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Taking in the full size of the World War II German submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry

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Chicago, Illinois: Explore the City’s Famed Museums

By: Kaitlyn Bock

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Browsing the galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Chicago, Illinois: Explore the City’s Famed Museums

By: Kaitlyn Bock

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Children enjoying a hands-on interaction with a tarantula at The Field Museum

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Chicago, Illinois: Explore the City’s Famed Museums

By: Kaitlyn Bock

The Field Museum
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Family exploring the Art Institute of Chicago

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Chicago, Illinois: Explore the City’s Famed Museums

By: Kaitlyn Bock

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Tsunami Wave Tank captures the attention of visiting schoolchildren at the Museum of Science and Industry

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Chicago, Illinois: Explore the City’s Famed Museums

By: Kaitlyn Bock

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Wooden Egyptian coffins on display at The Field Museum

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Chicago, Illinois: Explore the City’s Famed Museums

By: Kaitlyn Bock

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Hugging the coast of Lake Michigan in Illinois, Chicago boasts a blend of natural beauty and vibrant city life.

It’s also an international standout in its cultural offerings, some of which are best experienced at Chicago’s iconic museums. Whether you want to marvel at relics from ancient Egypt, dig deeper into Earth’s history or learn about new technologies, Chicago’s renowned museums have something for everyone.

Natural Discoveries at The Field Museum

Go way back in time at The Field Museum, Chicago’s acclaimed natural history museum, located at Museum Campus. The Field Museum is a great place to let your curiosity roam and discover the wonders of the natural world. Multisensory displays and interactive exhibits act as visual storytellers, leading you on a journey through ancient earth to the modern day. Explore a treasure trove of fossils, mummies, precious gemstones and extinct animals, including “Sue,” the largest tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found. There are many big and small wonders to discover here, making it a great attraction for adults and children alike.

Learning about Earth’s history at an exhibit in The Field Museum in Chicago

Learning about Earth’s history at an exhibit in The Field Museum in Chicago
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The Field Museum

Celebrating the Masters at the Art Institute of Chicago

If visual art is more your speed, Chicago does not disappoint. Just steps from Millennium Park and the Chicago lakefront presides the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the top-ranked museums in the world by TripAdvisor. Notable collections include American, Modern and Contemporary (and some of the best Impressionist art outside of Paris). See iconic works by visionaries such as Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, among many others. The exhibitions and collections are comprehensive enough to keep you engaged all day. Enter the museum between the famous lions on Michigan Avenue or through the Modern Wing on Monroe Street. Even better, use the bridgeway from Millennium Park and you’ll catch one of the best views of Chicago. When you’re hungry, stop in at one of the museum’s popular cafés.

Listening to an audio tour at the Art Institute of Chicago

Listening to an audio tour at the Art Institute of Chicago
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Looking Forward at the Museum of Science and Industry

Explore a playground of scientific discovery at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI). Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI showcases the industrial achievements of the past with the exciting science of the future. It’s not your typical, static museum; MSI’s high-energy exhibits are fully immersive, interactive experiences. You can plunge into a working coal mine, climb aboard a real World War II German submarine, control an indoor tornado or design a sustainable city for the future. It’s also recognized as the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, so make sure to grab a map on your way in.

Looking up at "Earth Revealed" in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Looking up at "Earth Revealed" in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
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Getting There

You can reach the city of Chicago, Illinois by flying into Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport. Both are less than an hour from downtown.

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