Pop baby in a buggy and head to a Chicago museum or garden for a date with art, history and foliage! You’ll catch up on the city’s cultural pulse while baby enjoys the sights and sounds from the stroller-eye perspective. Read on to find the places where no one bats an eyelid if baby gets cranky or has a diaper blowout.
photo: Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
With its striking collection of modern art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, a.k.a. the MCA, will impress both parents and babies alike: Babies will appreciate the bold colors and abstract, modern shapes. Adults will appreciate the big names in art on display: Chuck Close, Christo, Calder, Cindy Sherman and Warhol, to name a few. Take in an hour-long guided stroller tour and get reacquainted with the art world without having to worry about baby causing a stir. Tours are free with admission.
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Tour days: The first Wed. of each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $12/suggested admission; free for kids
Stroll on over to the picture-perfect University of Chicago campus and embrace your inner Indiana Jones with a baby-friendly tour of the Oriental Institute. This intriguing museum features a colossal 40-ton human-headed winged bull, a monumental statue of King Tutankhamun and a few fascinating mummies. The tour on September 13 focuses on animals in ancient art, while the November 8 tour delves into the world in biblical times.
1155 E. 58th St
Hyde Park – University of Chicago
Tour day: Tues., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Suggested admission $10/adults, $5 kids under 12
photo: The Field Museum
The Field Museum
Though the Field Museum doesn’t offer any docent guided stroller tours, it’s a great place to explore art and culture from around the world with babe in the buggy thanks to the museum’s mobile tour app. Load the app onto your smartphone and then set off on your tour of interest. Follow a themed tour, or create your own customized experience by selecting just the objects you want to see. The app offers behind-the-scenes stories, augmented reality, audio clips, imagery, videos, appearances by Museum scientists and more – and if you need to take a break to feed baby or yourself, you can just press pause. The Field Museum’s ground floor bathrooms won an award for being among the best, family-friendliest bathrooms in the U.S., so of course you’ll find comfy breastfeeding nooks and diaper changing stations.
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Cost: $31/adult; $21/ages 3-11
What is your favorite place to stroll? Let us know in the Comments!
— Amy Bizzarri