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104 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

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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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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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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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.

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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1566 Oak Avenue, Evanston, IL, USA

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.

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3001 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201, United States

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.

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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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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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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152 N York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126, United States

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.

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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.

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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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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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.

27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073, United States

Now in its 50th year, the 30-acre Volo theme park is famous for its multimillion-dollar automobile collection of nearly 300 antique and famous cars displayed in five climate-controlled showrooms.

18 W Benton St, Aurora, IL 60506, United States

Aurora’s interactive science and technology center offers over 200 hands-on exhibits demonstrating the principles of electricity, weather, astronomy, and nuclear energy.

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