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How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?

Chicago has many well-maintained parks and playgrounds where children can play sports and interact with other children their age. Many restrooms have diaper changing tables and facilities. Sidewalks are stroller-friendly, except for downtown due to large crowds and a fast-paced atmosphere.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?

In order to operate, day care centers have to meet safety and staffing requirements. The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies can give you a list of reliable childcare providers via their below website. This organization works with parents, childcare providers and government leaders to ensure that child care standards are high. Neighbors and colleagues can also recommend day care centers.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.

The concerns of parents in Chicago are the same as those in other very large urban areas. Although Chicago is a safe city, parental guidance and responsibility are important to a child's safety.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?

Favorite attractions are as follows:

  • Navy Pier and the Chicago Children's Museum

  • Museum of Science and Industry

  • Shedd Aquarium

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Brookfield Zoo (14 miles west of downtown)

  • Six Flags Great America (50 miles north of downtown)

  • Wrigley Field - Chicago Cubs

  • US Cellular Field - Chicago White Sox

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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?

Most schools -- as well as your local YMCA, park district and community center - offer after school programs and activities. Many children join sports teams; take music lessons, dance classes, karate and practice many other hobbies.
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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?

Being a teenager in Chicago is just like being a teenager anywhere else. Most teenagers are involved in school activities such as sports, theater and clubs. Teens like hanging out at the shopping malls, going to the movies and sporting events and spending time with friends. Since the legal drinking age in the US is 21, teenagers will not be able to go to dance clubs or hang out at pubs as they may have done in their home country.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?

Your school and neighbors could recommend organizations and social clubs in your community.
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I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?

The City of Chicago promotes kid's activities and family fun through cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the free festivals, movies and dancing in the parks during the summer months, concerts, parades and numerous other events. For a current calendar of events, check the City of Chicago's Web site listed below.
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