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Amusements

  • Chicago Children's Museum
    700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    Located at Navy Pier
    312-527-1000, A special place of education, exploration, and stimulation, this museum is the number one children's museum in Chicago and offers unique, hand-on exhibits and activities... more info  map

  • Deep River Waterpark
    9001 East Lincoln Highway (US 30), Crown Point, IN 46307
    Located Within the Chicagoland Metro Area
    219-947-7850, "The Indiana's premiere, Chicagoland's largest and the Midwest's favorite family waterpark." Generally open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. They offer discount... more info

  • Hancock Observatory, The
    875 North Michigan Avenue, Ninety-Fourth Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
    Located at the John Hancock Center
    312-751-3675, This observatory towers over 1,000 feet above Chicago and features an open air Skywalk, the Midwest's highest open air experience, as well as a Chicago history wall, and... more info  map

  • Navy Pier
    600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-595-PIER, Visitors to this Chicago landmark will enjoy a ferris wheel, carousel, and Wave Swinger, as well as a children's museum, an IMAX theatre, an 18 hole miniature golf... more info  map

  • Odyssey Fun World
    19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60477
    Located in Tinley Park
    708-429-3800, Voted Chicago Southland's "Best Family Fun Center" and "Best Miniature Golf Course," this amusement center offers numerous indoor and outdoor attractions including 250... more info  map

  • Sears Tower Skydeck
    233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
    312-875-9696, The tallest building in the world, this building stands over 1,700 feet tall and features a skydeck overlooking the west side of Chicago's downtown Loop. more info  map

  • Shedd Aquarium
    1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
    312-939-2438, This aquarium opened in 1929 and is one of the oldest public aquariums. Over 6,000 aquatic animals representing more than 700 species from all parts of the world are... more info  map

  • Wheel Fun Rentals
    5200 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60640
    Located at Foster Beach
    773-561-5044, Wheel Fun Rentals has two great locations within Foster Beach. Their cycle rentals are located at the main parking lot and watercraft are available at the Beach House,... more info  map

  • XTreme Trampolines
    485 Mission Street, Carol Stream, IL 60188
    630-752-1400, Xtreme Trampolines is the first ever indoor trampoline park in the Chicagoland area. They are excited to bring jumping joy to all those trampoline lovers in Illinois. more info

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Clarke House Museum
    1827 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
    Located in the Prairie Avenue Historic District
    312-326-1480, The oldest domestic structure in Chicago, this Greek Revival house was built by the Henry B. Clarke family and is filled with furnishings and wallpaper from the period. ... more info  map

  • Cuneo Museum and Gardens
    1350 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60061
    Located in Vernon Hills
    847-362-3042, Situated on 75 serene acres that includes lakes, fountains, formal gardens, antique classical statuary, a private nine hole golf course, and a conservatory housing... more info  map

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie House
    5757 Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
    Located On the Campus of the University of Chicago
    773-834-1847, Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this spectacular Prairie style house is considered an architectural masterpiece and features 174 exquisite art glass windows... more info  map

  • Glessner House Museum
    1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
    Located in the Prairie Avenue Historic District
    312-326-1480, Explore Chicago's history and architecture by touring this magnificent house that was built by H.H. Richardson and is the only surviving Richardson building in the... more info  map

  • Old Saint Patrick's Church
    700 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661
    312-648-1021, Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old St. Patrick’s was founded as the first English-speaking parish in the city. One of the few buildings to... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Pritzker Military Museum & Library
    104 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
    312-374-9333, Open to the public Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and until 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, The Pritzker Military Museum & Library's mission... more info

  • ABA Museum of Law
    750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-988-6222, This museum exhibits and documents famous trials in American history that shaped and shocked the nation. Sensational trials featured at this museum including the Lizzie... more info  map

  • Art Institute of Chicago
    111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
    312-443-3600, Founded in 1879, The Art Institute of Chicago houses a collection spanning 5,000 years of artistic expression in medias such as paintings, prints and drawings,... more info  map

  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
    6500 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629
    Located in the West Lawn Neighborhood of Chicago
    773-582-6500, "The Balzekas Museum is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture." more info

  • Brauer Museum of Art
    Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL 46383
    Located in Valparaiso
    219-464-5365, A nationally recognized collection of 19th and 20th century American art is showcased at this museum that focuses on American and international religious art. more info

  • Bronzeville Children's Museum
    9301 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
    773-721-9301, An interactive children's museum that relates to the contributions and culture of African-Americans. more info

  • Chicago Cultural Center
    78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
    312-744-6630, Chicago's architectural showplace for the lively and visual arts, this landmark historic building also offers daily programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the... more info  map

  • Chicago History Museum
    1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
    Located at the South End of Lincoln Park
    312-642-4600, "The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history." more info

  • David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The
    5550 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
    Located on the Hyde Park Campus
    773-702-0200, A focal point for art in the Chicago area, this museum houses a permanent collection of over 8,000 objects that spans five centuries of both Western and Eastern... more info  map

