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Johansen Farms started more than 85 years ago, when Hans Johansen and his family immigrated to Illinois from Copenhagen. Upon their arrival, the family started to grow and sell flowers and vegetables, slowly transforming their business from a roadside farm stand into a flourishing plant empire.

Today, sunlight filters into Johansen Farms’ 24 greenhouses, illuminating scarlet petals and verdant tendrils as they rise from beds of moist earth. Within these humid growing centers, gardeners cultivate more than 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers, from blooming annuals to hearty grasses. Guests meander at will, stopping to sniff baby flower buds and eye appetizing fruits and veggies.

710 W Boughton Rd
Bolingbrook,
IL
US

Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is a world-class zoological institution nestled in the heart of Chicago?s historic Lincoln Park district. The zoo is open every day of the year and offers free admission to provide entertainment and education for visitors of all ages. In addition to architectural treasures and award-winning progressively designed animal habitats, the zoo is also a conservation haven, operating one of the country?s largest zoo-based conservation and science programs.

Farm 1900 N. Stockton
Chicago,
IL
US

Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is a world-class zoological institution nestled in the heart of Chicago?s historic Lincoln Park district. The zoo is open every day of the year and offers free admission to provide entertainment and education for visitors of all ages. In addition to architectural treasures and award-winning progressively designed animal habitats, the zoo is also a conservation haven, operating one of the country?s largest zoo-based conservation and science programs.

2200 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

The Field Museum began in 1893 with a collection of objects from the then-ongoing Chicago World's Fair, beginning a more than century-long exploration of science, art, and archaeology. These days, the Museum—which shares a lakefront campus with the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium—contains more than 26 million artifacts and specimens. The collection is so massive that only 1% of its items can be displayed at a time, though that 1% features plenty of historically significant doozies.

To get a picture of them, you need look no further than the 19 mummies that grace the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibition, where they rest among an actual Book of the Dead. Then there's SUE, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. Stretching 42 feet from snout to tail, the towering T. rex sports a more than 90% complete skeleton, not to mention 58 sharp teeth. Equally sharp are the jewels in the Grainger Hall of Gems and the definition of the visuals displayed on the 3D Theater's massive screen.

To keep the Museum's permanent and rotating exhibitions up to date, The Field Museum's scientists conduct research at global field sites and on the collection itself. To learn how the Museum is beginning to catalog our world for future museumgoers, check out the Groupon Guide's recent visit.

1400 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature.

We run the Hemingway Birthplace Home and the Hemingway Museum, plus offering scholarly and popular programming and entertainment year-round.

200 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park,
IL
US

The amphitheater at Fair Oaks Farms doesn?t host agriculture-themed theater productions, or talks by resident farmers and cheese-makers. Instead, it?s the stage for an astonishing real-life drama. Before a giant wall of glass, audience members hold their breath as they watch a dairy cow give birth atop a bed of hay. Its calf enters the world in full view, rising up on its wobbling legs and hearing the sound of dozens of human hearts melting at once for the very first time. It all happens approximately 80 times each day.

The birthing barn anchors the farm's Dairy Adventure tour, giving families and school children a literal window into the world of sustainable dairy farming. At Fair Oaks Farms, the sustainability is as important as the milks and cheeses. As the New York Times recently reported, the farm creates natural gas from livestock waste. This ever-replenished source powers 10 barns, a cheese factory, an ice cream parlor, and everything else at the farm. It even becomes fuel for delivery trucks, which take raw milk to processing plants in three different states.

A lot of the dairy products stay right on the farm, however. At the onsite caf?, staffers serve countless glasses of chocolate milk and plates of grilled cheese sandwiches, the most popular items on the menu. The dining area overlooks the farm's cheese-making and milk-bottling facilities, so diners see exactly where their snack comes from. Fair Oaks Farms also features two brand new facilities, The Market & Bakery and the Farmhouse Restaurant

As for the cafe's produce, it comes directly from the farm's Green Garden Gate, a collection of gardens that sit in the shadow of a 25-foot milk bottle. The oversized container, known as "Udder Heights," is actually a climbing wall complete with belay systems and footholds. It stands at the center of Mooville, an outdoor play area that also contains train rides and a giant jumping pillow for when someone orders a milkshake.

856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks,
IN
US