Chicago Children's Museum

Fee: $12

Sun. 10 AM–5 PM
Mon. 10 AM–5 PM
Tue. 10 AM–5 PM
Wed. 10 AM–5 PM
Thu. 10 AM–8 PM
No-Fee Hours: 10 AM–8 PM
Fri. 10 AM–5 PM
Sat. 10 AM–5 PM
Monthly Free Days
  • 1st Sundays 10 AM–5 PM
700 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, Chicago 60611
(312) 527-1000

Check the Chicago Children's Museum website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


The Chicago Children's Museum (website) is a Children's Attraction in Chicago.
Official description from Chicago Children's Museum:
Chicago Children’s Museum is a place where families and caregivers with infants and children are encouraged to create, explore, and discover together through play. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts, and health. Some of CCM's most popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Expedition, where kids can dig for dinosaur bones in an authentic excavation pit; WaterWays, an interactive system of pulleys, pumps, and pipes showcasing the wonders of water; Kids Town, an early-learning exhibit featuring a real CTA bus, mini-grocery store and kid-sized cityscape; daily free family art workshops in the Kraft Artabounds Studio; Pritzker Playspace, an area designed specifically for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents; Play It Safe, a realistic firehouse and fire truck that invites families to learn about fire safety through play; and Skyline, a National Science Foundation-funded exhibit that explores the science, engineering, art, and technology that keep Chicago's tallest buildings standing.
Wikipedia excerpt:
The Chicago Children's Museum is located at NavyPier in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1982 by The Junior League of Chicago who were responding to programming cutbacks in the Chicago Public Schools. Originally housed in two hallways of the Chicago Public Library, it soon began to offer trunk shows and traveling exhibits in response to capacity crowds on-site. The museum moved a number of times over its initial years of existence while it continued to search for a permanent home. In 1995, the Museum thought it found that home when it re-opened as an anchor tenant at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. The new facility offered 57,000 square feet (5,300 m2) of exhibition space and included three floors of educational exhibits, public programs and special events. Upon the move to the Pier, the expansion made it the fourth largest children's museum in the United States. The museum serves 500,000 people at its Navy Pier location each year. While the Museum has an admission charge, it currently provides free admission to children 15 and under all day on the First Sunday of each month.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Chicago Children's Museum homepage or our exhibitions list for Chicago-wide exhibits.

Official Chicago Children's Museum Links
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