Chicago is full of sightseeing opportunities and special activities geared toward children. For family-friendly activities, check out our Especially for Kids section, as well as Suggested Itineraries and Walking Tours.

Publications: You can pick up a free copy of Chicago Parent magazine ( at any local bookstore, public library, or park district building. The magazine includes a calendar of events geared to families with kids. 

Babysitting: Check first with the concierge or desk staff at your hotel; many hotels maintain lists of reliable sitters and babysitting services. Many top hotels work with American ChildCare Service (tel. 312/644-7300;, a state-licensed and insured babysitting service that can match you with a sitter. All of its sitters are required to pass background checks, must provide multiple child-care references, and are trained in infant and child CPR. It’s best to make a reservation 24 hours in advance; the office is open from 9am to 5pm. Rates are $35 per hour, with a 4-hour minimum.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.