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Sometimes it's really hard to know where you can take the kids. Luckily, the Chicago Loop can be a fun, safe place for kids of all ages. Follow this list to take the stress out of planning a family vacation to downtown Chicago.

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago for dazzling galleries of acclaimed international art in the world's second largest art gallery.

Chicago Cultural Center, free art and performance in the Loop

Through free art, music, and performance events and a stunning interior design, the Chicago Cultural Center has become a premier Chicago destination.

The Chicago Riverwalk is one of the Loop's most beautiful public amenities. Take a long walk and enjoy the best view of the breathtaking Chicago architecture along the river.

Chicago Water Taxi

Chicago Water Taxi is a cheap, efficient, and fun way to travel around downtown Chicago with a great view.

The unique shopping experience, German food and drinks, and diverse holiday entertainment make Christkindlmarket Chicago a holiday tradition and staple.

Have you seen "The Bean?" Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate is a massive reflective sculpture that has become a Chicago legend.

Bring your swimsuits! Crown Fountain is a free, interactive work of public art and video sculpture that lets the kids run around and get soaked!

Garrett Popcorn is a tempting tradition for Chicagoans and visitors alike, featuring sweet and salty popcorns that will have you coming back for more.

US soccer fans gather at Grant Park, World Cup 2014

Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is a public park, 319 acres located in Chicago’s central business district in the Loop Community area.

Enjoy free ice skating under the skyscrapers at McCormick Tribune Plaza's ice skating rink! Open through March 17, 2017 weather permitting.

Millennium Park provides a beautiful backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.

Shoreline Sightseeing, established in 1939, began with one vessel offering Lake Michigan Boat Tours showcasing Chicago’s fabulous skyline. They offer fantastic guided Architecture River Tours departing daily and every evening from multiple locations.

Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower offers an eye-popping view of Chicago and, for some brave souls, a chance to feel like you're floating in thin air!

Visit the Loop's working candy kitchen! Artisan candy maker offering a full array of original handmade sweets and old fashioned favorites. Also featuring candy making classes, corporate gifts and event favors.