Museums in Des Plaines, IL


One-Year Individual or Family Membership at The Oriental Institute (Up to 53% Off)

The Oriental Institute

University of Chicago

Exhibit-opening invitations, free audio tours, research-library privileges, and program discounts at a museum of Middle East archaeology

$50 $25

One or Two Adult Admission Tickets to Farnsworth House (Up to 48% Off)

Farnsworth House

Plano

Tour a radically modern 1951 home designed by influential architect Mies van der Rohe to float above the ground and reflect the forest

$20 $12

Outing for Two or a Summer Adventure Camp at SciTech Hands On Museum (Up to 26% Off)

SciTech Hands On Museum

Aurora

More than 150 interactive science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics exhibits inspire and educate kids to learn about the world

$16 $12

Admission for One, Two, or Four to the Illinois Railway Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Illinois Railway Museum

Evergreen Park

Watch restored antique train cars in operation, then check out memorabilia from the Chicagoland and national rail industries

$10 $5

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (50% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum - Live

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$16 $8

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (Up to 57% Off)

Wonder Works Chicago

Oak Park

Studio, stage, forest exhibit, building station, fantasy village, and storybook castle welcome hands-on exploring from children and toddlers

$42 $18

Tour of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 45% Off)

Evanston History Center

Evanston

Visit the National Historic Landmark Dawes House, where more than a century of history about the city is preserved in a beautiful chateau

$40 $22

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$60 $30

4-Train-Ride Tickets for Two, Four, or Six at Hesston Steam Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Hesston Steam Museum

La Porte

Ride on miniature and full-size steam trains and explore interactive exhibits devoted to steam power

$34 $20

Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$40 $20

Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four or Family Membership to Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 62% Off)

Joliet Historical Museum

Joliet

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

$6 $3

Memberships to DuSable Museum of African American History (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

The DuSable Museum of African American History

Washington Park

Examine tales and artifacts of African American history with studies of African nations, murals, and even an animatronic Harold Washington

$40 $25

Admission for Two or Four to the Museum of Arts & Play (Up to 53% Off)

Museum of Arts & Play

Dyer

Museum highlighting the benefits of play boasts everything from vintage toys to pop culture collectibles 

$16 $9

Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin’s rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$45 $22

Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame Culinary Experience for One or Two on October 13 (47% Off)

Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame

Navy Pier

See Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame induct notable chefs; open bar & restaurant samples

$95 $50

Museum Campus, Gangster, or Fireworks Tour for 1 or 2 from Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours (Up to 18% Off)

Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours

Central Chicago

Ride up to some of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks during Museum Campus, Gangster history tours, and fireworks displays

$68 $68

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Presented By The Chicago History Museum on August 5–7

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Chicago History Museum - Live

Three-day fest celebrates the great American hot dog with specialty dogs, ice cold brews, and music

$30 $25

Moscow Ballet’s "Great Russian Nutcracker" with Optional Nutcracker and Optional Souvenir Book at 1 p.m. on December 4

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker"

Rosemont Theatre

Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$86.50 $51

$16 for Movie and Popcorn for Two at Cascade Drive-In ($24.50 Value)

Cascade Drive In

Cascade Drive In

The double features of first-run flicks pair with the audio from an FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into popcorn

$24.50 $16

$5 for a Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill ($10.75 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$10.75 $5

Amphibious Tour for Two or Four from Dells Army Duck Tour (Up to 38% Off)

Dells Army Duck Tour

Wisconsin Dells

Amphibious, WWII-era vehicles take groups on one-hour trips through the natural landscapes and waterways of the Wisconsin Dells

$60 $39

Amphibious-Duck Tour of the Wisconsin Dells for Two or Four from Original Wisconsin Ducks (Up to 37% Off)

Original Wisconsin Ducks®

Wisconsin Dells

In an amphibious vehicle, this tour hits Wisconsin Dells sights on land and water, including the Hawk’s Bill rock formation and Dawn Manor

$55.75 $35

"Thrones! The Musical Parody": A Parody of "Game of Thrones" (July 22–August 19)

