There’s no better way to bond with your family than to travel together to new and exciting places. Whether you’re on a cruise ship or at the Grand Canyon or exploring an unfamiliar city, you’re sure to encounter entirely new and unique experiences and people, which will only bring you closer as a family with shared memories.
If you’re a dad debating about where to travel with your son—or sons—for your next father-son trip, consider the Windy City. There are plenty of things to do in Chicago that will be sure to delight dads and sons alike. Here are a few ideas to keep you busy on your father-son getaway to the Windy City.
Revel in Testosterone at the Chicago Auto Show
If you and your son share a love of cars, consider making a pilgrimage to Chicago: The Windy City boasts the country’s largest and longest-running auto show. Car nuts will get a thrill from the wide variety of makes and models on the showroom floor, and tech geeks will love the interactive displays. You’ll both love the driving simulators and the opportunity to immerse yourselves in cars for an entire day (or two, or three).
Take in a Ball Game
Chicago is a sports lover’s dream: The city is home to five professional sports teams: the Cubs and the White Sox (baseball), the Bulls (basketball), the Bears (football) and the Blackhawks (hockey). No matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to find a sporting event to attend, so grab your son and head to the game—or the match, as the case may be.
Stare a T. Rex in the Face
History buffs and budding archaeologists alike will love a trip to the Field Museum, where you can pay a visit to Sue the T. Rex. Sue is the most complete skeleton of a T. Rex that has ever been found, as well as the largest and most well-preserved. And she’s not alone in the museum: There are numerous other temporary and permanent exhibits to take in, including an exploration of ancient Egypt and an Underground Adventure in which you can see the world—and, specifically, worm tunnels— through the eyes of an insect.
Eat your Weight in Pizza
Every father-son bonding trip should include a fantastic meal or two. In Chicago, deep-dish pizza is the signature item, so be sure to enjoy some of this indulgent treat at least once during your stay. Depending on where you’re staying and your personal pizza preferences, you might dine on a margherita pizza at Castel Gandolfo or a deep-dish pie with sausage at the famous Lou Malnati’s—or you might try one of the Windy City’s many dozens of other amazing pizza joints.
There’s plenty to keep dads and sons busy—and bonding—in Chicago. This list serves as a great jumping-off point for Windy City activity ideas, but the options are practically endless. You’re sure to find entertainment to keep you busy for days, so head to the Windy City for your next father-son getaway.