °F (4°C).  the temperatures really warm up this month, and by the end of April the temperature has risen 12°F (7°C) from where it started. 

Most days, temps will peak over 40 °F (4 °C), with about half the days this month even reaching up to the 60s °F (over 15 °C).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

Chicago sees some spring showers this month, receiving about 3.4 inches (86 mm) of total precipitation over an average of 12 days.

The sun shines 50% of the day, with an average of 6 clear days.  The humidity this month peaks at 77%, with an average of 65% humidity. April is historically the windiest month of the year, with an average wind speed of 11.9 mph (19.2 kph). 


HOW MUCH DOES IT SNOW IN CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Though it has snowed in April in the past, it is rare!


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WHAT TO WEAR IN APRIL?

April is historically windy and rainy so a good weatherproof jacket is a must, as is an umbrella. You’ll still want warm clothes especially if you’ll be joining us on evening walking tours.


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WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Below are the top things to do in  April in Chicago. But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in April, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in Chicago.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Chicago’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

 

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  1. Greek Parade
  2. Mexican Children’s Day Festival
  3. Check out a Baseball Game
  4. Celebrate Easter
  5. Lake FX Festival
  6. Go for a bike ride along the shore
  7. blueSHOUT
  8. Comic and Entertainment Expo
  9. Take a Walking Tour
  10. International Pop Overthrow

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in  April in our main post.


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Things To Do Chicago at Night

Top Things To Do In Chicago At Night

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This post lists the things to do in Chicago, updated for 2019 and includes a top 10 list, free activities, family-friendly options as well as activities that are included in most tourist passes.  You’re in Chicago, why not enjoy the nightlife? Check out our Chicago Visitors Guide, with budget advice, travel guides, and information about local Chicago attractions.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AND EVENTS AT NIGHT IN CHICAGO

Below is our top 10 recommendations for things to do at night in Chicago. Some of the items here would also fit in the other sections, such as free and family-friendly options. 

Within each listing, we provide links for more in-depth exploration of each selection. 

For tips on the most popular activities in Chicago, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

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Free Things To Do in Chicago

Free Things To Do in Chicago

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There are a lot of great things to see and do in Chicago that won’t cost you a dime. This post will cover some of the most interesting and fun activities you can enjoy for free. There will also be sections dedicated to both family-friendly and nighttime attractions.


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO FOR FREE

This section will include our top ten free things to do in Chicago. Whenever possible, we will mention if any of these activities are either family-friendly or fun after the sun goes down.

If you’re interested in learning more about the city, consider taking one of our free Chicago walking tours.

You may also want to consider getting a Chicago tourist pass to save money on some of the most popular attractions in the city. Read more »

Things To Do and Events for March in Chicago

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March is a wonderful time to explore Chicago.  The winter chill is starting to thaw, locals continue to emerge from hibernation, and the city has many great traditions and festivals. 

Below you will find the Top 10 things to Do in Chicago this March, as well as a list of family-friendly activities, night time activities, and free options so you can enjoy your trip without breaking the bank!

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Chicago Weather in September

What is the Weather in Chicago in September

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This post is an overview of the September weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do.


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN SEPTEMBER?

This month turns out to be a very pleasant month as far as temperatures, with less rainy days than in August.

The long summer days are behind us now. Often the thermometer will reach over 60 °F (16 °C) in Chicago, with an average high of 75 °F (24 °C) and low of 54 °F (12 °C).

  Average Temperatures in Chicago in September

 


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

In September, the city experiences less wind and less rain! There is a steep decline in stormy weather after the summer thunderstorms of August, and rainfall only adds up to 3.2 inches (82 mm) of rain over the course of about 8 rainy days.

The sun shines for an average of 12 hours and 27 minutes a day, with about 9 clear days throughout the month. The average humidity during August is 71%, with the mornings reaching up to 85% humidity, and letting up throughout the day to around 55%

How much Sun in Chicago in September

 


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WHAT TO WEAR IN SEPTEMBER?

Chicago in September can be a little unpredictable, and you will want to reflect that in your wardrobe.

Be sure to still pack comfortable, light-weight clothing for the warmer days and hours of this month, especially in the early days of September. The temperatures begin to cool during the evening hours, as well as later in the month, so you will want to be prepared with layers.

Sunblock and comfortable walking shoes are still essential this month, as there are many great outdoor activities and beautiful parts of the city to explore with our walking tours. Throw a water bottle in as well, so you can stay hydrated during your Chicago adventure

What to wear in September in Chicago

 


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WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN SEPTEMBER?

Below are the top things to do in September in Chicago. But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in September which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in Chicago.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Chicago’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

 

City Passes Chicago

 
Be sure to check out all the top things to do in  September in our main post.


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What is the weather in February in Chicago

What to Do in Chicago in February (2019)

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February in Chicago might be short, but here it is sweet. Below you will find the Top Ten Things to Do in Chicago in February, as well as a list of family-friendly activities, night time activities, and free options so you can enjoy more of Chicago while spending less of your money.


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO FEBRUARY IN CHICAGO

This section covers our top ten list for February. When possible, we’ve noted activities that are free or kid-friendly. For more ideas on popular things to do in Chicago, check out our posts on bus tours and walking tours of the city.

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

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What is Weather in Chicago in November

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This post is an overview of the November weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do.


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN NOVEMBER?

Chicago continues to cool during this month, and by the end of November, the temperature has often dropped 15 °F (9 °C) from where it started.

The temperatures reach between 44 °F and 53 °F (7-11 °C), with an average high of 48 °F (9 °C).

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Free Chicago Museum Days in 2019

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  • Free First Sunday – on the first Sunday of every month children under the age of 15 are admitted to the museum for free.
  • Museums for All – admissions for up to six people with the presentation of an EBT card (Link) or WIC card for $3.
  • Veterans and military families receive free admission to the museum every day.
  • As members of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) reciprocal network, Chicago Children’s Museum offers 50% discount of admissions for up to 6 members of partner museums.

This post lists the days that Chicago museums offer free or pay-what-you-wish admission.

Below is a list of the free museum days in Chicago. Keep in mind, that some of these free days require specific identification or could be cancelled. Always check in with the museum to ensure you have the most updated information about admission cost and parking prices.


Bank of America’s Museums on Us Program 

Many of the museums below take part in the Bank of America Museums on Us Program. Visitors who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive free admission on the first full weekend of each month.

Admission benefits are not transferable and are valid for the cardholder only.


Most Popular Museums and Museum Campus

This list offers free admission dates with certain restrictions to some of the top museums in Chicago.

Remember that many of these attractions are always free with a tourist discount pass. Find out more if this is a good option for you.

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What is the weather in Chicago in January

Things to Do in January in Chicago (2019)

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This post lists top things to do in January in Chicago as well as things to do at night, free activities and family friendly events.

Start the New Year right with a trip to the Windy City. January in Chicago is full of events, most of which will keep you indoors.  If you are willing to brave the cold, January is a great month to see Chicago. 


TOP THINGS TO DO JANUARY

This section covers our top ten list for January. When possible, we’ve noted activities that are free or kid-friendly. For more ideas on popular things to do in Chicago, check out our posts on bus tours and walking tours of the city.

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

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