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.
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
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
It was the late 1970s, and neo-Nazis were threatening to march in Skokie. Chicago-area Survivors and their supporters, reacting to the situation, came together to create the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. This initiative evolved into the Museum which was built to honor the memory of Holocaust victims; educate visitors; and combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference in local communities and throughout the world.
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.
It started in 1977, with a donation by philanthropists John Mayo and Betty Seabury Mitchell of approximately 3,000 artifacts to found the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Since its inception, the museum has sought to broaden the public's understanding of the continent's cultural diversity of American Indian and First Nation peoples. To that end, it showcases the historical and artistic achievements of the Native American and First Nations peoples of the present-day United States and Canada.
Donations over the decades have helped swell the meticulously preserved permanent collection to more than 10,000 objects. Consisting of pieces from tribes throughout the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Arctic regions of North America, the collection has a broad-based appeal for researchers, knowledge-hungry visitors, and the culturally curious. Baskets, pottery, clothing, paintings, beadwork, carvings, and archaeological and ethnographic artifacts dating from Paleo-Indian times to the present fill the display cases. Additionally, the museum features special areas where guests can touch and handle Native-made tools and raw materials—including snakeskins, birch bark, and turquoise—that the Native American and First Nations peoples historically would have used in everyday life. Temporary exhibits explore specific themes, such as the cultural identity of mixed race Native peoples and the traditions of storytelling in Native culture.
The Evanston History Center
covers the history of the city of Evanston—but with roots going back nearly 120 years, the Center almost deserves a historical society of its own. It's headquartered in the National Landmark home of Charles Gates Dawes, the Vice President under Calvin Coolidge. In addition to the physical building and the collection of art and artifacts, the Center also leads walking architecture tours, music performances, and ice cream socials.
Size: six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, two parlors, a library, a dining room, a billiard room, and a ballroom, though it doesn't have a virtual golf center
Eye Catcher: the house itself: a 3.5-story chateau that visitors can explore on docent-led tours every Thursday through Sunday
Permanent Mainstay: Milestones and Memories, a second-floor exhibit featuring such artifacts as a surgeon's case, and paintings from several centuries throughout the house
Don't Miss: live events, such as a lecture series on the role of WWI in the history of the city, holiday parties and ice cream socials, and walking tours exploring architecture, the lakefront, and women's history