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

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.

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180 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

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.

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111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

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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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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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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