10+ Things to Do in Chicago with Teens During Your Trip

We all know it can sometimes be a hassle to travel with teens. After all, even the least dramatic teens and tweens can have their moments of disinterest or disagreement.

And so, as much as the whole family needs and wants a vacation, it can be difficult to find teen-friendly activities that will keep everyone entertained.

If you’re looking for things to do in Chicago with teens, check out our list of the top attractions and activities, including…

  • 谢德水族馆
  • 芝加哥天空观景台
  • 360度芝加哥环形瞭望台
  • Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
  • 菲尔德自然历史博物馆
  • 阿德勒天文馆
  • 布鲁克菲尔德动物园
  • Ride a Bike around Millennium Park
  • 和更多…

Save on Admission to Attractions Teens Will Love

Many of these teen-friendly Chicago attractions are included on the Go Chicago® Card.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

Head to the Shedd Aquarium

shedd-aquarium-chicago-museumsTrust us, the Shedd Aquarium is the mother of all aquariums. This is one of the most popular things to do in Chicago for a reason.

Your teens will be able to enjoy seeing animals that hail from waterways and ecosystems all across the globe, from the nearby Great Lakes to the vast rivers of Asia.

One of our favorite nifty things about Shedd is the Caribbean Reef exhibit, where visitors can actually take a 360-degree tour of an underwater reef community – it’s a really amazing up-close sight and is almost as good as snorkeling in Hawaii.

Bonus for everyone: you can skip the line with the Go Chicago Card, which is a huge benefit during busy tourist seasons. It will keep you and your teens from driving each other crazy during a long wait!

进入: Shedd Aquarium tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card.

Get a Bird’s Eye View of the City

360-Chicago-John-Hancock-Tower-1您的全家人都会喜欢这个国家最美丽的城市之一的壮丽全景。所以今天去芝加哥Skydeck吧!

Even the most skeptical teenagers will be amazed at “The Ledge,” an all-glass balcony that puts visitors four feet out from the edge of the building into space!

Looking for another perspective, and maybe a little more interactivity with your amazing views? Try 360 CHICAGO for another vantage point that’s equally as cool.

360芝加哥也位置便利,附近有很多时尚的购物场所,所以您的青少年特别喜欢这个景点。

进入: SkyDeck Chicago tickets and 360 CHICAGO tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card.

Stroll Navy Pier & Ride the Centennial Wheel

navy-pier-chicago没有什么比一个老式的木板路漫步更好的了。你不需要在泽西海岸找到一个!

You and the teens will love spending some time at Navy Pier. There are a slew of activities to choose from, including the Centennial Wheel and a bunch of fun rides.

There’s also plenty of places to eat and pick up fun souvenirs to remember your trip to Chicago.

Want some more ideas? Check out our post on things to do at Navy Pier and nearby spots.

进入: 海军码头百年轮票包括在Go Chicago Card上。

Snap Photos on the Architecture River Cruise

architecture-river-cruiseChicago is an amazing city for architecture. With a diversity of influences and an eclectic building history, the skyline of Chicago is quite remarkable.

One of our favorite ways to survey this beautiful scenery is on an Architecture River Cruise that highlights the city’s architectural history.

Teens will relish the chance to get that awesome Instagram photo, and it’s fun for everyone to be able to identify famous buildings.

进入: Chicago Architecture Boat Tour tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card.

Explore the Famous Museums

The-Field-Museum-2Teens into natural history and science will find much to love in Chicago’s museum scene.

The Field Museum is one of the world’s most prestigious natural history museums, featuring tons of fascinating stuff from gemstones to fossils (like the largest intact T-Rex skeleton – above).

For astronomy buffs, the Adler Planetarium is another great option and an amazingly fun thing to do.

Or, for fans of general interest scientific subjects, the Museum of Science & Industry is filled with interactive exhibits like a 40-foot indoor tornado.

进入: The Field Museum tickets, Adler Planetarium tickets,  Museum of Science and Industry tickets are is included on the Go Chicago Card.

Get Inspired by Art

Seurat_A-Sunday-on-La-Grande-Jatte Art InstituteArtsy teens (and their parents!) won’t want to miss out on the chance to visit Chicago’s top-rated museum.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an international favorite, and draws in so many people to its amazing collections of art and artifacts that span the entire globe and all across history.

Be especially sure to check out the Modern Wing. Designed by famed architect Renzo Piano and filled with only the most exciting modern and contemporary art, it’s the happening place to be.

Insider Tip: Download their innovative mobile guide to help navigate the museum.

进入: Art Institute of Chicago tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card.

在布鲁克菲尔德动物园与动物一起放松

Brookfield-Zoo-5For fans of animals, Chicago is a delightful destination.

The Brookfield Zoo features a diversity of animal exhibits, a massive nature park, and a fun animal-themed carousel. Teens will especially appreciate majestic creatures like the big cats.

Or, if you prefer to stay closer to the city, Lincoln Park offers a fun, small-scale zoo with an equally entertaining selection of animals. If you’re really feeling like letting lose and acting like a little kid again, there are also some fun rides.

进入: Brookfield Zoo tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card.

Ride a Bike around Millennium Park

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Encourage the kids to enjoy the great outdoors during the warmer months with a refreshing bike ride around the city.

Pedal leisurely along the waterfront, throughout Millennium Park, or along the 26 miles of gorgeous trails that wind around the lakefront.

It’s also a great activity teens can pursue independently, giving them some “alone time” amidst a family vacation.

进入: Bike and Roll Chicago rentals are included on the Go Chicago Card.

Shop ‘Til They Drop

Chicago is also a shopper’s paradise. Whether they’re on a tight budget or have some cash to spend, teens will love the chance to explore Chicago’s amazing shopping districts.

Heck, even window-shopping alone can be a real treat!

From the Magnificent Mile and its unique mix of high-end couture and fast fashion to the more traditional offerings of the Water Tower Place Mall, there’s a store to suit every taste.

Remember to Save on Admission

There you have it. Our list of some of the top things to do in Chicago with teens during your upcoming trip.

Remember, many of these great activities are included on the Go Chicago Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these teen friendly options to your vacation itinerary. Enjoy!

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