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Jane Addams Hull House 800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607
Historical exhibit of ethnic settlements in Chicago. 45-60 minute tour, slide show and discussion. Free, closed Monday and Saturday. Advance reservations for group visits are required and may be made by calling the museum at (312) 413-5353.
Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
Explore stars and planets. Basic Admission is free on Mondays and Tuesdays Sept 15 through Feb. There is a fee for the sky show. Call 312-294-0361 for group sales information.
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60613
Hands on children's center. Tuesday free. Call or see website for current exhibits 312-443-3600
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture 6500 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629
The Balzekas Museum collects, researches and presents to the public, artifacts of Lithuanian art and culture. The museum includes an art gallery, library, archives, a children's museum, a geneology society and permanent displays.
Blackberry Farm Pioneer Village 100 S. Barnes Rd, Aurora, IL 60506
Working nineteenth century village. Rides included in admission. Operated by the Fox Valley Park District. Reservations, 630-892-1550
Cantigny Gardens 1 S 115 Winfield, Wheaton, IL 60187
500 acre estate features War Memorial Museum, mansion, and vast gardens. Call (630) 668-5161 for seasonal hours, fees, and events.
Cernan Earth & Space Center 2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171
Located at Triton College. Planetarium with sky and laser light shows. Exhibits include space exploration and Illinois fossils. Call for current schedule and reservations, (708) 583-3100
Chicago Children's Museum 700 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Located at Navy Pier, museum features three floors of hands-on exhibits. Call 312-527-1000 for more information.
DuPage Children's Museum 301 N. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540
Exhibits, programs and workshops stimulate creativity and provide challenge in arts and sciences. Call (630) 637-8000 for current information.
DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637
Explore African American history and culture. Free on Sundays. Information: (773) 947-0600
Field Museum of Natural History 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
From diamonds to dinosaurs, explore the treasures of the natural world! Daily hours 9am-5pm. Basic Admission is free on Mondays and Tuesdays Sept 15 through Feb. Call (312) 665-7300 for group rates and reservations.
Graue Mill and Museum York and Spring Rds., Oak Brook, IL 60521
Built in 1852, the mill is one of 3 authenticated underground railway stations in Illinois where runaway slaves found a haven. Open April through mid November. Closed Mondays except holidays. Group sizes 45 people or less. Call 630-655-2090 or 630-920-9720 for information and group reservations.
Illinois Railway Museum 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL
Ride behind a steam locomotive or a rare diesel engine. I-90 North to Highway 20 Marengo exit. Follow signs to Union, IL. Call 1-800-BIG RAIL for more information.
Kohl Children's Museum 165 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, IL 60091
Hands-on exhibits for children 2-10. Call 1-847-512-1300 for current schedule and admission fees.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art 220 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126
How do ordinary "rocks" become lapidary art? Find out here! Closed Monday, free admission on Friday.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Kendall College, 2600 Central Park Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Houses over 6,000 North American Indian objects dating from the Paleo-Indian period through the present day. Group tours available. For current exhibits, information, and reservations, call (847) 475-1030.
Museum of Broadcast Communications Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue at Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Examine contemporary American history through television and radio. Call the MBC Tour Reservation Line at 312-629-6018 for info on group tours.
Museum of Contemporary Art 222 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Closed Monday, free admission on Tuesday evenings. Call 312-280-2660 for current exhibits and admission prices.
Museum of Contemporary Photography Colombia College 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Closed Sundays. Call 312-344-7104 for current exhibits and reservations. Free
Museum of Science & Industry 57th and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
Dedicated to understanding science and technology. Hands on exhibits for children. Omnimax theater. Free days vary by season. Call 312-684-1414 or 1-800-GO-TO-MSI for current exhibits, hours of operation and admission prices.
Naper Settlement 523 South Webster Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Outdoor rural community dated 1831-1900. Daytime and overnight programs available for scouts. Call 630-420-6010 for special events and admission prices.
National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 W. 19th St, Chicago, IL 60603
Closed Monday. Call 312-738-1503 for programs and reservations.
Oriental Institute University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637
Study the origins and development of civilization in the ancient near East. Reservations required, closed Monday. 773-702-9514
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 1002 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
Specializes in environmental issues and ecology. Badge workshops available. Consult website for current information. Call 773-755-5168 for group information.
Polish Museum of America 984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
One of the oldest and largest ethnic museums in the United States of America. If offers numerous exhibits in addition to cultural programs such as lectures, concerts, movie and slide presentations, theatre performances, meetings with scholars, artists, and people dedicated to Polish Culture from all over the world. (773) 384-3352
SciTech Interactive Science Center 18 West Benton Street, Aurora, Illinois 60506
Hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Open Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm (Open until 8pm Thursdays). Additional hours available for group field trips. 630-859-3434
Donley's Wild West Town 8512 South Union Road, Union, Illinois 60180
Operates April-October Western memorabilia, Wild West Show, gold panning demonstration, pony rides, train rides, roping lessons. Special rates for groups of 20 or more. (815) 923-9000
Spertus Museum 618 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Acquaints visitors with the beauty and customs of Jewish religion and culture around the world. Permanent collection of artifacts, plus special exhibits. Closes early on Fridays and all of Saturday for Sabbath. For information on hours, admission, current exhibitions and programs, call (312) 322-1747.
Swedish American Museum Center 5211 North Clark, Chicago, IL 60640
Located in Andersonville, a traditionally Swedish area of Chicago's north side features traditional Midsummer, Lucia and Christmas celebrations. The 24,000 square foot Center houses a museum with permanent exhibits, galleries for temporary shows, a museum store, Swedish library, and meeting and workshop areas.
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art 2320 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Hours: Wed-Sun, 12 - 4pm. For information's on current exhibits and group reservations call (773) 227-5522.