  • DuSable Museum of African American History
    740 East Fifty-Sixth Place, Chicago, IL 60637
    773-947-0600, Dedicated to the collection, preservation, study, and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent, this museum is the first and... more info

  • Field Museum, The
    1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
    312-922-9410, Part of a 57-acre lakefront museum campus that includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium, near Soldier Field, the Charter One Pavilion and Grant... more info  map

  • International Museum of Surgical Science
    1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
    312-642-6502, Located in a historic landmark mansion, this museum contains over 10,000 objects related to the history of surgery with artifacts featured on all four floors of the... more info  map

  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
    800 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607
    The University of Illinois at Chicago
    312-413-5353, Located in two of the original settlement house buildings, the Hull Home, a National Historic Landmark; and the Arts and Crafts-style Residents' Dining Hall, "the Museum... more info  map

  • Martin D’Arcy Collection
    820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-915-7600, The only museum in Chicago that showcases Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, this museum is situated on the north shore of Lake Michigan and features over 500... more info  map

  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
    1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
    Located in the Pilson/Little Village Community
    312-738-1503, Situated in the largest Mexican community in the Midwest, this museum showcases the art and culture of Mexico and features multiple exhibits, lectures, and special... more info  map

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    Located in the Magnificent Mile
    312-280-2660, MCA houses a magnificent collection of contemporary art since 1945. Medias include painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. This museum also... more info  map

  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
    600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
    Columbia College Chicago
    312-663-5554, Presents "projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies." more info

  • National Hellenic Museum
    333 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
    312-655-1234, The 40,000 square foot National Hellenic Museum is "America’s only national institution that interprets the American experience through the history of Greek... more info

  • National Veterans Art Museum
    4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60641
    Historic Portage Park Neighborhood
    312-326-0270, The National Veterans Art Museum's permanent collection consists of more than 2,500 works of art by more than 250 veteran artists, including paintings, photography,... more info

  • Oriental Institute Museum, The
    1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
    773-702-9514, “Promotes interest in and understanding of ancient civilizations of the Middle East, and their connections to the modern world.” The Oriental Institute... more info

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, The
    2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
    773-755-5100, The Chicago Academy of Sciences' Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum provides hands-on science instruction, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, a 2,700 square foot... more info

  • Polish Museum of America, The
    984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
    773-384-3352, One of the United State’s first ethnic museums, the Polish Museum of America "collects, preserves, interprets and promotes materials, artifacts and history that... more info

  • Swedish American Museum
    5211 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
    Andersonville
    773-728-8111, "The Swedish American Museum is a nonprofit museum and cultural center for the education, celebration and interpretation of Swedish American history and culture in... more info

  • Ukrainian National Museum, The
    2249 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60612
    312-421-8020, Houses over 1,140 artifacts, including those related to traditional folk arts, agricultural tools, artwork, musical instruments, household utensils, and souvenir... more info

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Camp Sagawau
    12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL 60439
    630-257-2045, A 12 acre dedicated nature preserve and environmental educational facility that features a canyon estimated to be 100,000 years old and offers a variety of seasonal... more info  map

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
    1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL 60022
    Located in Glencoe
    847-835-5440, Situated on 385 serene acres, this relaxing venue features 23 spectacular gardens set on a series of islands and lakes that contain over two million plants. Three... more info  map

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
    300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624
    312-746-5100, Open year round, the Garfield Park Conservatory is the sister facility of the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Visitors will be able to enjoy its six greenhouses and two... more info  map

  • Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
    2453 Vollmer Road, Chicago, IL 60461
    Located in Olympia Fields
    708-481-2330, Home to diverse wildlife and habitats, this 37 acre nature preserve offers a wide variety of educational programs including environmental education, adventure education,... more info  map

  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
    312-742-2000, Visitors will find several species of fish, invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians with more than 2,300 individual animals at Lincoln Park Zoo, accredited by the... more info  map

  • Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
    9800 South 104th Street, Chicago, IL 60480
    Located in Willow Springs
    708-839-6897, Designed to educate visitors about the importance of wildlife and environment, this forest preserve nature center was once a schoolhouse built in 1886 and sits on land... more info

  • Plum Creek Nature Center
    27064 Dutton Road, Chicago, IL 60401
    Located in Beecher
    708-946-2216, A fine educational and recreational nature center that features local natural history exhibits and hands-on displays for children plus offers family programs throughout... more info

  • Wolfe Wildlife Refuge
    109th & Laramie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60453
    Located in Oak Lawn Park District
    708-857-2200, Explore the natural beauty and animal habitats of this beautiful 45 acre wetlands preserve that offers visitors activities such as bird surveys, seed collections, and... more info  map

Science & Technology

  • Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
    1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
    312-922-STAR, "The first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere," this planetarium opened in 1930 and fuels the imagination of its visitors with exhibits and state-of-the-art... more info  map

  • McDonald's-The Future at Navy Pier
    600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-832-1640, A wide range of laser light shows, videos, and gadgets to fascinate children of all ages is on site at this exciting and unique facility that also includes a 7,000... more info  map

