Days Downtown – Summer Checklist

We have been able to slowly get more items checked off of the summer list.


Going to the Disney Store in downtown Chicago. Our girls like to go to to press buttons on the walls and watch the big tv. Lol.


We also ate at one of big girl’s favorite restaurants: Big Bowl.


The list thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.

Summer Checklist – Update #8

One of our favorite things to do during the summer is go to the Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park. I highly (!!!!) recommend going. It’s free! And, there’s so much to do. There’s music, crafts, storytime, dancing, and lots of other fun stuff. And, it’s free! When we go, we try to go on Wednesdays because they do a book giveaway on Wednesdays. Check the schedule to find out who is performing during the daily singing and movement performances in the morning and what book they are giving away if you are there on a Wednesdays. On Mondays, different groups lead movement activities like yoga and dancing. We haven’t gone on a Monday so I can’t say for certain but I’m guessing that they are pretty fun. There are also daily afternoon performances but we are usually eating lunch at that time.


Since we have to take the Metra to get downtown during the week, when we go downtown, I try to find ways to keep the girls busy all day until Ryan gets off work. Trying to get the girls, and the diaper bag, and a big bag of snacks, and the stroller onto the train is definitely not a one-person job.

When we are downtown, one of the best things to do is spend some time at the Art Institute. Since we are members, we can easily pop in, check out some art, grab a snack and be on our way. The kids area is nice too but has been under construction. There is a temporary room set up in one of the classrooms. It’s nice but it’ll be great to get back into the real room (which last I saw was scheduled to reopen June 30th – so I’m guessing it’s already reopened).


We’ve been there enough that big girl knows that when we go through the Greek Art hallway, we are on our way to get a snack.

The summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)