Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-STAR

Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon or evening? Children (of all ages) will love the Adler Planetarium!

Opened in 1930 as the first Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler fuels the imagination of its visitors with all new exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology in the world’s first StarRider Theater, all the while showcasing Adler’s renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts.

You’ll love it, the kids will love it – you can’t lose at the Adler. And the Museum Campus is beautiful! If you have time, you can always stop by the Field Museum or the Shedd Aquarium!

On Lake Shore Drive at Chicago’s Museum Campus. 9am-5pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-6pm. Admission: $5 adults, $4 children 4-17 and seniors; all shows are $5.00 per person per show.

American Girl Place
111 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL

A 35,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex, American Girl Place is designed for girls (seven and up) and their families.

Shopping-wise, the three-story building offers a bookstore, clothing, and toy boutiques. Patrons can also watch a one-hour musical revue in the theater (877-247-5223) and have lunch, tea or dinner in the Cafe. The American Girl dolls and a full range of accessories are available for purchase. Kids can also visit the photo studio and get their picture on the cover of a souvenir issue of American Girl magazine.

If your daughter, niece, or grand-daughter has heard of the American Girl Place, then chances are you have to. Spend a day with them there and you’ll be in her good graces for years to come!”

Antique Coach & Carriage Co.
1523 N. Kingsbury
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 787-1349

Want to try something new? Pack up the family and spend an afternoon or evening clip-clopping through the beautiful Michigan Mile and Lincoln Park neighborhoods!

The Antique Coach & Carriage provides carriage rides year round through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile & beautiful Lincoln Park lakefront. They also provide carriages for weddings, proms, engagements, parades, funerals, and any other family or corporate event. Also, the Antique Coach & Carriage Co. can provide speciality vehicles for movies and television shoots.

Specialization: Breeding; Sales; Driving; Rental/Livery horses

Facilities: Barn; Turnout Paddocks; Pasture; Viewing Area; Outdoor Wash Rack; Trails (miles: 15)

Horse Breed Specialization: Belgian; Paint; Percheron; Pinto; Spotted Draft Horses

Apple Picking: Illinois Wauconda, Mundelein IL

What better way to spend a crisp Autumn afternoon than out picking apples?! Get your kids (and the rest of the family) out into the country air for a great outdoor afternoon! They’ll love it, and so will you. Don’t knock it ’til you try it – it’ll automatically turn into an Autumn family tradition!

Libertyville: 847/362-0074

Mundelein: 847/566-4520, mid-Aug through mid-Oct, call for info by apple type

Wauconda: 800-36-APPLE, 847/526-8553, 1201 Gossell Rd, Wauconda. Take I-294 or Rt. 12, apples 9/11-10/31

Apple Picking: IN & MI Indiana & Michigan

If you’ve got an empty day and you’d like to go on a new adventure, then this is for you. What better way than to spend a crisp Autumn afternoon than picking apples?

Grab the kids and put a little Norman Rockwell into your family! Don’t knock it ’til you try it – you and and the rest of your clan will love it. A tradition will be born after your first outing!

Pack the family in the car and head out to these beautiful orchards. Even the drive will be beautiful; there’s nothing like the Midwest in the fall. Your kids will have a great time running around outside, and you’ll be spending a wonderful day away from the wear-and-tear of the Big City. Enjoy!

William’s Orchard, 219/778-2839, 500 East County Road, IN (near Rolling Prarie)

Buchannon: 800/422-1700, Philipeene

Columa: 616/468-3073, Jollay

Eauclaire: 616/461-4187, Treemendous

Baroda: 616/422-2426, Jonathon’s Apple World”

Cernan Earth and Space Center
2000 N. 5th Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171-1907
(708) 583-3100

Grab your kids and blast off for an afternoon of cosmic education and fun! The Cernan Earth and Space Center is universally loved (no pun intended) by everyone from the little ones to great-grandparents. Have fun!

On the campus of Triton College, the Cernan Earth and Space Center consists of the Space Hall, exhibits on space exploration, artifacts from the Apollo era, and the Dome Theater, a 100-seat venue with a planetarium space projector.