"Thrones! The Musical Parody": A Parody of "Game of Thrones"

Apollo Theater

This send up of the HBO phenomenon puts a humorous, musical spin on the world of Westeros, including spoilers all the way through Season 6

$54.75 $29

$62 for a 90-Minute Architectural Boat Tour for Two from Chicago Line Cruises ($84 Value)

Chicago Line Cruises

Chicago

Award-winning Docents tell the stories behind over 50 “cloud busters” and narrate historical events that influenced the present-day skyline

$84 $62

Tickets to See "Beauties & Beaus" for 2, 4, 6, or 10 with Champagne at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (Up to 65% Off)

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Chicago

Audiences watch a rotating guest lineup of drag performers strut their stuff onstage while sipping champagne

$72 $28

50 Shades Male Revue Show on Friday, October 7, at 9 p.m.

50 Shades Male Revue Show

Stereo Nightclub

Male dance revue comprised of muscle bound hunks excite crowds with sensual moves and Vegas showmanship. Excellent for a ladies night out

$32.64 $15

Chicago Explorer Pass Including Admission to Three or Five Attractions from 20+ Options. Pay Nothing at Gate.

Go City Card

Online Deal

Card grants free admission to 3 or 5 Chicago museums, tours, and attractions, chosen from over 20 options

$49 $40.50

Pepsi Tall Ships Chicago Festival 2016 on July 28 - 31 (Up to 23% Off)

Pepsi Tall Ships Chicago 2016

Navy Pier

Navy Pier fills up with 14 tall ships such as two-masted schooners and a Viking longboat during this four day festival

$70 $55

Cupcake Tour of Chicago with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Best Tours (Up to 68% Off)

Best Tours

Chicago

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting a century-old shop, one with 50 varieties of cupcake, and another with gelato

$50 $19

"Naughty Little Cabaret" Burlesque, Fridays at 8 p.m. through September 23

Naughty Little Cabaret

Original Mothers

Male and female burlesque performers, including some from RuPaul’s Drag Race, dazzle with acrobatics, teasing, and titillating dance moves

$30 $20

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  • McDonald's Museum
    The eye-catching artwork at Des Plaines' McDonald's Museum is sure to perk your pupils right up. Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the museum. Bring the whole family to this museum, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    400 Lee Street
    Des Plaines, IL US
  • Des Plaines Historical Society
    Art connoisseurs will appreciate the unique selection of art pieces at Des Plaines Historical Society in Des Plaines. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    789 Pearson Street
    Des Plaines, IL US
  • Park Ridge Historical Society
    For a chance to see more than your worldview, see the cultural exhibitions at Park Ridge Historical Society's organization in Park Ridge. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    41 Prairie Avenue
    Park Ridge, IL US
  • Kohl Children's Museum
    With more than 23,000 square feet of public space, Kohl Children's Museum gives its young visitors plenty of rooms in which to play. The kid-focused facility houses 16 permanent exhibits for infants and children up to 8 years of age, each filled with hands-on activities designed to encourage learning and exploration. City on the Move helps children learn about Chicago by challenging them to build city scenes from geometric shapes or crank an electricity-generating wheel to power a pretend John Hancock Center. Kids can disappear into camouflage in Nature Explorers, move musical notes to create melodies in Ravinia Festival Music Makers, or explore the rotating temporary exhibits.
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    2100 Patriot Blvd.
    Glenview, IL US
  • The Grove Beer Festival
    By the Numbers: The Grove Beer Festival 35 different breweries on-hand 70 varieties of beer, wine, and cider to sample 3 oz. pours for each beer tasting 2,000+ attendees 143 acres of preserved prairie land to explore 1800s-era buildings make for a unique beer fest 100% of proceeds go to the Grove Heritage Association
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    1421 Milwaukee Ave
    Glenview, IL US
  • Arlington Heights Historical Museum
    Get your art on! Arlington Heights Historical Museum museum in Arlington Heights is home to many wonderful pieces of art. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    110 West Fremont Street
    Arlington Heights, IL US

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