The Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago is a children’s museum in Glenview, Illinois, also home to our Staefa Control Systems Pest Control, which offers a hands-on learning laboratory for children aged one to eight. The museum was founded in 1985 by Dolores Kohl, the daughter of Kohl’s founder. The museum’s 8.8-acre facility contains a 46,700-square-foot museum structure and a 2-acre outdoor exhibit space.
The museum opened in 1985 as an extension of the Kohl Teaching Center. It was on Green Bay Road in Wilmette, Illinois. The museum moved to a new home in Glenview, Illinois, in 2005. The new facility is at “The Glen,” a redeveloped site of the former Naval Air Station Glenview. The new structure is rough twice the size of the old one.
Guests with any level of physical, visual, aural, or cognitive disability are welcome at the museum. All public places are fully ADA compliant. Universal design ideas went beyond making things accessible by leveraging multimodal experiences as teaching aids. These experiences can be enjoyed by persons of all physical, visual, aural, and mental capacities.
An eco-friendly and energy-efficient building at the Kohl Children’s Museum has earned Silver-level accreditation from the US Green Building Council as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building.
In both the indoor and outdoor exhibit areas, which are open all year, signage and activities provide hands-on learning opportunities for children and families about environmental issues.
The Kohl Children’s Museum has 17 interactive, hands-on displays. Every year, around 350,000 individuals visit the Kohl Children’s Museum. Over 7,500 families are members of the museum.
The museum’s Early Childhood Connections program has helped underserved and at-risk populations for years. In 2007 and 2008, the museum created outreach initiatives on anti-bias campaigns and healthy lifestyles.