For the Kids: The Haute 5 Family-Friendly Venues in Chicago

Looking to introduce the kids to the good life? Whether it’s educational or sporty, combine culture with fun and enjoy summer in the Chi with these Haute 5 Family-friendly lux outings.

Bike Your History Lesson

Ride in the footsteps of Barack Obama and learn about the 44th President’s journey to the White House. Bike through the picturesque neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Kenwood for a glimpse of the President’s home, visit the site where Barack and Michelle first kissed, and learn about the President’s life in Chicago. The 2.5 hour bike tour is fun, educational, and inspiring.

DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl. 888.245.3929.

Take a Cultural Trip to Japan

Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden at the Botanic Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture. Practice using chopsticks, rake miniature dry gardens, make Japanese kites, and more. The Lenhardt Library’s exhibition, Japonica: The Artistry of Japanese Rare Books extends from May 14 through August 15 and features the Library’s best Japanese pieces.

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe 60022. 847.835.5440.

The Willis Tower’s New Sky Deck

Explore Chicago top to bottom and from yesterday to today. Voted one of the Seven Wonders of Chicago by Chicago Tribune, the new Observation Deck and interactive museum tells Chicago’s rich history at 1,353 feet up, 4.3 feet out from the skyscrape.

The Skydeck, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 3530. 312.875.9696.

Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier

Cirque Shanghai returns to Navy Pier for the fifth year with an all-new acrobatic spectacle, Cloud 9, May 28 – September 6. The jaw dropping, eye popping, heart stopping and breathtakingly beautiful theatrics is fun for all ages.

Cirque Shanghai at the Pepsi® Skyline Stage® on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 312.595.7437

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Jazzin’ at the Shedd is every Wednesday this summer June 23 through September 1. This Chicago tradition combines some of the area’s best bands, breathtaking fireworks and an unrivaled array of aquatic animals from around the world. Add light refreshments and drinks, and you’ve got an unbeatable summer evening of fun.

John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312.692-3277.