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835 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago   877.247.5223 
COST:  Store if free but call for rates and hours for cafe and theater
HOURS:  Call for hours
If your daughter loves American Girl Dolls and Books, she will never forget a visit to American Girl Place.   The multi-level store is amazing and features several museum-like displays.  There is a doll hair salon and a photo studio where your child's photo can be put on her own special American Girl magazine cover (additional fee for both).  The Theater features two shows;  one for older children (American Girl Revue) and one for younger children (Bitty Bear's Matinee:  The Family Tree).  A meal in the cafe is lots of fun.  They offer little high chairs for dolls that have been brought with, or they even have 'loaner' dolls if you child has not brought theirs.  The meals are tasty and presented in a child friendly manner.  The wait staff was attentive and friendly.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Lots for a little American Girl fan to see.  The cafe and shows are very child friendly.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  Younger children are not allowed in the American Girl Revue.  There is a fee for parking and it is not easy to find a spot that is located close.  The cafe is quite expensive especially for a family.

523 S. Webster St., Naperville   630.420.6010

COST:  April - October:  $12 Adult (13 +), $10 Senior (62 +), $8 Child (age 4 - 12);  November - March:  $5.25 Adult, $4.75 Seniors, $4 Child (age 4 - 12)
HOURS:  April - October:  Tuesday - Saturday 10a - 4p, Sunday 1p - 4p;  November - March:  Monday - Friday 10a - 4p
Naperville Settlement is a 19th Century historic village museum.  Our review family had a great time here with their young children.  There was much more to see than they expected.  There's even a kid's area where they can dress up and play with all sorts of things from that period.  There are outdoor picnic areas onsite and there are restaurants within walking distance.  The parking lot is located on the corner of Webster St and Porter Ave.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Kept even young children entertained with interactive activities.  Educational as well as fun!    Try to visit during April - October when the costumed interpreters are around and the interior of the buildings are open to view.

Family Friendly Travel Tip:
Buy each child a postcard at each attraction you visit.   Let them write some of their favorite memories of the location (little ones can draw a picture) on the back.    After the trip attach them together with a keychain clip for a memory book.  (You might want to laminate the postcards for durability.)


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