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Old 08-09-2012, 07:00 PM   #4
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Re: Need some suggestions for planning a Chicago trip ...

Originally Posted by BCsMom View Post
I would recommend looking into the Metra ( to get from Schaumburg to downtown. Commuter train will drop you off on the northwest corner of the Loop, and then you can take the El or buses to pretty much anything. The Shedd would be great! Here are some other things to look at:

Navy Pier, especially the Children's Museum:

The Peggy Notebart Nature Museum:

The Lincoln Park Zoo (even better - it's free!!):

Millenium Park has some great water features the kids can play in. Depending on when you'll be in town, there will likely be some type of event or concert going on there, too.

Hope this helps!!
Thank you!

I have a question about Shedd. I see that general admission is very cheap - i think only $6 for kids and $8 for adults, but it only allows exploration in 3 parts of the Shedd. For access to the entire place, a Shedd Pass is around $20 for kids and $30 for adults, plus another $4 each for the aquatic show. Realistically speaking, if we only purchased the general admission, will our kids be disappointed to not have access to the entire place? Will they even notice? Having never been there ourselves, we aren't sure of the set up or expectations ...
Jenny ~ wife and mama of 4

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