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Chicago Winter

Chicago is a great city to visit any time of the year, from the delicious deep-dish pizza and tasty hotdogs, lakefront views, to the world-class museums. In the winter it is cold, but there are tons of great activities to do out of the snow!

John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 939-2438
Any time of the year is fun to visit the Shedd Aquarium, which is the largest indoor aquarium in the world, holding over 700 aquatic species. Watch one of the shark feeding sessions or one of the dolphin presentations, and touch various aquatic critters at the Animal Encounters station.

Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-9410
The exhibits of the Field Museum range from bird habitats, animal biology, gems, African and Eskimo cultures, fossils and more, the biggest attraction being “Sue,” the world’s largest T-Rex fossil. For younger children, there is a Family PlayLab, where they can dress up as animals, dig for dinosaur bones or perform art in the Art Studio.

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600
The Art Institute is a great place to learn about culture and art. The museum holds one of the largest art collections in the world, with an extensive collection of impressionist, American, and international art. A new Modern Art collection is currently being added to the museum, and children will especially enjoy the “touch” gallery where they can use their hands to explore sculptures from artists in different eras.

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637
(773) 684-1414
The Museum of Science and Industry is always fun to visit. The museum has a range of exhibits, from a WWII German submarine, a baby-chick hatchery, an Omnimax Theater to a 3,000-square-foot running model railroad.

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-7827
Another great option is the Adler Planetarium. The museum has two planetarium theaters, a collection of historical astronomical artifacts, and several exhibits focused on up-to-date computer technology. The planetarium has the StarRider Theater, with a full-dome video projection.

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614 (312) 642-4600
At the Chicago History Museum you can learn about the history of Chicago by walking through an old Chicago train, checking out the historical dioramas of the Chicago fire, and listening to some Chicago jazz music.