Traveling to Chicago with your family? Great! You’ve come to the right spot to plan your Chicago family vacation. I grew up in a small town about an hour and a half outside of Chicago and while I never spent a full week’s vacation there, I did take a lot of day trips!

Here are my Chicago top 4 family destinations!

Wrigley Field : Home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field is a must see when you visit Chicago. It was built in 1914 and one of America’s oldest ballparks. They offer daily tours where you can go behind the scenes of the ball park and see the press box, field, visitor’s clubhouse and the famous bleacher seats.

Shedd Aquarium: Shedd Aquarium is the worlds largest indoor aquarium in the world at 80,000 square feet. Everyone in your family will ADORE visiting the aquarium and be able to see both fresh and salt water creatures as well as polar animals like penguins!

Navy Pier: Navy Pier is a can’t miss stop in Chicago. Take a ride on the ferris wheel or a cruise on Lake Michigan from one of the many boats docked on the pier. Plus there is shopping, great food and public art! The Chicago Children’s Museum is also there.

The Chicago Children’s Museum: This might be my top choice for a Chicago vacation with your family. They’ve got real tools to tinker with, a tree house and a schooner to explore. Plus there is an art room and tons of other exhibits to enjoy!

If you are planning a vacation in Chicago, you should consider staying at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.


Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, it’s the perfect home base for your family vacation. Every family needs a cozy spot to land and you’ll find one here!


Wondering how to save at this hotel and more?  Use Club Carlson!

The new Members Only Rate Exclusive (MORE) from Club Carlson gives members the exclusive opportunity to save up to 10 percent more off the lowest available rate at participating hotels when booking directly on Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson) brand websites, mobile sites, and mobile apps.

The Members Only Rate Exclusive complements the collection of exceptional benefits, services and privileges Club Carlson members already enjoy.

Look at these awesome benefits!

  •  20 points per U.S. dollar spent on rooms and food and beverages purchases
  •  Award Nights starting at 9,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Food and beverage discounts
  •  Elite status after just 10 Eligible Stays

Members also have access to a wide range of partner redemption opportunities including airline miles, retail gift cards, as well as TSA PreCheck® application fee (U.S. residents only), and more.

Join Club Carlson today! 

Giveaway time. One winner will receive 30,000 Club Carlson points!

Hotel stays START at 9,000 points! Woohhoo!

To enter, join Club Carlson and leave a comment below telling me where you’ll take your first trip to!

Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends 10/10/16 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner must email me their club number so the brand can put the points into their account. A Cookie Before Dinner is not responsible for prize distribution. Void where prohibited by law. 

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