The Field Museum
The Field Museum
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Key Info

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Price & Hours

$24 for adults; $17 for kids 3-11
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This extensive natural history museum occupies half an acre of Grant Park's Museum Campus and houses extensive exhibits that showcase artifacts from multiple eras and destinations, making it a must-see for kids (as well as any fans of the "Indiana Jones" movies). Some of the most popular parts of the museum include the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit, which features a reconstruction of a three-story Egyptian tomb and interactive representations of life on the Nile, and the Restoring Earth area in the Abbott Hall of Conservation, where visitors can learn more about sustainability through hands-on activities. But no visit to The Field Museum would be complete without some quality time with SUE, the facility's T. rex who just happens to be the largest, most complete T. rex ever discovered. Sue is 42 feet long from nose to tail and boasts 58 terrifying teeth.

Travelers say there's plenty to see in this museum, so allot at least a few hours here. Also, consider purchasing a Chicago CityPASS or a Go Chicago Card, which include admissions to the museum. The Chicago CityPASS also covers access to a 3-D film.

The Field Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but no visitors are admitted after 4 p.m. General admission is $24 for adults and $17 for children ages 3 to 11. Access to the museum's special exhibits and 3-D theater cost extra. Restrooms, two eateries and a gift shop are provided inside, and three main parking areas are offered on the Museum Campus. However, additional fees apply to park nearby, so taking the L to Roosevelt or using a Divvy bike and parking at the Museum Campus station is recommended. The Nos. 130 and 146 buses also drop nearby. Check out The Field Museum's website to learn more about the attraction's exhibits, facilities and policies.

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A first-time visit to Chicago isn't complete without a stop at Millennium Park. Situated in the Loop just north of the Art Institute of Chicago, this 24.5-acre space is used to showcase cutting-edge art, architecture and landscaping; it also acts as a backdrop for concerts and festivals. Most visitors come to Millennium Park to see the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate, better known as "The Bean." Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain features two 50-foot towers that face each other at opposite ends of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers' LED screens project the faces of 1,000 different Chicago residents, which are perfectly aligned with spouts so that it appears they are spitting water on passersby. Cloud Gate – created by British artist Anish Kapoor – is a 110-ton bean-shaped sculpture forged from stainless steel. The Bean's elliptical shape reflects the Chicago skyline.

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