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1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL, United States

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.

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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2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL, United States

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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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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2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

Celebrating the life of Willie Dixon. Tours offered daily.

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

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

220 South Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126, United States

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.

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