Hey Chicago moms! Is our week in Chicago too touristy for you? Let us hear from you and we’ll feature your ideas next!
Jeff Pfaller is the rookie dad and blogger behind 365parents.com. He published all 365 posts into this this eBook, 365 First Time Parenting Tips: Infant Edition, for other first-time parents.
Jeff is also a recent transplant to Chicago, one of my favorite (pre-kids) cities of all time. He was kind enough to share his version of “A Week of Windy City Fun” with us — Enjoy!
Looking for stuff to do in the city by the lake, Chicago? There’s something for everybody, no matter who you are or what you like.
Animal Lover Monday
Head up to the North Side (be sure to deck the little guys out in Cubbies> gear) for some wild fun at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The best part? You get to see tons of animals. The second best part? It’s all free!
Beach Bum Tuesday
It got Chicago the World’s Fair way back in 1893. It got us a bid for the Olympics in 2018. The best part about this town is Lake Michigan in the summer. You can walk along the beach and through parks from Bryn Mawr and Sheridan all the way to Navy Pier. Grab a stroller, some sunblock and your best people watching specs.
Shop ’till You Drop Wednesday
Now that you’ve got a healthy tan, it’s time to head indoors for some shopping. Take a stroll up Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. It’s home to the best browsing in the Midwest and your baby will love all the colors, sounds and people of the big city. Plus, it’s not like you need another excuse to go shopping, right? Be sure to stop in Water Tower place for some Wow Bao. It’s like nothing you’ve ever eaten before.
Sail Away Thursday
Need a place that’s perfect, rain or shine? Make a stop at Navy Pier for lots of indoor/outdoor fun. Watch your baby’s smile grow as you ride higher and higher on the Ferris Wheel. Or head inside and stimulate their brain in the Chicago Children’s museum, filled with fun educational activities for everybody. Pick up some grub from any of the Dock Street Vendors. There’s enough variety there for even the pickiest of eaters.
No visit to Chicago would be complete without catching a game, some hot dogs and night-time fireworks on the North Side or the South Side. That’s right, take your little one to their first major league ball game. The choice between the Cubs and the Sox isn’t one to be taken lightly, you could be waiting your whole life for a World Series.
Date Night Saturday
There’s something in this city for everybody. That includes some time alone for mom and dad. Head over to the Edgewater Lounge on 5600 N Ashland Ave. It’s got the finest micro-brews and fried plantains you could ever ask for. Or if you’re in the mood for finer fare, head downtown for dinner and a show, starting at Wildfire Restaurant and ending up stage left at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Fish Face Sunday
Time to wind down the week inside at Shedd Aquarium. Little ones will love the giant fish tank with every kind of fish imaginable, and the older kids will get a kick out of the dolphin show overlooking Lake Michigan. It’s one of the best views in the city.
Thanks to Jeff for the great suggestions.