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The Terra Museum is just the...

The Terra Museum is just the right size for a half-day visit. I've seen some great exhibits there on the influence of Japanese prints. Their arts and crafts period collection is very interesting, too.

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Aug 26, 2002

Don't miss the many museums,...

Don't miss the many museums, they offer things you just can't see anywhere else!

Shedd Aquarium:1200 S. Lake Shore Drive 312-939-2438. Largest indoor aquarium in the world. Explore the fish, sea mammals, coral reef and dolphin show, (which is a learning experience, not sea world.)$8 adults, $6 child.

Museum of Science and Industry:5700 Lake Shore Drive 773-684-1414 (www.msichicago.com) Visit a coal mine, see a OmniMax show, eat a sunday in a reproduction of an old-time ice cream parlor, walk through the inside of a heart, and lots more. This is my favorite museum!

Art Institute: 11 S. Michigan Avenue 312-443-3600 (www.artic.edu/aic/) See the many French Impressionistic, and Post Impressionistic paintings they have on display. Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Caillebotte, Edward Hopper etc. $10 adults / $6 child.

Adler Planetarium: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive 312-922-7827 Visitors can hold real-time conversations with astronauts, and take virtual tours of the International Space Station, and the Milky Way!

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tetonski1
Aug 26, 2002

How about a museum of black history?

Chicago is home to one of the very few museums devoted to black history in the United States. The DuSable Museum of African-American History is located in a beautiful park-like setting on the south side, near the University of Chicago campus. It is named for Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African American from Haiti, who built the first permanent settlement in what became Chicago.

In addition to its 'standard' museum collections, it also functions as a cultural center, hosting performances of theater and dance as well as music, lectures, a film series, readings, workshops, and even arts education classes. The museum's collections are particularly strong in 19th and 20th century art but also include original slave documents and artifacts as well as civil rights memorabilia.

The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is very inexpensive: $3 for adults and $1 for children (free to all on Sundays). It is located at 740 East 56th Place. Phone: 773-947-0600. Check out their website.

You can reach it by taking the Red Line el south to 55th Street (aka Garfield Boulevard). Then pick up a Garfield bus (route #55!) going east and get off at Cottage Grove Avenue -- about a ten-minute ride. Or, if you prefer, a cab from downtown will take about 15 or 20 minutes (and be that much more expensive).

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Aug 25, 2002

Museums...

Museums www.mschicago.org:
Museum of Science and Industry - we spend there all day as it has 4 floors and there is A LOT what to see, try and discover! It is worth to go especially if you get a rainy day:) It is FREE admission on Thursdays.
Fields museum – very interesting!
Aquarium and Planetarium!

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Aug 25, 2002
 
 
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Visit the Field Museum of Natural History. There are reptiles and many other interesting exhibitions.

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Chinatown

I lived in China for 2 years, so I had high expectations. I went to Chef Bao for lunch (used to be Lao Hunan), which is food from the Hunan region (where I lived), the food was spot on authentic so...
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National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum

Chicago's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, located on the Riverwalk between Wabash Avenue and State Street, is one of the largest in the nation outside of Washington, D.C. It features a fountain and a...
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Monument to the Great Northern Migration

This moving fifteen foot tall statue stands at the northern entry into historic Bronzeville. Encouraged by reports from those who went before, as well as the influential Chicago Defender newspaper,...
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Adler Planetarium

Opened in 1930, this is the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and it is a wonderful place. It has several different shows, a collection of astronomical and location-finding instruments, and...
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Soldier Field

Attention sports fans! This is a must-see for all of you. It's one of the most famous stadiums in the world. Like most things in Chicago, Soldier Field has a grand style of architecture that reflects...
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Buddy Guy's Legends

If you are fortunate enough to be planning a trip to Chicago for January, check Ticketmaster for Buddy Guy's annual headlining weekend events at his own club: Legend's. It is the best $30 that you'll...
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