FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Family Fun in Chicago

by Holly Riddle

Jan 4, 2018

© Grigor Atanasov | Dreamstime.com

Destinations / North America

The Windy City is a fantastic family destination regardless of the time of year and the age of the traveler. Warmer weather means sun and sailing on Lake Michigan, and bike rides through the easily traversable city. The cold of winter brings with it plenty of shopping, Christmas markets and the charm of a snowy Chicago. Whatever the season, though, here are a few things you’ll find fun for the whole family, all year-round.


Museums Galore

Chicago is filled with educational and entertaining museums. The Field Museum is capable of capturing the curiosity of anyone, starting with the giant T-rex, Sue, as soon as you walk in. More than 30 exhibits display the wonders of the natural world combined with fascinating historic artifacts. Nearby, the Adler Planetarium is a great spot to take your budding young astronaut, with the Sky Theater featuring VR journeys through the known universe. The Art Institute of Chicago is equally pleasing, combining recognizable works with modern art.


The Local Wildlife

While you can’t expect to come across too many animals while your family is running around Chicago, you can pay a visit to two beloved spots across the city to get your taste of worldwide wildlife. The John G. Shedd Aquarium features exotic fish from all over, but the real showstopper is the Oceanarium, with gorgeous views of Lake Michigan setting the stage for the dolphin displays. Across town, the Lincoln Park Zoo provides free entertainment all year, and recent expansions mean even more animals to catch your eye as you walk the well-maintained grounds.

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. Photo: Jim Roberts | Dreamstime.com

Festival Frenzy

Chicago always has some sort of festival occurring, whether you prefer food, music, theater, shopping or a mix of it all. With Chicago Ale Fest and Chicago Restaurant Week in January; Theatre Week in February; the Chicago Beer Festival in March; and Baconfest Chicago in April, there’s plenty to do coming up in the next several months.


Major Fun at the Major Leagues

Baseball, basketball, hockey, football, soccer — take your pick. Chicago has the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears and more, most just a short cab ride away from downtown, making it easy to catch a game in between shopping, museum visits and dining.


Great Views, Above and Below

If it’s the top views you’re after, you’re in luck. Chicago knows it’s pretty, and gives you several great vantage points for snapping photos. Try Navy Pier for a few hours, where you can walk up and down the pier, snacking your way through the many new restaurants added following its recent restoration. The choices are far from few, and you’ll even find a beer garden or two. Don’t forget to look behind you, though — that’s where you can see a large portion of the Chicago skyline, laid out in all its glory. Take a ride on the pier’s Ferris wheel for shots of both the skyline and the lake.


Want to get a little higher? Take a ride on one of the world’s fastest elevators to the top of Hancock Tower, where you can get a glimpse from the observatory. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can step out onto the glass overlook and watch the world pass by below your feet.


Insta Feed
Jul 8, 2024

Margaritaville at Sea’s “Islander” Makes Maiden Voyage

Family travelers will delight in Margaritaville at Sea’s Islander, which set sail on her inaugural voyage in June 2024, departing from Port Tampa Bay to Cozumel, Mexico, on a four-night journey. The ship boasts 12 decks accommodating 2,650 passengers. The ship will now continue to sail four- and five-night cruises to Key West and Mexico, before venturing to Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman on six- and seven-night itineraries in 2026.

Sunflower Accessibility Program Featured at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Travelers with invisible disabilities passing through O’Hare and Midway International Airports can now discreetly signal they need assistance thanks to a new Chicago Department of Aviation partnership that helps create more accessible and inclusive spaces.

Jul 4, 2024

Peak Pursuits Adventures Awaits from East West Hospitality

East West Hospitality offers family travelers exciting experiences in California and Colorado with its new Peak Pursuits program. With help from East West Hospitality’s expert Guest Experience team, guests may customize the curated itineraries to best fit their needs.

Jul 2, 2024

Holland America Line, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Invited Fans to Name Rescue Moose

Holland America Line and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center teamed up to offer family travelers a chance to name a rescue moose. Suggestions were accepted on a designated post on the cruise line’s Facebook and Instagram pages through June 23. Holland America Line gives cruise-goers the chance to view Alaska’s wildlife responsibly from its ships and on shore excursions. AWCC rescues injured and orphaned animals, offering them spacious enclosures and quality care.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Jul 1, 2024

Embrace the “Cool-Cation” Craze and Escape High Temps at These Hyatt Vacation Club Hotels

Escape the heat this summer and take family travel to one of these Hyatt Vacation Club “cool-cation” destinations.