The Dome Theater offers three different types of shows. The general Earth and Sky Shows are educational and entertaining examinations of astronomical and scientific topics, including imaginary voyages through the solar system, multimedia programs on dinosaurs and simulated aurora borealis demonstrations. Children’s Shows are designed for kids ages 3 to 8 and take a more lighthearted and simple approach. Laser Light Shows have been a staple of the Cernan Center since the late 1970s, choreographing multicolored laser lights and other lighting effects to a soundtrack of rock music by such artists as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. Not just for dazed and confused post-teens, these shows are fun diversions for all kinds of music fans.

River Grove is only just outside Chicago on the northwest border of the City line, so getting there is a snap. Take a short drive to this fun and interesting center!”

Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414

One of the Most Popular Museums in the World, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry opened in 1933. It is the oldest science museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere attracts approximately 2 million visitors per year. This museum houses more educational exhibits than you can shake a stick at, and besides being a wealth of knowledge, it is an interesting, exciting, and extremely fun way to spend the day – whether you’re four, forty, or ninety-four years old! If you’re looking for a sure-fire hit for the kids, this is it!

In 2000, nearly 400,000 children in school groups and youth organizations visited the Museum the Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the City of Chicago, and among seven of the most visited museums in the United States.

The one millionth visitor entered the the Museum in 1935, and nearly 160 million visitors have experienced the Museum since its opening in 1933.

The Museum has over 30,000 member households representing nearly 51,000 individuals the Museum has over 300 volunteers.

Museum Facts –

First Museum in North America to develop the idea of hands-on, interactive exhibits.

The largest science museum in a single building in the Western Hemisphere with over 800 exhibits and over 2,000 interactive units located in over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space built in 1893, the Museum building has played a role in two World’s Fairs: The World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and The Century of Progress Exposition in 1933.

Museum Exhibit Highlights –

a WWII captured German submarine on the National Register of Historic Places

A working coal-mine shaft elevator from 1933.

A cantilevered Boeing 727 that visitors can walk through.

A 3,000-square-foot model railroad.

One of the largest in the world exhibits on the brain and computer imaging that have garnered awards from the American Association of Museums.

Whispering gallery – acoustically perfect room.

Baby-chick hatchery – fascinating live display of newborn chicks.

Human heart model – nearly 20-foot-tall walk-through model.

Come down to this world-famous Chicago hotspot and have a great time!

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr. @ Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100

Do you worry that your city-based family isn’t getting the outdoorsy knowledge and experiences that it should? Can your kids name the four stages of a butterfly’s life? Or do they understand cell structure, or natural erosion? Do you??

When you and your family visit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem you’ll discover an abundance of hands-on exhibits built to teach and build interest in nature, as well as provide a lot of fun for everyone. But fear not, this isn’t just a day-care center. This Museum has it all – there’s something for everyone.

The state-of-the-art, environmental museum is located on the banks of North Pond in Lincoln Park. The Museum explores the biodiversity of the Midwest through six permanent, interactive exhibitions including Butterfly Haven, City Science, Wilderness Walk, and special traveling exhibitions. Great for everyone, from kids to grandparents! Nature is for everybody.

The museum’s exhibits, programs and activities encourage visitors to take a closer look at their environment and help them connect with science and the natural world.

Admission: Adult $6, Seniors & Students $4, Children $3. Tuesdays are free!

Six Flags Great America
I-94 at 132 East (Grand Ave.)
Gurnee, IL
(847) 249-1776

Visit the most-popular family entertainment center in the Midwest!

Six Flags is divided into seven historical themed areas. The park features over 130 rides, shows, attractions, gift shops and restaurants. There are also plenty of live stage shows and even a special children’s area! If you’re looking for a FANTASTIC hit for the whole family, this is it! Your kids will be thanking you for months to come. Call for hours and rates, and have a great time!

USA Rainbow
4836 N. Clark Street
Chicago IL
(773) 271-5668

Grab your kids and visit Chicago’s largest entertainment center – its 35,000 square feet of pure fun!

USA Rainbow provides you and your family with rollerblading, rollerskating, dancing, and music. Do you remember the terms “Boys Only,” “Couples Skate,” and “Backwards If You Can?” At USA Rainbow they’re still alive and kickin’!

Call for their schedule and have a great time!