Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Chicago

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Chicago on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Chicago

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  • LEMB1971
    Miami, FL121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The experience is amazing. You can expend a whole day if you want but 3 hours are enough. Thousands of paintings in contact with top artists around the world. With Citypass you do not require a pre booking. Pictures are allowed. MoMa and this one are my favorites in America.
    Written 27 May 2024
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  • Anna Y
    Chicago, IL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have a fun day in here, some of the teens were noisy but still, The Museum change a few areas since the last time a visited it. Check out the U-505 too as someone recommended it for me and it is increrible, so I'm spreading the love here. All the Science exhibit is wonderful too.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Brenda M
    Lowell, MA10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited with my adult son and some family friends with little ones ages 5-10. We enjoyed the exhibits we saw and we only saw some of the museum, so would definitely return for more exploring. "Sue" is definitely a highlight.
    Written 20 March 2024
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  • MojoLad
    Graton, CA306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went here just to check out the famed Tiffany Dome, but as there was a free docent-led tour starting, decided to take in the whole experience. It was wonderful! And free! The building itself is something else, with jaw-droppingly beautiful mosaics throughout, recently cleaned and now in their full original glory, and of course the Dome, which just in itself is worthy of a visit. There's also a cool little (unafiiated) gift shop with very interesting art & souvenirs for sale entirely created by local Chicago artists. Strongly recommended.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Nomad31517801542
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I loved how expansive and comprehensive it was! 10/10 stars, definitely would tecommend coming here if you are on vacation.
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • Lisa R
    Mount Pleasant, SC64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exquisite home and worth the visit if you love old architecture. Take the guided tour for an additional $5- it is well worth it.
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • FOTMM
    United States3,767 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to spend the day. Went with friends and the kids really enjoyed all of the interactive exhibits. There's plenty to see and the cafeteria was a great place to relax and take a break between exhibits.

    We went early, and it seemed to be getting much busier as the day went on so keep that in mind when planning a trip.
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • Arielle
    Mobile, AL117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited during a time that no games were happening, but I still wanted to visit the Bulls/Blackhawks shop to get some gear, and visit the Michael Jordan statue. It was very nice. Lots of cool items inside.
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • María Angeles G
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and very well kept. Lots of different plants and trees. A very nice surprise and worth the visit. Easy to get to. Subway stops near by.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • THINGS2LIVE4
    Rocky River, OH2,109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This church is downtown by the Mag Mile. The organ and ceiling are unique, I’ve been to hundreds of Roman Catholic church’s. People need to explore these beautiful church’s.
    Written 12 April 2024
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  • Anuja V
    Toronto, Canada31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This little museum is such a worthwhile stop if you are visiting Chicago! Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic, tickets are reasonably priced, and there is a lot to see, do, and learn. There’s a great kid lit room that’s perfect for kids who might just want a quiet space to read/chill. Lots of interactive exhibits to check out. Kids especially liked the typewriters and the digital mad libs. Free bookmarks for everyone was a nice touch!
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Catherine C
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of thoughtful exhibits for anyone interested in the history of Chicago. I particularly enjoyed the (temporary?) exhibit on the Great Chicago Fire. I went by myself but there's a good section for families, as well.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Jill E
    Easley, SC371 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a glorious gem of beauty in the middle of the bustling city! And free! (We made the suggested donation of $10 per person, but it is not required for entry.) There are four beautiful rooms - palm; fern; show; and orchid. Each is filled - to the roof in some cases - with incredibly lush plants/flowers/trees. (The orchids are amazing!) There are a few benches throughout if you want to stop and soak up the beauty. The outdoor gardens are also included, though there wasn’t much to enjoy there during our visit, since it was still fairly cold. I suspect when in bloom, the outdoor areas are equally as lovely as the indoor. What a perfectly lovely way to spend an hour or so in Chicago! Highly recommend!
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,808 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aside from Cloud Gate and Buckingham Fountain, The Chicago Theatre's red and yellow marquee is perhaps one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. At the northern edge of the Loop, The Chicago Theatre first opened its doors in 1921 as an extravagant movie theater and performance venue. Between the theater's unmistakable sign and its stunning façade, it's impossible to miss this stunning Chicago landmark.

    the theater has hosted such big names as Duke Ellington, Diana Ross and Prince, in addition to screening blockbuster flicks. The theater's historic appearance enhances the overall experience of catching an event here. Just remember, cameras and video cameras, including those on cell phones, cannot be used during tours or performances.

    It is a few blocks northwest of Millennium Park. Even if you don't have time to check out a show, be sure to pop in or schedule a tour to get a closer look.
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • Cashmool B
    Arlington Heights, IL64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who knew such a wonderful theater was tucked into the old Water Tower! We saw Lucie and Charlie’s Honeymoon and absolutely Loved It! So original. So inventive. This theatre is a hidden gem!
    Written 4 June 2023
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