Chicago Region

Illinois Attractions for the Chicago Region

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum - The first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Its astronomy programs have reached over 35 million people during the past 71 years. Seven state-of-the-art exhibition galleries located in the stunning new Sky Pavilion and the recently renovated landmark 1930s building present modern space exploration along with the history of astronomy.

The Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry - Climb aboard the Pioneer Zephyr, the world's first streamlined train. Go inside The U-505 a German World War II submarine. See the largest collection of Jordan artifacts ever assembled. All this and much more at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

The Hancock Observatory

The Hancock Observatory - Enjoy Skywalk 94 floors and over 1,000 feet above the ground, which offers breathtaking views of the city, Lake Michigan and surrounding states. See Windows on Chicago a great virtual-visit of Chicago's greatest attractions. Learn the history of Chicago at The History Wall.

The Chicago Athenaeum : Museum of Architecture and - An International Museum of Architecture and Design, appropriately based in the world's first city of modern architecture and design - Chicago. The Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning.

Millennium Park - A state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design, and art in the heart of Chicago that provides the backdrop for hundreds of free programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.

Lyric Opera of Chicago - The world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, performs in one of North America's most beautiful opera houses, the Civic Opera House.

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze - Located on historic Navy Pier, the Maze is a self paced, sensory experience where you will navigate your way through 4000 square feet of tunnels, mazes and fun. Interactive games, informative narration and a good sense of direction will help you find your way out and bring the history of Chicago to life!

Museum of Contemporary Art - Features some of the finest contemporary sculptures, painting, photography, video, music, dance and performance.

Chicago Center for the Performing Arts - The fully-integrated entertainment facility is not only a renowned performing arts and conference center, but also provides support for the independent film, television and theatrical community in the Chicagoland area.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Founded in 1857, the Chicago Academy of Sciences established Chicago's first museum and only museum to specialize in the ecology and natural history of the Midwest from the Great Lakes to the prairies. Today, the Academy is a vital cultural and educational institution dedicated to promoting scientific literacy for all citizens.

Fun Time Square - Fully equipped with paintball fields, go kart trucks, kiddie karts, bumper boats, space train, mini golf, batting cages, arcade game rooms and many, many more. There's no way you can't have a good time!

National Museum of Mexican Art - The purpose of the Museum is to stimulate and preserve the knowledge and appreciation of the Mexican culture as it manifests itself in and outside of Mexico. The Museum defines the Mexican culture as a culture sin fronteras (without borders) including the traditional and contemporary artistic expressions of Mexico and of Mexican communities within the U.S.

DuSable Museum of African-American History - The only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the historical experiences and achievements of African Americans.

Chicago History Museum - The Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. It cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history.

Tommy Gun’s Garage Dinner and Show - Chicago's longest running interactive dinner show. Set in the twenties, this musical comedy puts you in with the "flappers" and the "gangsters" singing, dancing, and plenty of audience participation and laughing.

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago - Collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world's diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession's highest ethical standards and practices.

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium - Creatures from the Waters of the World – rivers and reefs, Great Lakes and small ones, and the global ocean. So take a tour of the water planet. Other areas include Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising's flooded forest, Polar Play zone, and more.

The Field Museum

The Field Museum - One of the world’s great museums of science, environment and culture. Inside its halls you’ll find Sue, the world’s largest T. Rex, 23 Egyptian mummies, and more than 35 other world-renowned exhibitions. The Museum is also a hub of scholarly learning, with more than 70 scientists conducting research throughout the world.

Skydeck Chicago

Skydeck Chicago - Step outside the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge's glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from Skydeck.

The Chicago Theatre - Nicknamed the "Wonder Theatre of the World," the 3,605-seat Chicago Theatre remains entrenched in the hearts of the people of Greater Chicago and the Midwest, a vital part of both the history of State Street and the future of the North Loop Theatre District. The theatre hosts a variety of big-name shows year-round.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Rich in tradition. Innovative in vision. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a musical force in Chicago and around the world. 200 performances and events a year. 110 talented musicians. Three internationally-renowned conductors. An award-winning composer-in-residence.

The Noble Horse Theatre - A spectacular performance with over 30 horses and riders from around the world. Daring Cossack riders, Arabian horses in lavish costumes and the famous white stallions. Enjoyable to all ages.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater - In the heart of Chicago’s vibrant downtown and in a beautiful courtyard-style theater just like those he wrote for, Shakespeare’s work comes to life. Powerful! Emotional! Intense! And intimate—with the actors and audience just feet away from one another.

Navy Pier - As Chicago's lakefront playground, Navy Pier offers visitors a unique mix of family-oriented attractions. From the quiet, serene setting of the Family Pavilion's Crystal Gardens to the breathtaking views atop the 150-foot Ferris wheel, Navy Pier offers attractions for everyone.

Apollo Theater - A lush venue with a prestigious reputation, located in Chicago's fashionable Lincoln Park theatre district. It's repertoire includes fresh blend of comedies , musicals, and special events.

Lincoln Park Zoo - A premier Chicago attraction, Lincoln Park Zoo each year welcomes more than three million visitors, providing them with remarkable learning experiences as well as fun and enjoyment. Famous for its historical structures, the zoo has succeeded at combining state-of-the-art animal and visitor facilities with beautiful architectural reflections of past times and sensibilities.

Museum of Broadcast Communications - One of only two broadcast museums in America. The museum features wonderful television and radio memorabilia that bring the audiovisual world to life.

Chicago Children's Museum - Three floors of unique, hands-on exhibits that are as big as a kid's imagination. Chicago Children's Museum also offers new exhibits and special performances.

Chicago Architecture Foundation - Exhibitions encourage people to discover the spaces, places, and structures that shape Chicago and all communities. Comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities

Robie House - Located on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Created by the world-famous Frank Lloyd Wright.

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