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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.

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Chicago, Illinois
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hyde Park, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Midway Plaisance, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and University of Chicago. State Street is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Chicago 59th Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chicago 63rd Street Station is 14 minutes.

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      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hyde Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burnham Park, 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.

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        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

            Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

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

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              Chicago, Illinois
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Sleeps 18 - Free Private Parking, Breakfast, Sushi, Wine Smoothies

                Sleeps 18 - Free Private Parking, Breakfast, Sushi, Wine Smoothies

                Chicago, Illinois
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This apartment building is located in Chicago (Woodlawn), close to Midway Plaisance, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and University of Chicago. Also nearby are Jackson Park and Robie House.