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Chicago History Museum: Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Multiple Locations

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

$14 $8

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

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

$24 $12

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APR Pullman Porter Museum: General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

Nature museum hosts living and educational exhibits on the natural world including a butterfly haven and a native prairie.

$18 $11

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Joliet Area Historical Museum: Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area 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

$12 $6

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Wonder Works: Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Wonder Works

Oak Park

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

$12 $7

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  • KidsWork Children's Museum
    Across two floors and 6,700 square feet, KidsWork Children's Museum's prompts hands-on play with scores of new exhibits. A table-top interactive computer, or SMART table, stimulates kids' brains with interactive puzzles and games. A weekly music class on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. invite kids to make some noise with instruments made from recycled materials. Interlocking wooden builder boards encourage open-ended play; there's also a floor piano, an interactive ATM, and story time at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. The museum welcomes field-trip groups and birthday parties to explore its innards as well as special-needs families, members, and walk-in visitors. While large groups are welcome, each child is celebrated through hands-on play. Just look at the gigantic, three-dimensional Pinscreen exhibit, a jumbo version of the classic toy that uses sliding pins to create a 3-D impression of whatever you press into them—in this case, your entire body. Along with the Lincoln-Way North Key Club, the Frankfort Fire Department helped construct the three walls by painstakingly inserting nearly 200,000 pins by hand. Their effort resulted in one of the museum's most popular interactive displays. More than that, it reflects the sense of community, curiosity, and creativity that the museum strives to engender in its patrons.
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    11 S White St.
    Frankfort, IL US
  • The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
    After health, the most important thing parents want for their children is a good education, and that means learning inside the classroom and out. But if learning becomes simply memorizing facts in a textbook, it quickly turns into a chore, leading kids to lives of mindless entertainment and ignoring the last 12 mystery ingredients on junk-food labels. To combat this, The Children?s Museum in Oak Lawn introduces children to the arts, sciences, and industry with a series of engaging exhibits that uphold the standards set by the Illinois State Board of Education. These exhibits occupy every inch of their two-story facility, giving kids hands-on experience with concepts such as cause and effect, gravity, and motion. Painting and dress-up theaters cultivate healthy imaginations, and the infant tummy-time zone allows even the tiniest guests to flex their neck muscles and reach stuffed-animal friends. In addition to daily visitors, The Children?s Museum in Oak Lawn welcomes school field trips and family birthday parties.
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    5100 Museum Dr
    Oak Lawn, IL US
  • The Adler Planetarium
    Before bright lights and towering skyscrapers commandeered the night sky, Chicago sprawled beneath the stars. At the Adler, a perforated metal sphere filters out the light pollution, giving a glimpse into what the city sky might have looked like circa 1913. Within the observatory, guests can explore the entire universe, gauging its distance by sending themselves an e-postcard from Neptune (which arrives in four hours) or the Andromeda galaxy (which arrives in 2.5 million years).
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    1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
    Chicago, IL US
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
    Now one of the oldest African American–focused museums in the country, the DuSable Museum of African American History was a rarity when it opened in 1961. Dedicated to preserving the achievements and experiences of Americans of African descent, the institution houses more than 15,000 paints, sculptures, and artifacts. Chicago is a fitting place for the museum, since the city’s founder, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, was himself an African American.
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    740 E 56th Pl.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
    A thousand butterflies flutter through the 2,700-square-foot Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, so at least one is bound to be closeby. Beyond the conservatory, explorers can walk through interactive displays on river ecosystems, a collection of taxidermy, and a sunny outdoor nature trail.
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    2430 N Cannon Dr.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    At the heart of the MSI’s new permanent exhibit, Numbers in Nature, is a 1,800-square-foot maze of mirrors. Set in equilateral triangles, these mirrors hammer home a dizzying lesson: patterns exist everywhere in nature, from the spirals of a sunflower to the fractal branching of a leaf. But this museum goes beyond nature, too. It also celebrates humanity’s technological achievements in the worlds of aeronautics, space exploration, and even meteorology—all with a hands-on focus.
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    5700 S Lake Shore Dr.
    Chicago, IL US

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