Summer Fun in & around Chicago A to Z
I’m SO bored! No Mom ever wants to hear those words. Especially not in the summer.
Chicago after 14 years seemed like a big ole been there, done that. That’s when I started scouring online to find activities that appease the crowd. Faced with a full day and literally no clue where to begin, I remind you we live in a pretty great city.
A list so massive and so comprehensive you only need to bookmark it once and go through it!
Well, your wish is my command.
I happen to have amazing Mom Friends who actually do awesome activities with their kids. Whether you have a week to kill or all summer long to fill, we’ve got you covered.
Here is your go-to collection of summer fun in and around Chicago, tried and true by moms trying to keep em busy. We have gathered all these places together, links included, with an asterisk for the older set as those are often harder to please. A special thank you to Orah and Neeli for their amazing lists, advice and ideas. You guys are Super Moms with a Capital “S”.
Please follow our adventures this summer break on #CampKutliroff on Facebook or feel free to visit our crafty page on Pinterest for inspired ideas for tweens and teens. Please also email me or message below to add to our list! Hoping to add reviews from our own parent-testers. So if you have anything to say about these off-the-beaten-path trips please message me and your review can be featured on the official Stretching My Limits Facebook Page!
May we all soak in the sun before school is on the horizon again!
*Air & Water Show
*Apollo Theatre/Emerald City Theatre
*Architecture River Cruise
Art Institute – Stop in the gift shop first. Grab a postcard and find your art!
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
*Beaches in and around Chicago
*Big Surf Wave Pool
Boat Tours – Wacky Pirate Cruise
*Bookstall at Chestnut Court – They often have children’s authors or events
*Botanic Gardens – Bring a picnic! Make it a scavenger hunt!
*Bowling at Pinstripes
Burpee Museum of Natural History
Busse Woods Forest Preserve
*Canon Tour in Cook County
Charles Dawes House Tour
Charnley Persky House Museum
*Chicago Bandits Game
Chicago Children Museum @ Navy Pier
Chicago Federal Reserve Money Museum & Tour
Chicago Fire Soccer
Chicago History Musem
*Chicago River Canoe & Kayak Rental
*Chicago’s Sightseeing Tour Hop on/ Hop off
Chicago Kohl Children’s Museum of Glenview
*Civil War Museum
Clarke/Glessner House Museum
Color Me Mine
*County Line Orchard – Apple Picking
*Dave and Busters
*Dave’s Rock Shop
Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Discovery Center Museum
*Drive in Movie in Kenosha at Keno Drive-In
Dupage Children’s Museum
*Eli’s Cheesecake Factory Tour
Elk grove park district pavilion community center
Elmhurst Historical Museum – Currently have a baseball exhibit
Emerald City Theatre
Emily Oaks Nature Center
Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana
*Fairs & Festivals in Chicago
Fishing and Fun at Northerly Island
*Frontier Day’s festival in Arlington Heights JULY ONLY!
Garfield Park Conservatory
*Gilson Beach, Wilmette
*Glazed Expressions Pottery
*Hidden Creek Aqua Park
*Hoosier Bat Company Tour ages 8 and up.
*Illinois Holocaust Museum
Illinois Railway museum in Union, IL
Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Janesville, WI Newspaper Tour
JCC Garoon Science Garden
*Jelly Belly Center Warehouse Tour
John Deere Tour
John Hancock Observatory
Kenosha Public Museum
Kids Bowl Free
Konow’s Corn Maze
Lake County Discovery Museum
Lincoln park conservatory and trains
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Square lanes
Little Bear Garden, Glenview
*Long Grove Confectionary Tour
*Marriot Lincolnshire Theater
Michaels Store Craft Events & Weekly Camps
Milwaukee Public Museum
*Mini Golf indoors, Glow in the dark at Hawthorne Mall, Vernon Hills
*Movies in the Park, Skokie
*Movies in the Park, Chicago
Mr. Singer’s Performances
*Museum of Science & Industry
Naper Settlement, Naperville
Naperville River Walk
North Park Village Nature Center
North Point Lighthouse
*Oakton Water Playground
Old Town School of Folk Music – Kids Concerts & Classes
*Paper Source – Create a Summer Scrapbook!
Peggy Nothebart Nature Museum
*Peoples Choice Family Fun Center
*Ravinia Family Concerts
River Trail Nature Center
Robert R. McCormick Museum, First Division Museum
Robot City Workshop
Roosevelt Collection park & shopping outdoor seating area just south of the loop
Schaumburg Airport Tours
*Second City Improv
Sky Deck at Willis Tower
*Sprecher Root Beer Tour (pm only)
*Strawberry Picking – Thompson Farms
*Strawberry Picking – Stade Farms
*Subaru of Indiana Auto Tours (10 and older)
*The Glen – Sprinkler Park, Shopping, Fun
*Tipsy Paint, Glenview
Treehouse Indoor Playground
Volo Auto Museum
Visit a Farmer’s Market – Let the kids make dinner with their finds!
*Wendella Boat Rides
Wheeling Aquatic Center
*White Sox Games
Wiggleworms in Millenium Park
Wild West Town
Wonder Works in Oak Park
*Denotes Teen/Tween Friendly 🙂