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10 best Chicago museums: Top institutions to visit in Chicago
The Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and more of the best Chicago museums to take in art, nature, history and culture.
Whether you're a local or an out-of-towner, if you have a day off in Chicago, spending it at a museum is a no-duh. (Ferris Bueller knew this; he hit up the Art Institute.) These well-respected institutions offer informative and inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture, not to mention noteworthy architecture.
There's variety to be experienced: Tour the AIC's bright, Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing, commune with butterflies at the Notebaert Nature Museum or encounter aquatic life at the Shedd Aquarium. Whatever your agenda, be sure to hit our list of the best Chicago museums. Another no-duh suggestion: Take advantage of the museums' free days.
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I highly recommend TIMING your visit to Museum Campus (Adler, Field, Shedd) to enjoy LUNCH at ADLER, and take in a sky show before or after. You get a million-dollar view of the skyline from Adler's floor-to-ceiling glass-walled cafeteria, with friendly budget-priced HEALTHY menu options. I'm a big fan of Alder (and a member) and know they have the finest sky show theater technology in the WORLD, and the friendliest astronomers too. Also, Adler's adults-only "Adler After Dark" the 3rd Thursday each month from 6pm - 10pm has been voted the most popular museum date-night event in Chicago. Don't forget to look through the telescopes and make a wish upon a star (or planet ; ) ~cheers+stars, Audrey
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