  • Museum of Science and Industry
    57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
    773-684-1414, The restored and converted Palace of Fine Arts, the last remaining major structure from the 1893 World's Fair, opened in 1933 to the public as the Museum of Science and... more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • American Sightseeing Tours
    17 East Monroe Street (Street Level), Chicago, IL 60603
    Palmer House Hotel (Gray Line Ticket Office)
    312-251-3100, Established in 1907, American Sightseeing Tours offers sightseeing trolley and coach bus tours and shuttle bus services in Chicago. more info

  • Black CouTours
    P.O. Box 201896, Chicago, IL 60620
    773-233-8907, Black CouTours is a destination planning service that specializes in tours of Black American heritage, history, culture, and entertainment. more info

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
    224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
    312-922-TOUR, This foundation offers an exciting mix of over 65 tours, as well as exhibitions, lectures, and special events, that are designed to enhance the public's appreciation of... more info  map

  • Chicago Cruises
    330 North Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611
    Cruise Chicago's Summer of George provides private chartered cruises of all kinds. Specializing in corporate meetings and social outings, they can accommodate any group... more info  map

  • Chicago Detours
    435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
    312-350-1131, Chicago Detours offers walking tours that are smart, engaging and different. They explore the real Chicago - from the past into the present day. more info  map

  • Chicago Elevated
    773-593-4873, Chicago Elevated is a new kind of tour company. Looking for something a little rebellious? Off the beaten path? Looking for something as entertaining as it is... more info

  • Chicago Food Planet Tours
    830 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    212-202-3370, Hungry for an authentic Chicago culinary and cultural experience? Chicago Food Planet specializes in Food Tours through Chicago's most historic, delicious neighborhoods.... more info  map

  • Chicago Line Cruises
    465 North McClurg Court, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-527-1977, 60- and 90-minute architectural cruises, cocktail architectural cruises, Chicago History Museum river cruises, and fireworks cruises. more info

  • Chicago Neighborhood Tours
    78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
    312-742-1190, "Visit the World, One Neighborhood at a Time" with this tour company that offers interesting tours of specific areas in Chicago including tours of Uptown, Chinatown,... more info  map

  • Chicago Pizza Tours
    27 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
    630-842-0372, See Chicago one slice at a time as you ride around town on this comfortable bus and stop at four different pizzerias in four different neighborhoods. Chicago has so much... more info

  • Chicago Theater Stories Walking Tour
    Southwest Corner of Randolph & Michigan
    773-508-4894, A storytelling walking tour of the Chicago downtown theater district. Tours daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Reservation required.  more info

  • City Segway Tours
    910 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 130, Chicago, IL 60605
    312-819-0186, Guided Segway tours. more info

  • Mercury Cruises
    112 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
    312-332-1353, Chicago city day and night tours, Chicago fireworks cruises, Chicago river cruises, Lake Michigan cruises, and Chicago's only canine cruise. Tours depart from the... more info

  • Mystic Blue Cruises
    600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    Mystic Blue provides casual and fun dining cruises in Chicago. more info  map

  • Odyssey
    445 East Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-321-7620, Climb aboard this elegant, climate controlled yacht for unique brunch, lunch, dinner, and moonlight cruises and enjoy sumptuous appetizers, entrees, and desserts while... more info  map

  • Presidential Bike Tour
    740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637
    DuSable Museum
    312-729-1000, Ride in the footsteps of Chicago's favorite son, Barack Obama, and learn about the 44th President's amazing journey to the White House. This easy riding 2.5 hour bike... more info

  • Shoreline Sightseeing
    600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    Navy Pier
    312-222-9328, A variety of tours are offered by this tour company including water taxi tours, skyline lake tours, and architecture cruises where you'll learn how Chicago architects... more info  map

  • Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours
    29 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-929-4333, Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours is the original deep-dish pizza Chicago tour. While enjoying Chicago sightseeing on these Chicago walking tours, taste samples of Chicago's... more info  map

  • Weird Chicago Tours
    888-446-7859, Most tours of the Windy City's haunted places, crime spots and weird locations are three hours long. Tours depart from outside the McDonald's at 600 North Clark Street. more info

  • Wendella Boat Tours
    400 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    312-337-1446, "Chicago's original and most comprehensive boat tour," this tour company provides live narration of the famous sites and history of this city. They also operate a water... more info  map

Vineyards, Wineries & Breweries

  • Goose Island Brewing Company
    1800 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL 60612
    Since 1988 Goose Island has consistently brewed Chicago's finest and freshest hand-crafted ales and lagers. Brewermeister, Greg Hall, produces a variety of unmatched... more info  map

  • Three Floyds Brewing
    9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster, IN 46321
    219-922-3565, A small, artisanal craft brewery. Tours are offered on Saturdays on a first come, first serve basis. The brew pub offers a variety of snacks, small plates, sandwiches,... more info  map

  • Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
    10033 South Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643
    773-233-7579, The only producer of mead on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail, Chicago's first winery creates wine and mead using locally produced ingredients. more info

  

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