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
Unique museum of time and glass collections. Over 1,100 time pieces on display ranging from pocket watches to tall case clocks. The stained glass collection includes over 30 historic and valuable windows from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art presents the beauty of stone in the form of art objects, mineral specimens, gems and gem materials. People of all ages can be inspired by this unique blending of art and science, the result of over fifty years of collecting by the Joseph F. Lizzadro, Sr. family.
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is committed to providing excellence in the visual arts for the communities of Northwestern University and the greater Chicago area. The permanent collection contains strong holdings of 20th-century sculpture and 16th- to 21st-century works on paper displayed in the Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Center
The Mitchell Museum offers thousands of individual objects dedicated to the native cultures of the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast and Arctic regions of North America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for a virtual visit http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/visit/virtual-tour/
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.
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.
Your front row ticket to the golden age of Hollywood since 1969, the Theatre Historical Society of America runs two separate museums here in the York Theatre: the American Movie Palace Museum features the country’s greatest theaters in photographs, blueprints and artifacts.