Taking the family to Chicago? Check out these kid-friendly sites

CHICAGO - If you and the family have visited Chicago, you've probably taken the kids to see the Willis Tower, Field Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Park Zoo and Navy Pier — so now what?

The Windy City has plenty of kid-friendly attractions to keep even the pickiest of children — and adults — pleased during your vacation. Here are several of those sites you may have missed:

Crown Fountain (pictured above)

This is the perfect way for kids to cool off after visiting Millennium Park. The two 50-foot towers have video boards that feature the faces of Chicago citizens spitting water into the shallow pools below. The place is popular with children, and adults that don't want to get too wet can take a load off and dip their feet in — just maybe remember to bring a towel!

Oak Street Beach

Seriously, who doesn't love an afternoon at the beach? Take the subway to this sandy Lake Michigan shore, where kids can splash in the water and build sand castles while parents can kick back and enjoy the gorgeous view of Chicago's skyline.

The Money Museum - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


Teach your children the value of a dollar with a visit to this unique museum, attached to the Federal Reserve Bank. They've got loads of interactive exhibits that will keep kids engaged while they learn all about the business of bills and banking, and you can see a million dollars in person. Kids leave with a sack of $1 bills totalling $300 — the only catch? They've been shredded. Plus, adults can appreciate the irony that the Money Museum is free to visit.

U.B. Dogs


This Windy City joint can satisfy the appetites of anyone! Kids will love the classic, all-natural hot dogs, adults will dig the aioli dipping sauces for the fries. They've got a mean Chicago dog, for adventurous kids and curious adults. The prices are reasonable and the line moves fast, which will help cut down on hungry kid meltdowns.

Oz Park


"The Wizard of Oz" is one of those rare movies that transcends generations, as many people watched it as a child. So the entire family can enjoy this Oz-themed playground and park. It's located a few miles away from the former home of the story's author L. Frank Baum and features "Dorothy's Playlot," the "Emerald Garden" and statues of all the most beloved Oz characters — Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and Scarecrow.

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