Accessibility and Inclusion

Chicago Children’s Museum believes an accessible and inclusive museum must address each visitor’s experience—making the museum’s facilities, offices, exhibits, services, programs, digital spaces, and staff welcoming to all. The museum’s access and inclusion initiative is recognized as a critical component of its planning and development.

Play For All Events

Held the second Saturday of every month, Play For All events invite children and families with disabilities to experience Chicago Children’s Museum’s inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs. The museum opens 1 hour early, at 9 am, for pre-registered guests. The first 250 visitors to register receive free admission. Group opportunities are available.

Visit our Play For All page for more details.

Wheelchair Accessibility

  • The entire museum is wheelchair accessible.

  • Elevators serve each of the museum’s 3 floors.

  • Two child-size and 3 adult-size wheelchairs are available, free of charge, at the Membership Desk on the first floor.

  • All bathrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.

  • Accessible parking is available in the Navy Pier parking garage.

  • Service animals are always welcome.

Storybook Guide

The Storybook Guide describes each of Chicago Children’s Museum’s exhibits from a child’s perspective and helps families choose exhibits to visit. The Storybook Guide, specially designed for children with developmental disabilities, is appropriate for any child who would like to know about exhibits and activities. 

Therapeutic Play Guide

The Therapeutic Play Guide offers support to children working on their therapies during a museum visit. Utilizing the museum’s rich environments, the Therapeutic Play Guide enables children to build skills in many developmental areas, including motor, sensory, language, literacy, social, cognitive, and self-care.

Assistive Devices

The following devices are available at the museum’s admissions desk:

  • Sound-reducing headphones

  • Lap trays for wheelchairs

  • Personal museum schedules

  • Visual rule cards

Parker Program

Throughout the school year, Chicago Children’s Museum welcomes students with disabilities to explore the museum’s interactive exhibits with specially-trained students from Francis W. Parker School as their guides. The program provides free transportation and museum admission to participating classrooms. For more information, contact us.

Play For All is generously supported by The Northern Trust Company.