Museums in River Forest, IL


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

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

$200 $149

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

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

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

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

Chicago History Museum

Chicago

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

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

Hesston Steam Museum

Galena

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

$34 $20

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

$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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Evanston History Center: Tour  of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 62% Off)

Tour of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 62% 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 $15

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International Museum of Surgical Science: Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (62% Off)

Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (62% 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 $15

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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 58% Off)

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 58% 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 $25

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

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

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

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

$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

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Naughty Little Cabaret Mother's Day Show: Naughty Little Cabaret Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8

Naughty Little Cabaret Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8

Naughty Little Cabaret Mother's Day Show

Original Mothers

Male and female burlesque revue dazzles with acrobatics, teasing, and titillating dance moves

$30 $20

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Original Mother's: Mother's Day Cabaret at Original Mother's

Mother's Day Cabaret at Original Mother's

Original Mother's

Near North Side

$30 $19.75

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Metropolis Performing Arts Centre: "Rent" at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

"Rent" at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Arlington Heights

$38 $24.25

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Dells Army Duck Tour: Amphibious Tour for Two or Four from Dells Army Duck Tour (Up to 48% Off)

Amphibious Tour for Two or Four from Dells Army Duck Tour (Up to 48% 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 $32

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

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

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

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

Cascade/Keno Drive In

West Chicago

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

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

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 $25

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

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

Go City Card

 

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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Madison Street Theatre: Tracers at Madison Street Theatre

Tracers at Madison Street Theatre

Madison Street Theatre

Oak Park

$20 $13.75

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Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour: Choice of Ghost Bus Tour for One or Two at Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour (31% Off)

Choice of Ghost Bus Tour for One or Two at Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour (31% Off)

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour

Chicago Hauntings Ghost

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 $25

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The Chicago Magic Lounge: The Chicago Magic Lounge (Thursday Nights at 8 p.m. Through June 25)

The Chicago Magic Lounge (Thursday Nights at 8 p.m. Through June 25)

The Chicago Magic Lounge

The Chicago Magic Lounge at the Uptown Underground

Step back in time to an era when close-up, table-side, and parlor magic were all the rage in Chicago

$25 $15

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Mercury Theater: "The Producers" at Mercury Theater

"The Producers" at Mercury Theater

Mercury Theater

Lakeview

$45 $30.75

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Tall Ship Windy of Chicago: 75-Minute Sailing Tour for One or Two on Tall Ship Windy of Chicago (Up to 27% Off)

75-Minute Sailing Tour for One or Two on Tall Ship Windy of Chicago (Up to 27% Off)

Tall Ship Windy of Chicago

Navy Pier

A 148-foot-long, traditional four-masted schooner sails throughout Lake Michigan for about 75 minutes

$30 $22

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Bike and Roll Chicago: Sunset Segway Tour from Millennium Park for One or Two from Bike and Roll Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

Sunset Segway Tour from Millennium Park for One or Two from Bike and Roll Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Millennium Park

Easily maneuverable segway vehicles traverse the lakefront for views of the Chicago skyline, parks, and lakeside museums

$75 $39

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

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

$79.90 $54

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

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 $15

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Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater: One or Two Tickets to a Roaring '20s Dinner Show at Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater (40% Off)

One or Two Tickets to a Roaring '20s Dinner Show at Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater (40% Off)

Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater

South Loop

After a sit-down dinner, an interactive 1920’s musical comedy review complete with gangsters and flappers unfolds; appropriate for all ages

$65 $39

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Kiss Kiss Cabaret: Kiss Kiss Cabaret Through August 31

Kiss Kiss Cabaret Through August 31

Kiss Kiss Cabaret

Chicago

A vaudevillian host, magic acts, and a troupe of teasing dancers fill an old-fashioned burlesque show

$25 $15

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

$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

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Segway Experience of Chicago: $37 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago from Segway Experience of Chicago (Up to $65 Value)

$37 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago from Segway Experience of Chicago (Up to $65 Value)

Segway Experience of Chicago

The Loop

Atop a latest-generation Segway PT, guests coast past Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park, occasionally pausing for photo ops

$65 $37

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

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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"Late Nite Catechism" or "Bible Bingo": "Bible Bingo" or "Late Nite Catechism", January 8–May 28

