Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Museum Of Science And Industry

This large, interactive museum contains a coal mine and World War II submarine among its many attractions.

It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring the Museum of Science and Industry, located in Hyde Park, just south of downtown. There are some 35,000 artifacts in this 14-acre (5.6-hectare) space. These aren’t your usual museum artifacts, either. See the Apollo 8 space craft (the first to take humans to the moon) and go subterranean in an underground replica of a coal mine. Get involved with hands-on science experiments, interactive digital displays and walk-in exhibits. The museum is designed to teach you about most every aspect of the world within you and around you, including the human body, transportation, technology, industry, and the weather. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the size of the museum, pay a little extra and take a guided tour. The WOW Tour lasts for an hour and takes visitors through the museum’s main attractions, including the coal mine, Boeing 727 airplane and Baby Chicks exhibit. (The Coal Mine is one of the museum’s “add-on” exhibits that you pay extra for when buying an admission ticket. Ask about other add-ons at the box office.)

The Baby Chicks exhibit lets you watch as chicks hatch from eggs. The Boeing 727 – an actual aircraft that you can climb aboard and explore – is one of the main attractions of the Transportation Gallery. You’ll also find a Steam 999 Locomotive, the Spirit of America (one of the fastest vehicles in the world), and dozens of smaller aircraft.

Continue your journey of learning with exhibits demonstrating how the Internet works, how toys are made and how the human heart beats. You can even create a mini tornado in The Science Storms exhibit. There’s a machine that produces lightning, another that demonstrates avalanches and one that let’s you create fireworks.

The museum is easily accessible by the ‘L’, bus or train, and parking is available for a fee.


Guide to Exploring around Chicago Museum of Science and Industry


Top Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Flight + Hotel Deals

Best Lodging Options Near Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

See all 1,296 Properties near Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center $135
Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center

Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center

5225 S Harper Ave, Chicago, IL
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hyde Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Robie House, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and University of Chicago. State Street is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. Chicago 51st-53rd Street Station (Hyde Park) is only a 3-minute walk and Chicago 55th-56th-57th Street Station is 11 minutes.

    Sophy Hyde Park $152
    Sophy Hyde Park

    Sophy Hyde Park

    1411 East 53rd Street, Chicago, IL
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hyde Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Robie House, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and University of Chicago. State Street is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Chicago 51st-53rd Street Station (Hyde Park) is only a 5-minute walk and Chicago 55th-56th-57th Street Station is 12 minutes.

      Chicago Lake Shore Hotel $95
      Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

      Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

      4900 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Kenwood, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medicine. Soldier Field and John G. Shedd Aquarium are also within 6 mi (10 km). Chicago 51st-53rd Street Station (Hyde Park) is 11 minutes by foot and Chicago 47th Street Station (Kenwood) is 11 minutes.

        La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago - Lake Shore
        La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago - Lake Shore

        La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago - Lake Shore

        4900A S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Kenwood, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medicine. Soldier Field and John G. Shedd Aquarium are also within 6 mi (10 km). Chicago 51st-53rd Street Station (Hyde Park) is 11 minutes by foot and Chicago 47th Street Station (Kenwood) is 12 minutes.

          Welcome Inn Manor
          Welcome Inn Manor

          Welcome Inn Manor

          4563 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bronzeville, this historic bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of State Street, University of Chicago, and Guaranteed Rate Field. Illinois Institute of Technology is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. 47th Station (Green Line) is 8 minutes by foot and 47th Station (Red Line) is 12 minutes.

            Villa Dubois Guest House $60
            Villa Dubois Guest House

            Villa Dubois Guest House

            3722 S Calumet Ave, Chicago, IL
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bronzeville, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of State Street, McCormick Place, and Illinois Institute of Technology. Soldier Field and Guaranteed Rate Field are also within 3 mi (5 km). Indiana Station is 10 minutes by foot and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT Station is 13 minutes.

              Amber Inn $90
              Amber Inn

              Amber Inn

              3901 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bronzeville, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of State Street, Guaranteed Rate Field, and Illinois Institute of Technology. McCormick Place and Wintrust Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). Indiana Station is only a 4-minute walk and 43rd Station is 14 minutes.

                Mccormick Place Guest House $50
                Mccormick Place Guest House

                Mccormick Place Guest House

                3643 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bronzeville, this guesthouse is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from McCormick Place and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Soldier Field. Grant Park and Millennium Park are also within 6 mi (10 km). 35th-Bronzeville-IIT Station is 8 minutes by foot and Indiana Station is 9 minutes.