Surprisingly, Chicago is one of many go to destinations for Spring Breakers. To locals this might seem a tad odd, but I can see what the appeal is for non-locals or even just ones from out of the Chicagoland area. Museums, restaurants, bars, beaches, trails, and some historical sites are what attract kids, young adults, and families to the city. I will be highlighting a few places that are a must to see or visit for Chicago Spring Break 2021 if you’re not a local.
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At the Field Museum you can explore the secrets of natural history. You will be greeted by Maximo, the largest dinosaur to be discovered. Then you can head upstairs to meet SU, the world most complete T. rex skeleton. And my favorite exhibit by far is the Ancient Egypt one, where you can walk through a 5,000 year old tomb and see one of the largest collections of mummies in the U.S.
1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
The Shedd Aquarium has more than 32,00 aquatic animals, where you can find friendly beluga whales and white dolphins. The Aquarium overlooks Lake Michigan and has a stunning underwater viewing gallery. And if you’re traveling with kids, there is the Polar Play where your little ones can dress up as penguins or play scientists and explore ice caves. And make sure you don’t miss the 4D Experience, where you’ll get to be up close to the action.
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The majority of the 800+ exhibits are hands-on, including the U-505 German Submarine, underground coal mine, and Science storms. And if you’re feeling like watching a movie, you can sit back and relax at the Giant Dome Theater for a more educational take on a Chicago spring break.
1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
The Adler Planetarium is by far one of the coolest places to visit. You can catch a show at the state of the art sky theater, where you can explore planets, galaxies, and stars. Oh and if you feel like launching a rocket, stop by the Mission Moon exhibit and get a peek inside the Gemini 12 Spacecraft and experience the first steps on the moon through the eyes of NASA astronaut Jim Lovell.
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If you’re in town for the first time and you haven’t seen the best view of Chicago, then this is the place for you. Travel up to new heights at the Skydeck in the Willis Tower and step out onto the Ledge to experience a one of a kind feeling. The Ledge is an all glass platform with an incredible perspective of the city.
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If the weather is nice (and we know Chicago can be a little bit iffy) head to the Millenium Park and visit (and take pictures) next to the iconic reflective “bean” (and if you don’t know the real name…..Cloud Gate). You can also take a stroll through the park and end up by the Buckingham Fountain. And again if your kids are with you, the newest addition to the park is Maggie Daley Park (right next door) where kids can play in the suspension bridges, tube slides, and a big ship. Your older kiddos can yackle the 40-foot climbing wall or putt along the 18-hole mini golf course. If the weather cooperates you and your kids can also rollerblade!
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Who loves animals? I definitely do! If you’re an animal lover head over to the Lincoln Park zoo where you can find polar bears, lions, monkeys, and more. The zoo also features a Farm-in-the-Zoo where kids can pet farm animals. And if butterflies are your thing, be sure to check out the Just Istock Butterfly Haven, home to more than 40 species of exotic butterflies.
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Navy Pier is a must on your already long list of places to explore. Soar up 200 feet into the sky on the Centennial Wheel with stunning views of the Chicago lakefront and skyline. Surrounding the Pier Park there are tons of other amusement rides for all ages. And if you’re a fan of architecture, take a Lake Michigan boat tour with the architecture focused Shoreline Sightseeing cruise or if you love high speed thrills, ride the Seadog! Fans of theater and outdoor performances can also enjoy the Pier on the Lake Stage and City Stage. If you get hungry, be sure to check out the plethora of restaurants lining the pier.
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