Chicago Children's Museum

312-527-1000
700 East Grand Avenue

Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611
lynnw@chicagochildrensmuseum.org

Location

700 East Grand Avenue Navy Pier,
60611 Chicago , IL
United States
Phone: 312-527-1000
Illinois US

Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) believes play is the right of every child. It is our mission to provide multimodal play and learning opportunities that accommodate different interests, styles, and needs. As an institution, we promote and honor diversity, appreciating that a diverse museum community includes people with disabilities. CCM believes an accessible and inclusive museum must address each visitor's total experience-making the museum's facilities, offices, exhibits, services, programs, and staff welcoming to all people. Access and inclusion practices are intended to open doors and are recognized as critical components of CCM's planning and development. "Play For All" is a CCM initiative that recognizes the rights of all guests, volunteers, and staff to have full access to our community where play and learning connect. "Play For All" supports the execution and growth of CCM's accessible and inclusive practices.

Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location: 
Throughout the museum
Main Entrance: 
Elevator access to main entrance
Wheelchairs Available: 
Guest Relations Desk
Accessible Restrooms: 
All restrooms are accessible
Family/Unisex Restroom: 
Family / unisex restroom available (wheelchair accessible)
Family/Unisex Restroom Location: 
2nd and 3rd floor
Service Animals: 
Allowed
Sitting Area Location: 
Throughout the museum
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information: 
CCM, in partnership with The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP), has developed a Storybook Guide that describes each of the museum's interactive exhibits. Reading about the exhibits prior to visiting can relieve anxiety, ease transitions, and help children better anticipate the experience. Parents, caregivers, and professionals can also explore the benefits of play. CCM has partnered with the Belle Center of Chicago to develop Therapy Play Guides, which highlight the play therapy benefits that can be found in each exhibit. Caregivers can download the Storybook Guide and Therapy Play Guide by going to the Access & Inclusion page on CCM's website. Copies are also available at the museum admission desk.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk: 
Large-print floor plans
A staff member who knows American Sign Language (ASL)
Other Resources: 
CCM Museum Kits, created in partnership with TAP, are available for families who desire a more structured visit. The Kits include the storybook guide, a removable museum schedule that can be personalized to your child's needs and interests, and pocket rule cards for children who prefer visual messages. Museum Kits can be checked out at the admissions desk free of charge.
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits: 
Artabounds Studio & Gallery; Play It Safe; Skyline; WaterWays;TreehouseTrails; Kids Town; Dinosaur Expedition; Big Backyard; Inventing Lab; Schooner
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Description: 
Play For All events, the second Saturday of every month, invite children and caregivers with disabilities to come and experience CCM's inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs. The museum opens one hour early, at 9:00 a.m., for pre-registered guests. The first 100 visitors to register receive free admission (limit 6 per family). For registration and accommodation requests, call the Play For All hotline at 312-321-6551.
Our Access Programs Use: 
Touch objects (replicas, facsimiles, props)
Art-making activities
Drama and movement
Music and sound
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from: 
www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org
To join our mailing list or receive a newsletter/access newsletter: 
www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org