1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. | (312)
The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the
oldest in existence today. The Adler was founded and built in 1930 by the
philanthropist Max Adler, with the assistance of the first director of the
planetarium, Philip Fox. It is located amongst many other world famous
museums on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago's Museum Campus.
The Adler is home to more than 35,000 square feet of
exhibits including scale models of the Solar System, antique
astronomical instruments, and interactive displays. The Adler's historical
collections of astronomical instruments and rare books are considered among
the finest in the world.
The Adler is the only museum in the world with two
full-size planetarium theaters.
Baha'i House of Worship
100 Linden Ave. | Wilmette | (847) 853-2300
Found in Wilmette, the Baha'i House of Worship is one of only seven Baha'i
temples in the world. Baha'is come from nearly every national, ethnic and
religious background and view all the world's major religions as a part of a
single, progressive process. This soaring temple features a nine-sided dome
(nine is a significant number in the Baha'i faith) surrounded by beautiful
fountains and gardens. The Bahai' House of Worship is open to all every day
of the year
8401 31st St | Brookfield | (708) 485-0263
This 200-acre Chicagoland favorite invites visitors to take a walk on the
wild side, encountering animals ranging from elegant zebras to the quirky
but loveable naked mole rats. Brookfield Zoo also offers amazing experiences
with its Wild Encounters program that invites wildlife lovers to experience
a bottlenose dolphin training session or try their hand at feeding a colony
of Humboldt penguins.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd | Glencoe | (847) 835-5440
The Chicago Botanic Garden is operated by the
Chicago Horticultural Society, founded 1890, for collections, education,
and research. Its ground-breaking was in 1965, with the official opening in
1972. The Chicago Botanic Garden is located minutes away from Ravinia Festval, a
world class outdoor music theatre. The Green Bay Trail, which is a walking
and bike path leads from the garden to the Ravinia business district.The
business district includes stores and restaurants such as Happy Sushi,
Ravinia Grill, Sloppy Jo's Lunchroom, Java Love, and Pierro's Pizza.
Today the garden contains some 2.2 million plants
taxa, displayed in landscape settings. One-third of the site is devoted
to horticultural display; another third is native habitats; and the
remaining third is lakes and facilities.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour
951 Chicago Ave | Oak Park | (708) 848-1976
Recognized as one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, Frank
Lloyd Wright began his career in Oak Park. The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and
Studio served as Wright's private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909.
Visitors can explore this legend's home and see how every structure Wright
created was informed by his belief that beautifully designed buildings make
a difference in our lives.
Frederick C. Robie House
5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. | U of C Campus
by the American Institute of Architects among the Top Ten Buildings of the
Century, the Robie House remains a cornerstone of modern functional form.
The home literally started a revolution in
architectural design. It is one of Wright's earlier works and one of the
very earliest examples of Prairie style. According to the Historical
American Buildings Survey, the city of Chicago's Commission on Chicago
Architectural Landmarks stated: "The bold interplay of horizontal planes
about the chimney mass, and the structurally expressive piers and windows,
established a new form of domestic design."
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Dr. | U of C Museum
The John G. Shedd Aquarium received awards for
best exhibit from the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999,
Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004.
Shedd Aquarium is also notable for its architecture.
The basic design is taken from classical Greek architecture to match the
other structures of the Museum Campus.
The central aquarium building is
octagonal, fronted by Doric columns and a formal staircase and topped by a
dome. Aquatic motifs are worked in at every opportunity; tortoise shells,
dolphins, octopuses, waves, and even the Trident of Poseidon can be found
all over the aquarium's exterior and interior. The Oceanarium is done in a
more modern style representing the Pacific Northwest, but one that blends
with the older part of the building. "Whale Harbor", the Oceanarium's 2
million gallon (7.5 million liter) main tank, is backed by a wall of windows
that look out onto Lake Michigan.
John Hancock Observatory
John Hancock Center | 875 N. Michigan
Ave. | (312) 751-3680
The Hancock Center's observation facilities
compete with the Sears Tower's
Skydeck across town. The Hancock Center is in a commercial district,
while the Sears Tower is in the financial district. The Hancock Center 94th
floor observation deck displays exhibits about the city of Chicago. Maps
explain the view in each direction and a special meshed-in area allows the
visitors to feel the winds 1,030 feet (314 m) above ground level. The
44th-floor skylobby features America's highest indoor
Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd | Glenview |
“As a leader in demonstrating the role of
interactive play in learning, Kohl Children’s Museum creates exemplary,
developmentally appropriate, hands-on educational experiences for young
children in a fun, intimate environment.”
Kohl Children's Museum is a hands-on learning
laboratory for children ages birth to 8. All of our exhibits and programs
are aligned to the Illinois State Learning Standards and are designed to
make learning fun and interesting for young children.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N. Cannon Dr. | (312) 742-2000
Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of
animals. The zoo includes polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles,
monkeys, and other species totalling nearly 1,250 animals. Also located in
Lincoln Park Zoo is a burr oak tree
which dates to 1830, three years before the city was founded. Lincoln Park
Zoo is one of two zoos in Chicagoland, the other being Brookfield Zoo;
however, Lincoln Park Zoo is the only one within the Chicago city limits and
the only one with free admission.
Two sections of Lincoln Park Zoo have been set aside
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53 | Lisle | (630) 968-0074
than 3,700 kinds of trees and other plants, beautiful landscapes and
gardens, research and education programs and year-round family activities
make this 1,700-acre outdoor museum a Chicagoland must-see destination. Kids
can explore the interactive Children's Garden, complete with a pond,
TreeFinder Grove, a miniature cornfield, a "secret" stream to splash in, and
much more. To challenge the mind, the Maze Garden offers a one-acre, living
puzzle, fun for kids and adults alike.
600 E. Grand Ave | (312) 595-7437
Rebuilt in the 1990s, the pier's current
layout includes fast-food kiosks, shops, a ballroom, a concert stage, and
convention exhibition halls.
Centerpiece attractions include a 150-foot-tall
Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater, the
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Chicago Children's Museum, and the
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.
The pier now features a large front lawn showcasing
numerous larger-than-life public art sculptures and an interactive dancing
fountain. It continues to be used as an embarkation point for tour and
excursion boats. One of its most popular yearly attraction is the
tall ships Venetian Night festival.
The pier and its grounds encompass more than 50 acres
of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants and other entertainment. Navy Pier
contains 170,000 total square feet of exhibition space, 50,000 square feet
of reception space and 48,000 square feet of meeting room space.