Things To Do in Chicago with a Baby
From the stunning skyline to the famous deep-dish pizza, Chicago is a city that everyone should visit. Visiting Chicago with a baby can be a wonderful experience since there are plenty of things to do with kids of all ages. Whether you sit on the pier and enjoy live music, have a picnic in Millennium Park, or visit one of the many family-friendly attractions, Chicago is certainly a family-friendly city.
With endless attractions to explore in the big city, babywearing can be a lifesaver when visiting Chicago with a baby. The Tushbaby Carrier is great for exploring the city with your baby, because its built-in lumbar support evenly distributes their weight around your body to help you carry them longer and more comfortably. From carrying your baby facing in or out to taking advantage of feeding them on the go, Tushbaby’s versatile and open design offers comfort and convenience for everyone. Keep reading to learn more about things to do in Chicago with your baby and how Tushbaby products can keep you prepared so that you can plan ahead for a smooth and memorable experience.
Here are some of the top things to do in Chicago with a baby.
Your Guide to Things To Do in Chicago with a Baby
One thing that makes Chicago such a neat city is the mix of big buildings and spacious parks filled with greenery, art, and family fun. Located right on the water, Maggie Daley Park has endless sightseeing and exciting activities for the whole family, like a climbing wall, mini golf, roller-blade rentals, and even tennis courts. You can easily spend hours in the park with your baby, so it’s good to have your Tushbaby packed and ready—with five roomy storage pockets, you can keep your baby’s essentials and your personal items right on your hip. Parking is located nearby, too, making it an ideal spot to visit with a baby.
Even at a young age, babies can develop a special love for animals. Taking baby to the zoo is a family-friendly Chicago activity that promotes emotional and intellectual development and bonding, and is an engaging experience at any age. Enjoy exotic animals and relaxing noises as you spend the day at one of the Chicago zoos with your baby.
Babies are extremely curious, and while they may not be able to talk, they still interact with and observe their surroundings. Take a stroll through the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk and Sanctuary with your baby for a day to remember forever – this is a popular spot for family photos, so it might be a good time to stage a holiday card or memorialize your trip. From unique wildlife to stunning art exhibits, there’s no shortage of sights to see.
Located just a few miles west of downtown Chicago, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a massive greenhouse filled with unique plants from around the world. It's a fantastic place to stroll with your baby, especially during Chicago's colder months. With themed rooms like the Desert House and the Aroid House, there's always something new to see, making each visit a little adventure in the heart of the city.
If you want to carry your little one while keeping your hands free to share the exhibits, we’d recommend bringing along The Snug! It’s a wrap-style attachment designed exclusively for your Tushbaby to help you carry and cuddle your little ones hands-free. It folds up to store in your Tushbaby’s front pocket, so you can transition your carrier back and forth as needed.
The Magnificent Mile is a stretch of the city, filled with historic buildings, shops, rich cuisine, posh hotels, and more. Picture strolling past the iconic Wrigley Building with a Ghirardelli ice cream in hand, soaking in views of the Chicago River before hopping on a sunset water tour.
In a city filled with so much history, you’ll want to learn more about the magnificent architecture you’re surrounded by, baby or not. But with large crowds around, you may not want to navigate the city with a stroller. Bring your Tushbaby along to help you be more mobile while babywearing around Michigan Avenue and keep your baby closer to enhance those special bonding moments.
Who knew you could pair the thrill of a bustling city with the serenity of a beach day? That's the unique charm of Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline. Sharing this beachside experience with your baby will definitely be memorable, so it’s good to gear up appropriately to ensure it goes smoothly.
Tushbaby’s Totebaby diaper bag is a beach must-have with its sleek vegan leather design and removable baby tote features. It comes fully stocked with an organizer, changing pad, and a divider pocket to store a Tushbaby, and to keep your sandy-day essentials—like sunscreen, diapers, and wipes—handy and organized. Before diving into your day of fun in the sun, read up on taking baby to the beach to plan ahead and make the most of it with your little one.
