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Our most recommended Illinois Museums & Exhibitions

Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History Ticket or VIP Tour

1. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History Ticket or VIP Tour

Visit the Field Museum of Natural History, one of Chicago's great museums. With more than 35 world-renowned natural history exhibitions, there's something for everyone. Fuel your passion for discovery with dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, cultural insights, and groundbreaking science. Explore subterranean life in the Underground Adventure exhibit. Admire gemstones in the Hall of Gems and one of the largest collections of Chinese jade in North America in the Hall of Jades. Next, follow the stories of the Ice Age mammoth hunters and the temples of the Inca and Aztecs. Visit the Dinosaur Hall Evolving Planet exhibit to mingle with giant sloths, woolly mammoths, Sue, and Maximo. Upgrade to the All-Access Pass to see a 3-D movie and all 3 ticketed special exhibitions. Choose the Early Access VIP Tour option for a 1-hour VIP tour of the museum's dinosaurs before the museum opens to the general public. Take pictures with Sue or Maximo without the crowds. Then explore the rest of the museum with an all-access ticket including a 3D movie titled "Waking the T-Rex." If you want to see more, get a Discovery Pass to gain general admission to the museum as well as add one of their ticketed exhibitions or a 3D movie to your day. 

Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

2. Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

Glide around the streets and parks of Chicago on a leisurely guided Segway tour. Perfect for Chicago newbies and veterans alike, the tour uncovers quirky facts about one of America’s most energetic destinations. Begin with a training session to become familiar with the unique self-balancing Segways, before exploring the Windy City in a fun and futuristic fashion. Start your Segway experience at Millennium Park and continue to Grant Park to stop and admire the famous Buckingham Fountain Ride to Museum Campus to soak up spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and beautiful lakefront. Capture pictures to share of the expansive views of the sea-like Lake Michigan. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Chicago: Museum of Illusions Timed Entrance Ticket

3. Chicago: Museum of Illusions Timed Entrance Ticket

Experience the impossible with an entry ticket to the Museum of Illusions Chicago. Immerse yourself in a world where your eyes will be in a constant battle with your brain. Located in the heart of the Chicago Loop, this brain-boggling museum is a one-of-a-kind destination all about optical illusions. Illusions challenge you to see things differently and reveal a lot about how your brain interprets reality. Experience more than 60 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, optical illusions, and immersive rooms that are designed to tease the senses and trick the mind. Illusions include: defying gravity in the Tilted Room; growing and shrinking in the Ames Room; walking on walls in the Rotated Room; experiencing infinite space in the Infinity Room; confusing your mind in the Vortex Tunnel; posing in the Beuchet Chair; meeting your doppelgangers at the Clone Table. Then spend some time in the Smart Playroom with games that will stimulate and challenge your mind. Enjoy some friendly competition with friends and family while simultaneously improving your cognition, problem-solving skills, and memory. Overall, the museum is designed to encourage you to have fun while learning the mechanics behind each and every illusion you experience. And don't forget your camera or smartphone when you visit as there are eye-fooling photo-ops around every corner.

Chicago: Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition Entry Ticket

4. Chicago: Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition Entry Ticket

Experience art like never before at the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Lose yourself in flawless projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s most iconic works of art. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius. You will be immersed in Van Gogh’s works – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation includes The Potato Eaters, Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Bedroom, and so much more. Witness the organic landscapes of Van Gogh’s imagination, and journey through his brilliance and madness. Astonishing in scale and breathtakingly imaginative, you will experience Van Gogh’s art in a completely new and unforgettable way. The exhibit is designed and conceived by Massimiliano Siccardi, with the soundtrack by Luca Longobardi, both of whom pioneered the original immersive digital art experiences in France. The experience is located in the historic Germania Club Building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Constructed in 1888, this Victoria-era building has a dramatic ballroom with 35-foot ceilings, large mezzanines, and detailed ornamentation.

Chicago: History Museum Admission Ticket

5. Chicago: History Museum Admission Ticket

Explore the history of Chicago and America through a collection of permanent and temporary exhibits drawn from approximately 22 million holdings. "Chicago: Crossroads of America" explores Chicago’s development and its influence on American history. Explore a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn, a restored original L train car, a re-created jazz club, and the actual first locomotive to operate in Chicago. Use all five senses to discover Chicago’s history with the “Sensing Chicago” exhibit, riding a high-wheel bike, hearing the Great Chicago fire, and even enjoying a famous Chicago-style hot dog. Check out temporary exhibitions on everything from Chicago art to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Chicagoans, to the city's fashion history. Feel the intensity of the Great Chicago Fire and splendor of the World’s Columbian Exposition, explore the sights of bustling Maxwell Street in the 1950s and peer down from an I-beam at the top of the Sears Tower in the 1970s.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago

6. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago

Discover the many LEGO attractions at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. Hop aboard a royal chariot to save the princess on an interactive journey during the Kingdom Quest adventure ride. See famous LEGO characters on the big screen, like The LEGO Movie™: A New Adventure, at the 4D LEGO Cinema. Go faster and higher on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where families control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell. Explore MINILAND, a Chicago cityscape made entirely out of over 1.5 million LEGO Bricks. Create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Heartlake City and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO Friend during the visit too. Trek into a LEGO Jungle Expedition and come face to face with incredible life-size LEGO jungle animals including tigers, hippos, and monkeys. Follow the quiz trail to learn fun facts about the LEGO jungle friends.

Chicago: Art Institute Skip-the-Line Tour with Guide

7. Chicago: Art Institute Skip-the-Line Tour with Guide

Experience a guided tour around some of the world’s greatest and most iconic art pieces at the Art Institute of Chicago. Avoid the crowds and lines and meet your expert guide at the Institute 30 minutes before opening time. Explore the expansive collection, learning more about both contemporary and classic pieces. Although the museum usually hosts 1.79 million people per year, you will be able to stroll among the pieces at leisure, getting up close and personal with works by famous and infamous artists like Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. The Art Institute of Chicago is home to the greatest collection of Impressionist artwork in the world. Your guide will provide expert information on the collection and the museum’s history and hidden gems.

Chicago: Immersive Frida Kahlo Exhibition Entry Ticket

8. Chicago: Immersive Frida Kahlo Exhibition Entry Ticket

Explore the world through the eyes of the legendary Frida Kahlo – a brilliant, uncompromising painter who created some of history's most iconic artwork. Using state-of-the-art technology, the 360-degree experience invites you immerse yourself inside her colorful and vibrant world as never before. Stroll through the Lighthouse Immersive gallery and see the Mexico-born artist’s work come to life on a grand scale. The mesmerizing, large-scale projections, accompanied by a ravishing musical score, will sweep you up as you encounter Frida as never before. Discover the people, events, and obstacles that made her the extraordinary woman she was. Kahlo’s art has been described as magic realism – blending realistic depictions of her life with fantastical elements to reflect her inner thoughts and struggles. Brave and brutally honest, Kahlo transferred her fears and pain onto canvas in a way that resonates even more powerfully with us today. Kahlo used art to empower herself and, in so doing, has become one of the most beloved and popular artists of all time.

Chicago: City Lights, Lakefront, and Skyline Segway Tour

9. Chicago: City Lights, Lakefront, and Skyline Segway Tour

There's no better way to tour the world-class city of Chicago than on a segway tour! On this tour you will learn about and experience Chicago's top attractions. The seven-mile tour begins at the southern end of Millennium Park. First, glide along the fragrant floral paths and rose gardens of Grant Park. Enjoy the open spaces around famous Buckingham Fountain, and the breathtaking evening display. It is the perfect stop for photos, as this venue has generous views of both Lake Michigan and the majestic skyline. Next, get swept off your feet on this evening segway tour as you glide along the Lakefront, past Monroe Harbor, to the Museum Campus where you can find the most incredible view of the city’s skyline in nighttime splendor. Peek into Chicago's architecture and culture as you learn about the history of the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, and the Adler Planetarium.  Excellent Chicago sightseeing continues as you experience Chicago's illuminated skyline and catch the huge water, music, and lights show at Buckingham Fountain, while heading back through the gorgeous parks and along Michigan Avenue, home of famous outdoor art installations, statues and monuments, and historic hotels, before ending this unique Chicago-style Segway tour.

Chicago: Museum of Ice Cream Pre-Sale Entrance Ticket

10. Chicago: Museum of Ice Cream Pre-Sale Entrance Ticket

The world-famous ice cream attraction is now open in Chicago. Step into an ice cream wonderland that is bound to ignite your senses through a theatrical experience with unlimited ice cream treats as you journey through 14 installations. Ride on the pink Sprink-L line, put your golf skills to the test on the Putt-Putt course, or take a dip in a pool filled with millions of sprinkles. Come with an empty stomach and get ready to make unforgettable memories. When you finish your experience, be sure to explore the museum's whimsical shop. The Museum of Ice Cream is not a traditional museum — every installation is interactive. This means touching isn't only allowed, it's encouraged.

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What people are saying about Illinois

My daughter and I had such a great time!! Such a beautiful experience for my 15 year old she loved it so next time we are in town we will definitely go back!

Great time excellent displays and very informative descriptions. Staff very grand helpful.

Amazing. If you’re planning to see everything allow a full day. It is worth it.

Jacob was the best! He was very knowledgeable We learned so much.

Great place to take your family and plenty to learn.