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There are a ton of great museums in Chicago, everything from the Art Institute, the Field Museum, the Shed Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.
The Museum of Science and Industry is actually in Hyde Park, so right before turning into the loop into downtown Chicago you turn the opposite direction.
The museum is huge and you will not be able to see everything in one day but you should be able to see enough that you do not probably need a second day. You can learn about weather, about farming, about the heart and the body, airplanes, trains, really anything you can think of you can probably learn about it.
|We didn't get the donuts at the museum but they are an Illinois staple|
For an additional costs there are also Omnimax movies (think IMAX on steroids). The screen is huge and in a circular dome and it makes you feel like you are part of the movie. The shows are educational, often about protecting the planet and the very comfy chairs are actually quite good for a quick nap.
There is also a Coal Mine, which we did not go in this trip; but just be warned it is kind of dark and pretty noisy so young kids might not like it.
The Willis (Sears) Tower
Now you see, I grew up outside of Chicago and have forever known the tallest building in the country as the Sears Tower; so when it was renamed a few years ago, well I am still fighting it.
There are actually two really tall buildings in Chicago that have great observation decks, the John Hancock and the Willis Tower. Lucas knows the Willis Tower is the tallest in the country, so that was our choice. Just be prepared- it is expensive to park at the Willis Tower (as well as everywhere else in downtown Chicago).
They show you a video as you enter, which some just skip, but is actually quite interesting, then it is up a super fast elevator to the Sky Deck. Definitely bring your camera as the views are amazing.