Here are more than 200 outgoing possibilities for Chicago-area families, in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Every destination is family-tested, and all of them are worth the drive.
Listings include hours, addresses, costs, parking, directions, stroller-accessibility, nearby restaurants, and an expanded accommodations directory. This second edition updates old favorites and suggests new ones including:
- - Illinois's Power House, Pirate's Cove, and Wildlife Prairie Park
- - The National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis Zoo, and Amish Acres in Indiana
- - Michigan's Curious Kids' Museum and Kalamazoo Nature Center
- - The Magic House, Kramers' Marionette Theater, and Field Toy Museum in Missouri