This is # 14 in my series of articles that guide single parents on where to take their kids while parenting alone in Chicago.  You might be going through a divorce, considering a divorce or just have the kids for the weekend.  Either way, it’s important to put being a parent first no matter chapter of life you are in.

The Water Tower Place is a beautiful place to spend time with your children during the holiday season. Christmas is the best time to take your kids to this gorgeous mall. There is so much to do and see at this magnificent shopping plaza. The great thing is that soaking in the atmosphere is free. There is no charge to getting inside the Water Tower Place.

The Christmas lights are an amazing experience here at this location. On every floor there are a variety of shops and lights that attract all customers and especially kids. Every time I visit the Water Tower Place during Christmas it is full of excitement and fun. But, it can be a little hectic.

Water Tower Place is known for the rich and the famous who are visiting Chicago to stop by and do some shopping on their own. Water Tower Place is right next to the Chicago Ritz-Carlton where the rich and famous will often stay (I got married here)

Kids really enjoy the many snack offerings available at the many food vendors.  Everything from popcorn to chocolate chip cookies are sold at the Water Tower Place. There is a cafeteria on the lower floors with amazing food selections for whatever palate you or your children have.

Perhaps most iconic and memorable to children is the water fountain that is placed along the wall that is seen as you go up the escalators.

If you go to Water Tower Place in the summer there is a park located directly across Pearson street.  There is a big open area with a running track and three playgrounds.  It’s in the heart of the city but it is surprisingly tranquil.  At the end of this park is a series of park benches facing out towards lake Michigan.  If you are there on a Wednesday or Saturday in the summer at 9:30 pm or 10:15 pm respectively, you’ll find empty park benches and a clear view of the Navy Pier’s fireworks display.  No one will be around except for the odd passerby, it is really a serene “only in Chicago” moment.

For little kids, there is no better way to spend a half an hour than working through the Lego store that has lots of opportunities for building.

As your kids get bigger, window shopping may loose its luster.  There is a rumor that the Dave & Busters on Clark Street will be moving into the Water Tower Place.  That would be a lot more fun for older kids.  We shall see.

Water Tower Place Address
Free entry
835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Schedule
Open from Monday through Saturday from 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

Water Tower Place Parking
Current parking rates are as follows: $23.00 for 1 hour or less. $28.00 for 1 – 2 hours. $33.00 for 2 – 3 hours.
175 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
Water Tower Place is just 1.3 miles from my Chicago law office.  Directions below: