Museums in Forest Park, IL


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

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

Wonder Works Chicago
Oak Park

Without trips to museums, the most exciting thing to happen to most families would be the periodic elections to determine who gets to be Dad that week.

$42 $18

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$18 for a Tour for Two at The Gold Pyramid ($30 Value). 36 Dates and Times Available.

The Gold Pyramid
Wadsworth

Built as a private home in 1977, the 17,000 sq. ft. pyramid features statues, a moat, a three-pyramid garage, and Egyptian-style furnishings

$30 $18

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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

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Maker Faire Detroit Admission for Two or Four at The Henry Ford on July 30 or 31 (Up to 48% Off)

The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford

Over 400 inventors and DIY makers show off the science behind their robotics, electronics, and rockets plus food and music

$56 $30

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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

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Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 56% 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 $27

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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

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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

include invitations to programs and events, and reciprocal free or reduced admission to more than 200 science centers and museums around the world.

$40 $20

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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

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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

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Museum Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for a Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 44% Off)

Elgin Area Historical Society
Eastside Elgin

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

$6 $5

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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

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"DaVinci & Michelangelo – The Titans Experience" Museum Theatre on July 2 at 6 p.m. or July 3 at 2 p.m.

"DaVinci & Michelangelo – The Titans Experience"
Water Tower Place

Interact with DaVinci’s Machines before experiencing a live theatre production comparing DaVinci’s and Michelangelo’s works on-stage

$40 $20

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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

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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

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Nature on Tap

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

$12 $9

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Monday Night Sunset Cocktail Cruise Aboard the Anita Dee II Yacht - Monday June 27, 2016 / 6:30pm

Anita Dee II Yacht
Chicago

$25 $16

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Lakefront Speedboat Tour, Thrill Ride, or Architectural Tour from Seadog Cruises (Up to 31% Off)

Seadog Cruises
Navy Pier

Speedboats zip past famed Chicago landmarks along the lakefront and river; informative narration on city’s history and architecture

$29.07 $20

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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

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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

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Petting Farm and Animal Park Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Jo-Don Farms (40% Off)

Jo-Don Farms
Caledonia

Guests greet more than 200 animals, from camels to tigers, at zoo open for 40 years

$10 $6

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

Go City Card
Plano

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

$49 $40.50

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Chicago Helicopter Tour for Two in the Daytime or Nighttime from Chicago Helicopter Experience

Chicago Helicopter Experience
Bridgeport

Passengers soar over the skyline, marveling at the Willis Tower, John Hancock Building, and Trump Tower

$296 $256

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Amphibious-Duck Tour of the Wisconsin Dells for Two or Four from Original Wisconsin Ducks (Up to 17% 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

$53.40 $45

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Upper Dells Boat Tour for Two or Four from Dells Boat Tours (Up to 17% Off)

Dells Boat Tours
Upper Dells Boat Tour Dock

Take in all that’s magnificent about the Dells on this two-hour trek through the area’s sandstone formations and secret river passageways

$53.40 $45

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$39 for a Two-Hour Wednesday-Night Fireworks Cruise from Island Party Boat ($75 Value)

Island Party Boat
Chicago Lakefront

Take in fireworks lighting up the Chicago skyline on an island-themed 50-foot boat equipped with a sundeck, lounge, and premium sound system

$75 $39

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Sightseeing Tour or Brunch Tour for One or Two from Chicago's Finest Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour
Wrigley Building Plaza

Tours take guests along Chicago’s historic River Walk, around the Loop, or to a hearty brunch buffet

$50 $24

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Gangster Tour of Chicago for One, Two, or Four from Best Tours (Up to 65% Off)

Best Tours (Chicago)
Chicago

Tour-goers take a 90-minute jaunt past iconic landmarks and mob movie filming locations while learning about Chicago’s gangster past

$35 $17

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Chocolate Tour of Chicago with Seven Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Best Tours (Up to 63% Off)

Best Tours
Chicago

Sample Aztec chocolate drinks, cupcakes, truffles, and chocolate donuts during two-hour chocolate tour along the Magnificent Mile

$50 $24

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Choice of Ghost Bus Tour for One or Two at Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour (19% Off)

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour
Chicago

Paranormal experts narrate a bus tour; specialty tours explore haunted sites inspired by the city’s gothic past or the notorious H.H. Holmes

$36 $29

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Cupcake Crawl for One, Two, or Four from Second City Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Second City Tours
Water Tower Place

The city’s favorite cupcake hot spots are visited during this tour: Sprinkles, Sacred Grounds, More, and Crumbs

$50 $23

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Gangster History Tour from The Barrel Run (Up to 40% Off)

The Barrel Run
Near North Side

A bus styled to look like an actual beer barrel sets a party-friendly tone for these educational tours of Chicago’s gangster-filled history

$70 $49

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$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($325 Value)

Bachman Aero
Schaumburg

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

$325 $149

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve (Up to 48% Off)

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
Buchanan

20 themed gardens, a nature preserve, and a 45-acre arboretum burst with plant and animal life

$32 $17

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Segway Tour for One or Two at Cantigny Segway Experience (Up to 36% Off)

Cantigny Segway Experience
Cantigny Park

Certified guides lead tours through Cantigny Park’s beautiful grounds, which encompass everything from gardens to historic tanks

$59 $39

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Chocolate Crawl for One, Two, or Four from Second City Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Second City Tours
Water Tower Place

Get your chocolate fix during this tour that visits five of the city’s most beloved sweet-treat havens

$50 $23

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Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for One, Two, or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 56% Off)

Haunted Hometowns, Corp.
Multiple Locations

Ghost-seekers clutch EMF meters on lantern-lit tours through historic and haunted sites as guides relate tales of local specters

$20 $12

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$75 for a Lazy River Tubing Outing with Round-Trip Transport from Cannonball Productions ($93.65 Value)

Cannonball Productions
Bus Pick-Up

Enjoy a day of river floating and an afternoon at the park, basketball, slip n’ slide, volleyball, and an all-you-can-eat taco bar

$93.65 $75

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Animal Petting Farm Visit for Two or Four at Green Meadows Petting Farm (Up to 42% Off)

Green Meadows Petting Farm
East Troy

Fuzzy fleeces, soft feathers, and bristly hides rub against hands at a petting zoo where kids can also ride a pony and milk a cow

$27.50 $17

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Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 38% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours
Near North Side

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

$159.80 $99

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Admission for One, Two, or Four to the Chinatown Food Tour of Chicago from Best Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Best Tours (Chicago)
Chicago

Tours of Chicago’s Chinatown make stops for dumplings, tea, and fortune and almond cookies

$50 $25

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Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Second City Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Second City Tours
John Hancock Center

90-minute tour explores the tragic side of Chicago history with stops to locales said to be marked by paranormal activity

$30 $14

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Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 37% Off)

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago
Wicker Park

Enjoy a roving lunch of five different tastings while learning about the history and culture of either River North or Wicker Park

$55 $35

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Italian Food Tour of Chicago with Five Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Best Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Best Tours
Chicago

Sample Chicago-style pizza, italian beef, and artisan products during a two-hour Italian-food tour along the Magnificent Mile

$50 $25

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Chicago Chinatown Walking Tour for Two or Four from the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute
Armour Square

Chinatown walking tour showcases historical landmarks and great restaurants and teahouses on a 90-minute, 5- to 6-block jaunt

$20 $10

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One, Two, or Four Tickets to the Chicago Gangster Tour from Second City Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Second City Tours
Holy Name Cathedral

Guides recount local legends about Al Capone, Dillenger, and more during a 90-minute gangster tour

$30 $14

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Tour with Theatre Passes for Two or Four at Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort (Up to 48% Off)

Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort
Nappanee

Guests learn about the Amish lifestyle on this authentic and historic farm and homestead, which is also home to a musical theater

$85.80 $49

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$59 for a Three-Hour Segway Tour of Chicago from City Segway Tours ($70 Value)

City Segway Tours (Chicago)
City Segway Tours Chicago

Take a guided Segway tour past Chicago landmarks including Soldier Field and the Field Museum, and enjoy views of Navy Pier and the skyline

$70 $59

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  • Trailside Museum
    Use your free time to see the veritable treasures at Trailside Museum's museum in River Forest. Whether you want mouth-watering food or great drinks, this museum has the restaurant just for you. At this museum, everyone will find something they love — kids included! Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    738 Thatcher Avenue
    River Forest, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
    It's safe to say that Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name, partly because he put his name on so many houses. The sites overseen by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust receive nearly 150,000 visitors a year—tangible proof that the visionary's impact on architecture, design, and culture remains alive and well. To ensure that legacy continues, the Chicago-based nonprofit runs tours at several of Wright's buildings and hosts various educational programs. Home and Studio: Unity Temple. Robie House. The Rookery Light Court remodeling. All classic pieces of Modern architecture, and all designed inside the studio at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. From 1889 until 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright worked out of this residential space, eventually expanding the home to include a proper studio as demand for his services grew. Now an architectural destination in its own right, the Home and Studio welcomes guests seeking a look into the mind (and working conditions) of America's most famed architect. On tours, trained interpreters guide visitors through the space, sharing anecdotes and insights into Wright's work and home life. Frederick C. Robie House: The crown jewel of Hyde Park's residential architecture, the Frederick C. Robie House was designed by Wright for the up-and-coming industrialist of the same name between 1908 and 1910. Widely hailed as one of the finest examples of the Prairie School of architectural design, the house has earned its share of accolades over the years, including a spot on the very first National Register of Historic Places in 1966. During tour, architectural experts guide groups through each of the house's significant features, from the cantilevered roof and prevalence of horizontal lines to the striking leaded glass windows that give the house its inner light. Tours also cover recent restoration efforts, giving guests an inside look at what it takes to preserve a historic home.
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    951 Chicago Ave.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
    "You know, Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture"—bold, blunt, and revolutionary, Frank Lloyd Wright single-handedly forged the Prairie school of architecture, of which Unity Temple is perhaps the purest example. Built between 1905 and 1908, the church broke all of the traditional rules, replacing the steeple with low, flat roofs, removing the prominent entranceway to create a sense of monolithic austerity, and most daringly of all, using poured concrete as not just a structural element but an architectural one. This honest exposure of a conventionally hidden material reflected the philosophy of a man who valued genuine candor over sweetened niceties, whether in word or in stone. More than a century since its construction, the church is in the midst of an ongoing restoration, funded by member sponsorship and daily admission fees. Although the interior still luxuriates in the wash of natural light from the stained glass ceiling, and the boxy, modern light fixtures flicker on, the exterior faces severe weathering due mainly to Wright's eternally before-his-time designs, which failed to account for the effects of water and time on concrete, and an infestation of rockbiters in the 70s.
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    875 Lake St.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Wonder Works Chicago
    A giant tree spreads its limbs across a softly lit room as soothing forest sounds play. On a child-size stage, kids manipulate controls to flick theater lights on and off. In an art studio stocked with supplies, budding artists make creative messes. This is all taking place in Wonder Works' 6,400-square-foot space. Children aged 8 and younger explore six hands-on exhibits that help them express their creativity and develop mental and social skills. Wonder Works is able to cater to children with special needs. The children's museum also hosts school field trips, and a variety of special activities and events including a children's music concert series, African American History Month, and the paleontology-centric Dino Works. In addition, an outdoor organic garden onsite gives kids an opportunity to marvel in the great outdoors without having to pay tolls to riddle-spouting trolls.
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    6445 W North Ave.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
    The best museums in Oak Park hardly compare to the intimate and profound setting of Ernest Hemingway Birth Home's. Be sure to visit the restaurant at this museum for a delicious meal. Take the kids along too — this museum is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Ernest Hemingway Birth Home is also accessible via public transportation, with a close stop at Oak Park-Green (Green). Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles. So if you're looking for a fun time, make plans to visit Ernest Hemingway Birth Home.
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    339 North Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Pleasant Home Foundation
    When life affords you a little free time, check out the cultural artifacts at Pleasant Home Foundation in Oak Park. Wandering souls would be best to visit this museum for any one of their A+ dishes. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Pleasant Home Foundation is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Harlem-Green (Green) and Oak Park-Green (Green).
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    217 Home Avenue
    Oak Park, IL US

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