One of Chicago's gems, the Shedd Aquarium takes you on a journey beneath the waves right from the heart of the city. Explore diverse habitats, from coral reefs to Arctic waters, and meet thousands of fascinating marine animals before heading over to their 4-D experiences. As you delve deeper into the underwater worlds, your baby will be entranced by the dazzling displays and captivating creatures, making it an educational outing and a cherished family memory.
Farmers markets are a neat way to connect with new cities and meet locals, and babywearing can make your stroll through the farmers market much more enjoyable. It’s easier to navigate the crowds without a bulky stroller, and with the Tushbaby, you can support your baby and store your things, all while saving your back with an ergonomic carrier. Our Totebaby is also a farmer’s market favorite because it can store all your belongings while doubling as a sustainable shopping bag.
Chicago Cubs or White Sox Game
Hitting a baseball game with your little one can be a grand slam of an experience! When booking, opt for seats with shade to ensure comfort for you and your baby—and when thinking about navigating a busy ballpark with your baby, you can bet Tushbaby is your MVP. Your baby can sit snugly on the plush hip seat whether you’re standing or seated, which makes it easier to stay comfortable during those long innings (7th inning stretch, anyone?). By wrapping it high and tight above your waist, Tushbaby allows you to stand, cheer, or climb the stadium steps seamlessly while keeping your baby close and content.
A masterpiece of art designed to show off the stunning Chicago skyline, The Bean is a must-see attraction. Nestled in the famous Millenium Park, it’s the perfect spot for a picnic day and afternoon exploring the heart of the city. Rather than relying on a picnic basket or plastic grocery bags, you can use your Totebaby to transport your spread, keeping it safely away from your everyday essentials with the removable divider pocket.
Boat ride or water taxi on the Chicago River
Since it’s located near The Bean, you may want to head over for a boat ride or water taxi ride on the Chicago River. Babywearing can make this activity more enjoyable as you take in the refreshing breeze and unreal sightseeing. Being out on the open water overlooking the lights and big buildings in the city is truly dazzling.
Tucked away in Glenview just outside of Chicago, the Kohl Children's Museum is a haven of interactive learning. It's tailored for kids, offering a rich array of exhibits that spark their natural curiosity. While your baby might be too young to understand everything, the sensory-rich environment provides ample stimulation and discovery opportunities, so you can nurture their passions and encourage a lifelong love of learning from the get-go.
Since your kiddo may be running around the exhibits quite a bit, we’d recommend enlisting the help of our Crossbody Straps to carry your Tushbaby like your favorite purse when it’s not being used for babywearing.
The Navy Pier in Chicago is much larger than it looks, filled with indoor and outdoor activities, places to eat, music to hear, and breathtaking views to soak in on a stroll with your baby. With engaging activities like rides and a funhouse maze, you may even want to spend a night at the Sable Hotel on the pier.
Tushbaby can make it easier to tour Chicago with a baby
Any time you travel with a baby, there’s a little extra preparation involved—but at Tushbaby, we help parents carry their kids longer and more comfortably by designing products that streamline and simplify life with a baby. As you prepare for a long day of travel or exploring, enlist your Tushbaby for extra support; our open-face hip seat carrier features an ergonomic design, four carry positions to support you and your baby, and five roomy pockets to keep the essentials right on your hip. With an easy on-and-off design for the “up!” and “down!” moments of toddlerhood, it’s ideal for traveling with a baby. It can even double as a breastfeeding pillow at home or on the go, making it even more functional than your average baby carrier.
Our award-winning Tushbaby Carrier helps you support your baby with a free arm, but when you bundle it with The Snug, you can babywear hands-free! Our soft wrap-style attachment is wrapped over your shoulder to form an X across your back, then buckled around your baby and your torso to keep them close while Tushbaby supports their weight. Designed exclusively for our Tushbaby Carrier, your baby will be snug and supported as you enjoy convenient, safe, and stylish babywearing. When not in use, simply tuck the Snug into Tushbaby’s seat pocket. Other products that parents love for traveling with a baby are our foldable changing pad and Pod, our stylish zipper pouch that can clip onto just about anything for pacifier storage.
While most prefer to visit Chicago when the weather is good, it’s not always bright and sunny. If you’re visiting during colder seasons, read up on babywearing in cold weather.