With 25 acres of awe-inspiring landscape, breathtaking architecture and an iconic collection of public art, Millennium Park is Chicago’s premier green space. When it debuted on July 16, 2004, Millennium Park transformed what was formerly an industrial wasteland into a vibrant, new town square. Ten year later, Millennium Park celebrates its anniversary season with dozens of FREE events and exhibitions including new, monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (designer of Crown Fountain); indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music concerts; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more! Call (312) 742-1168 or click here for more information.
The tradition of Grant Park dates back to Chicago’s inception – literally. In 1836, a year before Chicago was incorporated as a city, a note was found on a subdivision map declaring a patch of land along Lake Michigan, “Public Ground — A Common to Remain Forever Open, Clear and Free of any Buildings, or Other Obstruction whatever. “The note became official when, in 1844, the city council made “Lake Park” an approved endorsement. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 greatly extended the land east of Michigan Avenue with landfill, the area between Randolph Street and Roosevelt Road became Grant Park. By 1901 it was a beautifully landscaped area of trees and public walkways developed on top of rubble left in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire.
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You can’t truly experience Chicago without a trip to Navy Pier. This 50-acre playground of entertainment, museums, activities, restaurants, and shops is the perfect place for some family fun time.
First on the list is a trip to Pier Park for a ride on the 150-foot Ferris wheel, which offers great city and Lake Michigan views and is open year-round. Also check out the whimsical musical carousel, Wave Swinger lift-and-twirl ride, miniature golf course, remote control boats, and more. Next, grab the kids and go explore educational wonders at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Discover dozens of lively interactive exhibits such as BIG Backyard, Dinosaur Expedition, Inventing Lab, and the Kovler Family Climbing Schooner. Then get lost in Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze where you’ll be entertained by the Mirror Maze, Spinning Tunnel, and more.
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Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant
One of Chicago’s Best-Known and Most-Respected Jazz establishments, historic Andy’s offers casually sophisticated dining with a musical menu of Chicago’s top Jazz Artists.
Local performers cover a range of styles from Traditional and Swing to Bop, Fusion, Latin and Afro-Pop. Our “Spotlight Performer Series” events showcase some of today’s most “in demand” world touring musicians in an intimate setting. Call (312) 642-6805 or click here for more information.
Doors Open Nightly: 4pm – Full Dining: 4:30pm-12am
Sunday-Thursday Night Admissions
$10 All Night
Friday-Saturday Night Admissions
$10 before 7pm
$15 after 7pm
You’ll be amazed by the amazing animals that live at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium – all 32,600 of them! Counting every coral polyp, there is actually more than a million that call this leading education and conservation institution home.
Visit the Pacific Northwest in the Abbott Oceanarium and get up-close and personal with whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions, and more. Take a walk through a lush temperate rain forest, and head to the coastline where you’ll discover the surprisingly diverse habitats in the cold waters along the ocean coast. Check out the various pools where you can find beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins.
Take a 360 degree tour of an underwater reef community in the Caribbean Reef. Watch over 70 species including sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays glide through the water. Check out the colorful corals and sponges, and if you are lucky, watch as divers feed the animals and talk to guests through underwater microphones.
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For an out-of-this-world experience, look no further than the Adler Planetarium. Extending out into Lake Michigan from its Museum Campus home, this is America’s first planetarium and it has become a recognized leader in science education. Through immersive theater programs, numerous exhibitions and special events such as lectures and viewing parties, journey through the vast universe – from the depths of powerful black holes to the heights of Voyager 1, the farthest human-made object from Earth.
Explore the evolution of the Universe over 13.7 billion years. In The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time, the sense of scale will leave you in awe. Begin by passing through a cosmic timeline that spans from the Big Bang to modern day, while exploding stars swirl afoot with each step through the luminous tunnel. Walking out further, the exhibit opens into various interactive stations, allowing you to control the overhead projections with the scroll of a finger on a touch screen. Call (312) 922-7827 or click here for more information.
Museum of Science and Industry
Climb aboard a World War II German submarine. Plunge into a working coal mine. Take a tour of your digestive system. Control a 40-foot tornado. And this season, step into the magical world of Walt Disney to uncover 90 years of archives.
Those experiences and more await you at the Museum of Science and Industry — the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Home to more than 35,000 artifacts and hundreds of exhibits, there are enough “wow” moments to be had here to last a lifetime.
MSI, which opened in 1933, is housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The museum’s Beaux Arts building was originally the expo’s Palace of Fine Arts and displayed works of art from around the world. Now — through interactive exhibits, daily live science experiences, unique events and tours for all ages, and 3D theater adventures in the five-story, domed Omnimax — the inventive genius in you can explore the fascinating worlds of science, technology, medicine and engineering within the museum’s 14 acres of space.
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