19 December 2008

Chicago: Creative Day

1. Art Institute of Chicago
2. Lego Store on the Magnificent Mile
3. Gold Coast Dogs
4. Garrett Popcorn

1. Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue · 312 443 3600

The Art Institute of Chicago is considered America's premier fine art museum, especially known for its extensive collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and American art.

Some of the gems I found in the museum. Many of the lesser known and equally amazing didn't have postcards in the gift shop so they are not represented here.

In addition, Child Magazine named The Art Institute the most kid friendly museum. The wee ones' section is downstairs from the main entrance. We enjoyed the Touch Gallery, the BIGsmall exhibition and the Miniature rooms very much.

There is also extensive children programming. Little Studio and Story Time for the 3-5 set. And Drop-in Drawing for 6 and up. Check out the Art Institute's family programming site for times and days.

They also offer workshops called Mini Masters [3-5] and Family Workshop [6-12] but these ones need to be booked. Simply email familyprograms@artic.edu or call 312 857 7161 to secure your spot at no additional cost.

2. Lego Store
520 North Michigan Avenue · #300 in Westfield Shoppingtown Mall · 312 494 0760

Loads of creating to be done here too.

Spud spent the better part of an hour making a Lego garden.

3. Gold Coast Dogs
159 North Wabash · 312 917 1677
Classic Chicago hot dog restaurant. Get 'em charred. Or doubled. That's right, two dogs in one bun. Or just straight up. A kid favourite for sure.

4. Garrett Popcorn
26 West Randolph · 312 201 0455

"The Mix" is where it's at. Half caramel and half cheddar. Trust me. It's heaven.

This itinerary was heavily inspired by Delicious Baby. Check out her 4 great half-day itineraries in Chicago for more great ideas.