Museum of Science & Industry
57th St Beach
Just across Lake Shore Dr from the Museum of Science & Industry, 57th St Beach features an expanse of clean, golden sand. Surfers...
Enchanted Osaka Garden floats in Jackson Park. Birds flit through the sunlight, turtles swim in the lagoons, and stone-cut lanterns dot...
Of the numerous buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed around Chicago, none is more famous or influential than Robie House. The...
New Checkerboard Lounge
When the original location of this Bronzeville blues room closed in 2003, enthusiasts mourned – until it reopened in this bigger,...
The menu of thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches and salads draws U of C students to this colorful cafe and bakery. For breakfast, try the...
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Lonely Planet review
Sure, the nine permanent exhibits of this enormous museum examine just about every aspect of life on Earth, but its pleasures are in the details: chicks struggling to peck their way out of shells in the baby chick hatchery, the whimsical little high jinks of wooden puppets in the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre and the minuscule furnishings in Colleen Moore’s fairy castle. If you want to go big, explore the German U-boat captured during WWII ($8 extra to tour it), take a (rather frightening) tour through industrial agriculture, or climb into the life-sized shaft of a coal mine.
The main building of the museum served as the Palace of Fine Arts at the landmark 1893 World’s Expo, which was set in the surrounding Jackson Park. When you’ve had your fill of space capsules, coal mines and Zephyrs at the museum, the park makes an excellent setting to recuperate.