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Chicago Children's Museum
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Committed to providing multisensory exhibits, programs and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all families. Social story and museum kits: describes each of the exhibits from a child's perspective and includes a social story, specially designed for children with developmental disabilities.
General admission: $9.
Members and children under 1 are free. Navy Pier is offering discounted parking for everyone from now through February.
Chicago Children's Museum is now offering an event just for children and families with disabilities on the second Saturday of every month called Play For All. Museum opens at 9 a.m. For families who have pre-registered, the first 100 to do so will receive free admission (limit: 6 free admissions per family). To register, call (312) 321-6551.
Discovery Center Musuem
Mornings of Fun for Everyone
711 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103
Contact: Lori Radean (815) 972-2839 or
We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center's multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day.
Cost: advanced registration required to receive free admission.
When: April 14 and Oct. 13 from 9-10 a.m.
DuPage Children's Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Autism Family Day is a special time once a month allowing families of children with autism spectrum disorders to enjoy the museum and take advantage of the many parent and community resources available to them. Families are invited to come play and utilize the augmentative communication devices available at the exhibits. Visit the museum's store and look for toys with visual interest, sensory experiences, patterns, visual tracking and cause/effect features (water wheel, boom whackers, glitter wands, marble run, squeeze toys, pinwheels, puzzles, etc.). A resource table offering visitors information, community and parent support resources is also available.
When: meets the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ages: 6 months to 12 years.
Cost: $8.50 per person; Seniors: $7.50 per person.
No wait list or reservations needed.
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Autism is a complex disorder. Our Web site provides information and resources for families with a child with autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with autistic spectrum disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals.
The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our Web site. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.