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A Unique Way for Kids to Learn About Chicago

Chicago kids enjoy one the city’s many popular beaches

Kids on the beach, Chicago

Do you know what ingre­di­ents it takes to make a real Chicago hot dog or why the “L” goes around the Loop?

Find out with the free Chicago for Kids audio tour and inter­ac­tive web site, a new way for young Chicagoans and vis­i­tors from around the globe to learn more about Chicago.

The audio tour and web­site takes kids on adven­tures through­out the city and fea­tures eight des­ti­na­tions, plus games and chal­lenges that high­light the rich cul­ture and his­tory of Chicago. Download Chicago For Kids to your MP3 player and take it with you as you explore the des­ti­na­tions or expe­ri­ence the tour online before vis­it­ing Chicago. Stops include the Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Bridge/Tribune Tower, Millennium Park, The “L”, Picasso Sculpture, North Avenue Beach, Chicago Food, and the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Interviews with famous Chicagoans, experts and city offi­cials, includ­ing for­mer Chicago Cub Ryne Sandberg, cheese­cake man­u­fac­turer Marc Schulman, Chicago his­to­rian Tim Samuelson and bridge oper­a­tor Dennis White, pro­vide kids with the ulti­mate insider’s view of Chicago. Learn the answers to some of Chicago’s hid­den secrets such as:

  • Why does the Chicago River run backwards?
  • How did Daley Plaza become home to the Picasso Sculpture?
  • Where was the first Chicago-style pizza served?
  • Where in the city can you expe­ri­ence a warm jun­gle in the dead of winter?
  • How many tons does the “bean” in Millennium Park weigh?
  • Why can you go to the beach in Chicago with­out hav­ing to worry about jel­ly­fish or sharks?
  • Why do cows play a huge part in Chicago’s past?
  • What makes Chicago’s bridges so unique?

Once tour-takers have learned the inside scoop on famous Chicago land­marks, they can try to mas­ter eight inter­ac­tive games on the web­site that are col­or­fully ani­mated with themes such as play­ing vol­ley­ball at North Avenue Beach or catch­ing bugs at the Garfield Park Conservatory. “The Chicago For Kids tour is enter­tain­ing and packed with infor­ma­tion about the city,” said Dorothy Coyle, Director, Chicago Office of Tourism. “We hope chil­dren in Chicago and beyond will use it to explore the city in new and imag­i­na­tive ways.”

The Chicago For Kids tour is avail­able in five lan­guages: English, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. With maps and direc­tions for each stop, sound effects and pho­tos, it offers a com­pletely new down­load­able tour experience.

The Chicago for Kids audio tour, pro­duced by the Chicago Office of Tourism, can be down­loaded at

The award win­ning Millennium Park and Chicago Blues audio tours are also avail­able for down­load on this site.

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