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7 Chicago family attractions that 'Support Their Troops'

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Military family life can be hectic with deployments, relocating to new military installations, and the sometimes unfortunate and untimely economic hardships of a one spouse income. With all the challenges that active duty families face most don't have time to travel, let alone have the appropriate funds to plan a nice day out that coincides with the military members schedule and finances.

Fortunately, Chicago has a variety of great attractions that all United States Military and their families can benefit from. Whether one is traveling from Dover Air Force, Delaware for an extended family getaway in the Windy City or if you're just coming in from Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago there are many attractions that Support their Troops by easing some of the financial burden for United States Armed Service Members and their Families!

Here are 7 Great Chicago Attractions that Support Service Men, Women and Families:

1. U. S. Cellular Field - One of the most historic major league baseball team offers free admission to all military families! This offer is valid during any home game unless it's sold out so take advantage of a piece of Chicago history by enjoying a White Sox game with the family! Visit for more information.

2. Brookfield Zoo - Lions and Tigers and Bears; OH MY! Save $16.95 when you visit Chicago's Brookfield's Zoo. All Active Duty Military get in FREE! Visit

3. Willis Tower - Save $19 when visiting one of the most popular Chicago attractions. Once the Sears Tower, one can travel to the top and have the view of four different states for FREE! Active Duty Military Members Free only! For more information visit

4. Legoland Discovery Center - Your children and you can discover the world with legos at Legoland Discovery Center Chicago. Tickets are regularly $18, but present your military ID at the door and receive an additional $6 off for up to six people!

5. Shed Aquarium - Visit Chicago's finest tropical species at Shed Aquarium which is absolutly free for all Active-duty military personnel with proper ID. Visit the Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, the Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone or even upgrade your visit by visiting the Jellies special exhibit or the aquatic show! S

6. Field Museum - Enjoy a day out at this popular Chicago Museum by exploring dinosaur bones, the new biomachanics exhibit or just get a taste of world history all in one visit! Save $18 on basic admission when you show your active duty military ID which can also be used towards any other admission packages.

7. Navy Pier - Home of USO Chicago, Navy Pier has a variety of attractions that offer discounts to active duty military and their families including: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier IMAX Theater, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Odyssey Lunch/Dinner Cruise, Seadog Speedboat Rides and Ferris wheel and Pier Park rides. Present your military ID at all Navy Pier attractions for a military discount. In addition to the list, don't forget to visit your local base Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT) for loads of offers and discounts to various Chicago attractions: Six Flags, Chicago Bears, Chicago Wolves, Concerts, Blue Man Group Chicago, and Medieval Times. Visit Great Lakes Naval Base ITT for more great offers for Active Duty Military, Military Retirees, Reservist, and Military Dependents.

Enjoy your time in Chicago and don't forget to subscribe to The Chicago Budget Examiner for updates on related articles!

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