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500 e College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187, United States

With visually commanding displays employing thousands of artifacts, photos and video clips, Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center Museum takes you through history to the heart of evangelism in American today, and into the private and public life of its best-known spokesman, Billy Graham.

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South Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187, United States

Cantigny Park is home to the First Division Museum (voted Best Museum in the Daily Herald 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards), the Robert R. McCormick Museum and more than 30 acres of formal gardens, picnic grounds and nature trails.

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2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171, United States

Explore the wonders of the universe and the latest discoveries in astronomy, space exploration, and earth science at the Cernan Earth and Space Center, a unique space-age facility that combines education and entertainment for people of all ages.

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9511 East Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL 60018, United States

This museum houses the world’s largest collection of M.I. Hummels figurines and includes ANRI woodcarvings.

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301 N Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540, United States

Children’s familiar experiences expand through self-directed, interactive exhibits and programs focusing on the integration of the arts and sciences.

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102 E Wesley St, Wheaton, IL 60187, United States

This institution is dedicated to preserving the history of DuPage county, and features information about details of daily life as well as major events.

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120 E Park Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, United States

Ongoing exhibits tell the history of the city of Elmhurst as well as the Glos Mansion.

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200 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, United States

The first twenty years of Ernest Hemingway’s life are the subject of the Museum’s exhibitions and videos. Permanent exhibitions highlight four main themes: Hemingway’s family life, the important role the outdoors played in his development, his education in the Oak Park public schools, and his pivotal experiences in World War I.

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Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL 60201, United States

This is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1898 to preserve and share Evanston history. EHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Evanston’s past through the Charles Gates Dawes House, interactive and engaging museum exhibits, research room and collections, educational programs and book publishing.

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1000 W Wood Ave, Bensenville, IL 60106, United States

Believed to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in DuPage County, this five-acre site was first established in 1838. Set in a forest preserve with prairie, wetland and woodland elements, it’s a good place to enjoy nature and history.

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361 S La Fox St, South Elgin, IL 60177, United States

The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys, many from long-vanished tracks that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, Aurora and Yorkville.

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951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, United States

The home and studio of America’s most renowned architect is open daily for guided interior tours. As Wright’s personal design laboratory for the first twenty years of his career as well as the place where he raised his family, this National Historic Landmark features some of the most spectacular spaces in American architecture.

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2040 Lehigh Ave, Glenview, IL 60026, United States

Dedicated to preserving the memory of those who served at Glenview’s naval air station.

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3800 York Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523, United States

Graue Mill is the only operating waterwheel gristmill in Illinois, and one of only three authenticated Underground Railroad sites in the state. Come for milling, spinning, weaving and living history presentations, and view artifacts that illustrate the way local residents lived between 1850-1890

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Naval Station Great Lakes, North Chicago, IL, United States

The Great Lakes Naval Museum shows the history of the Navy in the Great Lakes area. Photography and memorabilia are on display.

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9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 60077, United States

Exhibits in this $45 million, 65,000 sq. ft. space include artifacts from Simon Wiesenthal, an original volume of the Nuremberg trial transcripts, a German railcar, art from concentration camps and a collection of letters, postcards and other documents.

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7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180, United States

Relive the glory days of the railroad at this museum, which hosts one of the largest collections of railway equipment in the country. Over 400 pieces of equipment—including electric, steam and diesel engines and cars—are preserved, restored and operated here.

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2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026, United States

Here’s a place for your kids (up to age 8) to play in a safe and educational yet inspiring environment. They can enjoy water play, musical instruments, an outdoor habitat, a grocery store, an animal hospital, a car care room and other fun areas.

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1899 W Winchester Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048, United States

Hands-on interactive exhibits introduce the history of Lake County in a fun learning environment. The museum also displays the nation’s largest permanent exhibition on the history and significance of postcards. A local artist gallery displays art from Chicagoland artists.

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