With so many incredible attractions, see what is available to explore!

The Art institute – This fascinating museum flanked by two towering lion statues, was originally built as both a center for fine arts and a school.  It was developed after the great Chicago fire of 1871, which was a critical time for the city to rebuild and curate spaces people wanted to visit.  It is one of the oldest and largest museums in the US and hosts up to 1.5 million people annually. Stand in awe at the famous Monet paintings, Warhol and Rembrandt creations, or marvel at the contemporary art and unique and ever-changing exhibits featuring items from around the globe and throughout history.

Museum of Science and Industry – Located just off beautiful Lake Shore Drive, MSI has a wide collection of captivating and interactive exhibits. Bringing science to life is the main objective and therefore many of the experiences are hands on.  Discover the American food chain, from farmstead to dinner table, the history of bicycles, visual stories at the giant dome theatre or explore a real German submarine.  MSI Chicago is the largest science-based museum sitting in the Western hemisphere and has been host to a wide variety of conferences and lectures.

Shedd Aquarium – The Shedd Aquarium Society was founded in 1924 with an initial donation from John G. Shedd, which the former President of store giant Marshall Field & Company felt was an important addition for the city of Chicago.  He envisioned a unique building holding a collection of aquatic species from around the world which would also compliment the existing Art Institute and Field Museum.  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, today, this indoor underwater wonder is home to approximately 32,000 aquatic animals. You can learn about giant Pacific octopuses, and the reefs of the Caribbean.  The lakefront Oceanarium allows you to see Pacific white-sided dolphins and also has up close encounters with Belugas, sea otters and penguins.

Field Museum – The Museum of Natural history (also known as the Field Museum) boasts being one of the largest history museums in the world. Here, nature and culture are combined to inspire visitors and showcase artifacts from around the globe. As we encounter global environmental changes, now more than ever the museum focuses on education and research.  Iconic and tremendously unique event spaces can be found here and as they say at the Field Museum – “Choose a venue with a little history”.

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