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The Windy City overflows with opportunities to experience culture, food and entertainment, so for your next mother-daughter or father-son day (or vice-versa), make plans to hit up these city spots or events.

For your daughter:

American Girl Place Water Tower
American Girl Place Water Tower

American Girl Place

For the reader and doll-lover in your family, a trip to the American Girl Place on Michigan Avenue will be magical. Together, you can customize a doll outfit or backpack and shop until you drop among the vast collection of American Girl dolls and accessories. Your daughter will love visiting the Doll Hair Salon, where her American Girl doll can get a new hair style or ear piercing.

Chicago Children’s Theatre

the selfish giant chicago childrens theatre
The Selfish Giant – Chicago Children’s Theatre

Since 2005, more than 280,000 youth and families have attended a production through the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Plan a night at the theater with your daughter, starting with dinner at a restaurant in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Make your way over to the Ruth Page Center for Arts to enjoy a kid-friendly performance of works like “Goodnight Moon & the Runaway Bunny” and “Snowflake.’

For your son:

Soldier Field

Touchdown! If your son plays football, he will jump at the chance to tour historic Soldier Field Stadium. Sign up for a behind the scenes tour to see firsthand the field, the visitor’s locker room, the grand concourse and more. Earn extra brownie points by snagging tickets to one of the many outdoor concerts held at Soldier Field.

Movies in the Parks

If you’re visiting the city in the summer, take advantage of the seasonal temps and enjoy one of the 240-plus outdoor movie screenings. For the 15th year, the Movies in the Parks series is screening movies like “Space Jam,” “The Giver” and “Jurassic Park” starting at dusk at parks around the city. Pack a picnic of your son’s favorite treats and an oversized blanket to enjoy the flick.