Chicago is an incredible city to visit with a family, but it’s particularly cool for young people. Youth will enjoy the various sights to shopping in the Magnificent Mile from Broadway shows to high-speed boat tours on Lake Michigan. Regardless of their interests, something they all like is certain to be. Here are some of our favorite things to do with teenagers in Chicago.
See a show at one of the world class theaters in Chicago
Chicago has a bit of it all in the theater. Broadway shows, musicals, plays and comedies are available. There’s literally something right for all ages all year round. To find the latest Broadway offer in Chicago, but know that many teens will enjoy the Blue Man group and Chicago Shakespeare at the Navy Pier. If your child is a theater buff, check out them.
Admire one of the world’s best art collections at the Chicago Art Institute
The Art Institute has been repeatedly chosen as one of the world’s leading art museums. If you’re in Chicago with an art-loving teenager, that’s the place. The collections go from the ancient times to contemporary times, including works by artists.
Try the escape room
In downtown there are several Escape Rooms at Chicago for teenagers. Each challenge typically requires “teams” to solve a thematic puzzle in a certain time (usually in one hour). This is a fun thing to do with tweens and teens in Chicago!
See how Chicago was constructed on a river cruise with architecture
The Chicago Architecture Foundation conducts a tour through the Chicago River, one of the best in the city. Experienced teachers point to the city’s (there are many) architectural highlights and tell the history of Chicago over the years. Another idea is to take a kayak on the Chicago River and see your boat’s buildings.