Activities for a Rainy Day in Chicago

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  • CultureVulture60657
    Chicago, IL8,404 contributions
    The Cezanne retrospective now at the Art Institute through early September is stupendous. The curators have gathered works from the AIC's own large holdings of Cezanne plus other museums across Europe and the U.S. for a comprehensive look at the life work this important late 19th Century painter. Cezanne revisited the same subjects time after time over the course of decades. To see several in one room is a rare opportunity. I also loved the video in which the curators dissected 3 paintings, even using infrared technology, to explain how, using color, Cezanne built up his images. It's a large show, about 130 works, plus notebooks and other items, so plan to spend a couple hours with it.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • 307leven
    Stroudsburg, PA139 contributions
    We visited the last Friday in April. To get there by the 9:30 opening, we traveled by bus instead of driving from our hotel on Michigan Ave. because it was cheaper ($10 for both of us, round trip) than paying the $22 parking fee, plus we didn't have to drive. The #2 bus dropped us off at 57th and Stoney Island Ave, which is only a block west of the museum, to get back we took the #6 bus, but during the summer months, the #10 bus drops you off right at the museum.

    The exhibits were spectacular, I took the U-505 tour which was an extra $18 and took about 1/2 hour, but our tornado film inside the giant dome theater was included upon our request as part of our CityPass admission. The rocket and Apollo exhibits were outstanding, the transportation exhibits were great. I also enjoyed the farm tech exhibits, the extreme ice displays, the 727 plane exhibit, which you can walk through and various other displays including the various aircraft on display.

    I did not get to see the coal mine or the Art of the Brick Gallery because they were extra add ons and I didn't have enough time. But, my wife saw the Coal Mine exhibit and enjoyed it. We were there all day until closing at 4pm and only took a 15 minute break to eat a snack and grab a cup of coffee. If I had another day, I would have liked to come back and see more.

    If you go, wear comfortable shoes due to all the walking. Also, don't schedule too many add on exhibits such as the Brick Gallery, U-boat tour, tornado film, etc. or you won't get to see the whole museum.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Darryl G
    Richmond, VA96 contributions
    This museum, which takes a full day to explore, has the best and largest exhibit of dinosaurs and other fossils I have ever seen! All of the exhibits, and there are many other topics covered, with the exception of the gem exhibit, are all large, and well displayed. But back to the dinosaurs and fossils, not only is the display large, but it is divided by geologic periods, with summaries of how the earth changed from one period to the next, and how those climate and geological changes affected life on earth, both giving rise to and the demise of, various types of both plants and animals, until the modern age. For my taste, this is the best museum in Chicago, and several others are also good.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • kkmckendree
    Battle Creek, MI154 contributions
    A nice stop that's free and you can wonder around and look at the beautiful architecture of this building. The pictures don't do it justice!
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • Jaime L
    5 contributions
    This museum is very well organized and maintained. From reception to end you can find staff that can answer your questions regarding the collections. Tiffany!!
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • Morella
    Farmington Hills, MI1,010 contributions
    Absolutely loved this place!

    There are different environments connected by doors. Each one has a different theme. Plants and flowers are in great shape, evidently cared well.

    The diversity of environments and colors is enjoyable.

    There is also an area where you can drink coffee and teas, and have good quality croissants and muffins. This was a great find.

    Some of the areas have pathways through the plants. Nicely done.

    Reservations highly recommended at this time.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Bfly82
    Wisconsin100 contributions
    What a neat place to visit. But I do have a few gripes. There’s only so many people they give tickets to hourly. So you pick a time slot. Which to me I thought was a great idea since that would give people more space. Unfortunately it was absolutely packed you couldn’t move. It was hard to look at anything and was less then enjoyable cause everyone is pushing through to get to each exhibit. It was very frustrating and it seemed like so many people felt the same. I’d like to go back and enjoy more time looking at the exhibits and not feel so rushed. Maybe letting less people in each day would be helpful for guests. Other then that it’s well maintained and the gift shop is neat.
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • D. A. Marquez
    3 contributions
    I love this arena, I saw Pepe Aguilar here and loved it, I would come here again someday, but when you get out, It is very crowded
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Lori
    Rosemont, IL5 contributions
    We were at the Chicago Theatre for a comedy show. The Theatre is gorgeous and worth the time to view the ornate decor. Our seats were on the main floor, and due to the acoustics, the sound was perfectly clear.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Matt F
    83 contributions
    Love Chicago and loved this museum. Great exhibits, simply explained without leaving out detail. There is so much history it is almost impossible to take it all in during one day.
    But I seriously suggest you try!
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • travelwithparti
    Toronto, Canada8 contributions
    Near the zoo, good for a stroll through and contains interesting plants. You need to make reservations ahead of time. The access is free, but they accept donations to help fund the conservatory.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • girlmeetschicago
    Chicago, IL10 contributions
    Good beer but a bit of a slow crowd. I was anticipating a bit more of a younger scene. The area it is located in was very industrial and a little deserted. I came from the South Loop and I wouldn’t recommend walking it by yourself. We tried the Flamingo IPA and a simple lager. The 8 oz taster glasses were really nice to try beer without committing to a whole pint. The service was great and everyone was very friendly. I would recommend the brewery if you were looking for a good place to catch up with someone or have a quite beer.
    Written 10 October 2021
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  • Lindsay W
    Boston, MA4 contributions
    Absolutely loved the museum! I went on a Sunday morning and had the whole place to myself. Most of the museum is interactive and I spent about an hour there but there are plenty of spots to pick up a book and sit down and read if you wanted to extend your visit.
    Written 26 January 2022
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  • Paradise597180
    Chicago, IL3 contributions
    My wife and I went on the Robie house tour for the first time and found it super interesting. Wright's design are quite beautiful and unique and this tour is a great way to experience his talents and family life. Great tour for out of towners and life long Chicagoans.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • apdemas
    Sterling, VA694 contributions
    Really enjoyed the tour of the building, all the little details and stories were fantastic. The tour guide was knowledgeable and did a great job of providing just enough information to be interesting and engaging, but not so much that it was overwhelming. The gift shop was decent too.

    We did a walk-up tour and there was plenty of space.
    Written 5 December 2021
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