Four Unique Ways to Explore Chicago with Kids

Looking for a more unique way to learn more about Chicago? Here are four interesting ways to explore Chicago with kids in tow:

By Boat

Hop on a boat and enjoy Chicago history with unique views of our urban landscape on a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Breeze down the river and learn more about the original and beautiful buildings and skyscrapers that dot our famous skyline. Every third Sunday of the month, starting in September, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the foundation offers (free!) CAFamily Studio Sundays: enjoy hands-on activities, walking tours, stories, and more, all geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12.

By Haunted Bus

Families with older children and teens will delight in a spooky Chicago Ghost History Tour. Join internationally-renowned ghost hunter Richard Crowe on a comfy bus ride around the city: you’ll uncover frightening stories of hauntings, ghosts and other supernatural phenomena.

By Bike

Bobby’s Tike Hike Chicago Bike Tour is the perfect way to see the city for families with kids ten and under. You’ll hop on a rented bike and zoom along the lakeshore, pop in to pet the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo, rub the foot of a giant Abe Lincoln and more. Your entire family will love this guided zip around Chicago. Tours depart daily at 10 a.m.; reserve your spot online at

By Segway

Families with teens (ages 13 and up) will get a kick out of exploring Chicago by Segway. Chicago Segway Tours (505 North Lakeshore Drive – across from Navy Pier) begin their tours with a half hour training session, so you’ll all be familiar and comfortable with riding a Segway. I recommend the Northern Adventure Tour, which will lead you along the lakefront to Lincoln Park. During the summer, be sure to catch a Glide by Night Segway Tour: you’ll zoom along the lakefront, below the starry sky – you might even catch a spectacular fireworks display!

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