The Oriental Institute

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1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL, United States
1155 East 58th Street Chicago Illinois 60637 US

The Oriental Institute is a sometimes-overlooked treasure with an amazing collection of artifacts from ancient cultures. It’s closed on holidays. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 for adults. It hosts a number of special exhibits and events throughout the year, including a film each Sunday afternoon and the current special exhibit.

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740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL, United States 0.86 km

This very important museum focuses on the life, culture and history of black Americans. Year-round, the museum features many activities for kids and adults, including lectures, performances and more. Admission is free on Sundays.

South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States 2.07 km

Learn about science in exciting, interactive ways! General admission costs $18. Don’t miss some of the great permanent exhibits, including the kid-friendly Idea Factory, Earth Revealed, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, the U-505 Submarine, “YOU! The Experience,” exploring our health and well-being in a personal and interactive way, and “Science Storms,” which recreates lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and gravity.

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2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA 7.49 km

Celebrating the life of Willie Dixon. Tours offered daily.

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1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL, United States 8.71 km

The Field is a fantastic place for families to learn about dinosaurs, ancient cultures, bugs and all sorts of fascinating bits of natural history.

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1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States 8.74 km

The Grainger Sky Theatre is fabulous, and exhibits include the kid-friendly “Planet Explorers” and much more! Check out the Adler’s 3-D movies as well.

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL, United States 8.82 km

Home to belugas, dolphins, otters, turtles, fish and much more, the Shedd is a great place to be year-round. Check the daily schedule for Wild Reef dives, Caribbean Reef dives, and special events.General admission costs $8, and does not give you access to the Oceanarium or Wild Reef. A Shedd Pass, which provides admission to those, costs $28.95.

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111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, United States 10.28 km

There’s always something going on here, whether it’s a new exhibition or a fun event. Note that the museum offers Target Free Thursday Evenings with free general admission from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday evening. Admission costs are: adults cost $23, Chicago residents with proof pay $18 and students/seniors pay $17. Kids under 14 are free; special exhibitions are now free with the price of admission. Also, check the museum schedule for daily gallery talks on popular artists and exhibits. Tours, social get-togethers, family events, workshops, classes, performances and other related events are also available.

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104 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States 10.41 km

Founded by Colonel J. N. Pritzker, Illinois Army National Guard, the museum and library houses an extensive collection of books and related military history material including thousands of artifacts, maps, letters, and manuscripts.

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180 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, USA 10.95 km

Celebrating American writers, their works, and influence on the history of the United States with innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, events, and compelling programming.

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, United States 12.17 km

Get a cutting-edge art education at the MCA, one of the largest facilities in the nation devoted to the innovation of modern artists. There’s always something going on, so beat the cold and come on in. The museum offers Target Free Tuesdays all day long every week, and is closed on Mondays.

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2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL, United States 15.61 km

This Lincoln Park museum features many activities, including animal feedings, science workshops and butterfly releases, and features a permanent butterfly exhibit with 75 different species from around the world. Come for the fun! Thursdays are “suggested donation” days. Check the daily schedule for walks, family programs and more every single day.

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615 Garfield St, Oak Park, IL 60304, United States 18.37 km

The Oak Park Conservatory displays greenery from around the world. In the Tropic House, tropical plants such as papaya, coffee, cacao, and bananas abound. Visitors can also find begonias, orchids and carnivorous plants in the Fern House and cacti, aloes and jade plants in the arid climate of the Desert House.

200 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, United States 19.8 km

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.

951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, United States 20.41 km

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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2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171, United States 24.41 km

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.

3800 York Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523, United States 27.58 km

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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Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL 60201, United States 29.22 km

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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