"Bible Bingo" or "Late Nite Catechism", January 8–May 28

"Late Nite Catechism" or "Bible Bingo"

Royal George Theatre

Two comedies from Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan skewer Catholic traditions and sensibilities in a lighthearted, interactive romp

$30 $18

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"Little Shop of Horrors": Little Shop of Horrors, April 30–May 29

Little Shop of Horrors, April 30–May 29

"Little Shop of Horrors"

Greenhouse Theater Center

A lovelorn flower-shop employee lands in trouble when his venus flytrap finds an appetite for human flesh in this rock musical comedy

$23 $12

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

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

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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Edge Theater: The Woman Who Amuses Herself at Edge Theater

The Woman Who Amuses Herself at Edge Theater

Edge Theater

Edgewater

$10 $7.50

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Under the Gun Theater: Those Who Can't at Under the Gun Theater

Those Who Can't at Under the Gun Theater

Under the Gun Theater

Chicago

$12 $9

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Chicago Balloon Rides: 3.5-Hour Hot Air Balloon Ride Experience from Chicago Balloon Rides (Up to 28% Off). Two Options Available.

3.5-Hour Hot Air Balloon Ride Experience from Chicago Balloon Rides (Up to 28% Off). Two Options Available.

Chicago Balloon Rides

Hampshire

Enjoy scenic countryside views and maybe spot the city skyline during balloon rides from FAA-certified pilots

$275 $199

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All White Edition Reggae Yacht Party: The Oasis All White Edition Boat Party on "The Anita Dee II" on June 19 (Up to 51% Off)

The Oasis All White Edition Boat Party on "The Anita Dee II" on June 19 (Up to 51% Off)

All White Edition Reggae Yacht Party

Dusable Harbor

4th annual reggae and Caribbean yacht party treats guests to live DJs and jerk from Uncle Joe’s aboard the luxurious Anita Dee II

$132.87 $65

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Bring It! Live: Bring It! Live on Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m.

Bring It! Live on Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m.

Bring It! Live

Star Plaza Theatre

Miss D and her Dancing Dolls of Lifetime’s Bring It! show off the high-kicks and hair-flips that made them Grand Champions (and TV stars)

$46.55 $33

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Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: Three-Hour Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 26% Off)

Three-Hour Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 26% Off)

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

Multiple Locations

Local guides talk about the architecture and history of River North or Wicker Park while stopping at places such as Xoco and Antique Taco

$55 $42

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The Dancing Horses Theatre and Exotic Bird Show: The Dancing Horses Theatre and Exotic Bird Show (May 1–May 31)

The Dancing Horses Theatre and Exotic Bird Show (May 1–May 31)

The Dancing Horses Theatre and Exotic Bird Show

The Dancing Horses Theatre

Equestrians & various horse breeds do a Vegas-style performance, followed by an exotic bird show featuring Echo from America’s Got Talent

$65 $33

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"Flanagan's Wake" : "Flanagan's Wake" Interactive Comedy with Buffet Dinner (May 13–June 16)

"Flanagan's Wake" Interactive Comedy with Buffet Dinner (May 13–June 16)

"Flanagan's Wake"

Chicago Theater Works

Join the colorful denizens of Grapplin, Ireland, as they (and you) toast the departed with a raucous evening of stories, songs, and stouts

$49 $29

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Second City Tours: One, Two, Three, Tickets to a Chicago Sweet Treats Tour from Second City Tours (Up to 56% Off)

One, Two, Three, Tickets to a Chicago Sweet Treats Tour from Second City Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Second City Tours

Chicago

Guests sample cupcakes, cake balls, truffles, and gelato and a number of famous Chicago sweets shops on this 90-minute tour

$50 $25

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The Annoyance Theatre & Bar: The Power of Prom at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Power of Prom at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

Lakeview

$20 $13.75

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Illiana Brew Bus: Illiana Brew Bus Tour for 2, 4, 6, or 14 (Up to 37% Off)

Illiana Brew Bus Tour for 2, 4, 6, or 14 (Up to 37% Off)

Illiana Brew Bus

Highland

Daily brewery tours hit up a changing lineup of four beer-makers around northern Indiana

$50 $33

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Select Local Merchants

  • 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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