If you are looking for some family fun with your kids on your vacation, then there are very few places better to take your kids to this summer than Chicago. Here is why Chicago is ranked amongst the best places in the country for kid family vacations...

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Chicago is ranked 5th in lawnlove.com's 2023's Best Cities for Kid-Friendly Vacations. Chicago ranks behind only New York City at number one, followed by Orlando (how is that not number 1???), Miami, and believe it or not...Las Vegas is at number 4. On the site they say...

"We compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities, looking for plenty of family-friendly accommodations, attractions, and restaurants. We also considered transportation options, affordability, and safety, among 23 total metrics."

Chicago ranks 2nd in getting around, 2nd in safety on their rankings, as well as ranking 10th in having fun, and 20th in food. It does rank very poorly in affordability coming in at 130th... Now Chicago is tied for 3rd with most Zoos, and 2nd for most Children's hospitals. To see the full rankings for yourself on where to take your kids for a kid-friendly vacation just click here!

I will say that having lived in Chicago for years I agree Chicago should be this high on the list, from the free Lincoln Park Zoo to Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk, The observation decks on the skyscrapers, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, River Boats, FREE sandy beaches, there is a ton to do in Chicago with your kids and that list is just scratching the surface...Did I mention Maggie Daley Park? Do yourself a favor and check it out!

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.


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