I went there because a friend who'd visited the area a few months ago suggested I stop in to see the indoor garden. I would also suggest the same to anyone else who either lives in the Chicago area or is visiting. It's worth it, especially if the weather is very hot or very cold. The temperature inside is controlled, so you can temporarily escape the heat / humidity or the freezing winter. The shopping is nice as well. They have festivals including a chocolate festival, which I missed. :(
PROS: free parking, controlled temp, beautiful plants
Nothing special about this place. They kinda just get you in and get you out. They weren't spectacularly great to see you, but weren't rude either. They do take their time, though. But, in the end they just did what their job was and didn't go out of their way to make sure you were happy. It's not a difficult thing to do, so I dunno.
If you get a chance to visit France, you can see more of the Terra Foundation's (named for Daniel J. Terra) collection. If you enjoy American art, this is by far the most complete and definative collection of pieces I've had the opportunity to see in person. I love John Singleton Copley, Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam, which they have there. They also have Robert Henri amonth others. The collection, starting around 1945, has more than 700 paintings, photographs and sculptures. I wish I would have had more time to stay, but I'm always trying to see just one more museum.... :P
PROS: very good collection, lots to see
I wasn't planning to drop in because I'd already spent so much time at the more popular and publicised museums, but I'm really glad I did. More than 2000 historic instruments on display, it's apparently the largest collection of astronomy collections in the world. When I was a kid, I enjoyed looking at the stars and thought the instruments used to find new land by explorers were intricite, beautiful. I was delighted to find these items here and unexpectedly. I would suggest a stop in the store after seeing at least two exhibitions (The Universe in Your Hands is recommended) to pick up so astronout food.
PROS: inexpensive, lots to see, fun for everyone
Someone finally thought it might be a good idea to put all of the cool museums in the same area together. I reeeaaaally love going to museums and I don't mind walking or taking a bus or driving to obscure places to get to museums I love or discovering new exibits, but the cost of parking and travel and what not, it can get fairly expensive to go out and enjoy some photographs or some dinosaur bones... you get the idea. My sentiment is probably shared more with couples with children. The Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium are all on the same plot of property located right off the freeway. You can see if from all directions and the entry into each museum is cleary deliniated. There were actually people there in orange vests who could answer questions and guide you to the right areas. Right now (or when I was just visiting) they have a free (FREE) trolley that goes from the Metra and Ogilvee Station to Museum Campus, among quite a few other stops. How convenient if you and the family took the train in to see Sue and the Caribbean Reef Dive that you should find a free trolley that takes you directly to the musuems and back when you're all done. World Class.
PROS: convenient, cost effective, beautiful property, on the lake
Okay, so the IMAX theater is this giant tilted dome - It's five stories tall and has a giant wrap around screen. They play films like 'The Human Body' and 'Mystery of the Nile'. This museum is great for kids because it's so hands one. There's a fairy castle! I mean, come on, how can you not take the kids to the fairy castle. Okay, back to the theater - it's completely worth the $27 per ticket if you're an adult. The pricing for kids is $15.25 but again, completely worth it if you have the time.
PROS: great fun, cool screen, excellent for kids
This museum, which was a house owned by the Glessners, has the largest collection of wood carvings by Isaac Scott. Like these, most of the items on display were made specifically for the Glessner family. I would suggest a movie in the park, where you are allowed to bring a picnic as well as a tour of the glessner house museum if you have the time. I'd planned to get an evening with the Curator, but we didn't have a group large enough, so if you're hoping to have an intimate tour of the collections and areas not shown to the public I would get at least 6 people together to enjoy an private look. You also have to have an appointment, which I wish they'd told me over the phone.
It's $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students and children are $8. Wednesdays are free.
The Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center is the best collection of Greek artistic work that captures the visual, literal and performing arts. I live in Los Angeles and comparing related festivals, collections and related celebrations of Hellenic cultures does not compare. When I visited, the 'Remembering Generations: The Greek Immigrant's Journey' I was touched by the collection depicting the Greek immigrant experience and when in the area will visit again. Until June 4th, 2005 there is a another exibit 'Cyprus Engraved: Maps from the Cyprus Museum Collection' that I would also recommend.
Cool! is the first thing I thought when I walked in to the Museum of Holography - if you can apreciate art in any form and like staring at things for extended periods of time, then I would definately visit. Great for the kids or the whole family. What's cool is that they also have a School of Holography as well. They're fav thing to brag about is that they are the only museum like it in the world. The guide we had presented holography as both an art form as well as a scientific discipline, which was very interesting - I would go see this if you have the time. And take the kids / teenagers - They'll really enjoy it.
Founded by a muralist and a former U.S. Representative, this museum focuses on the impact of war and peace via the arts. The collection includes lots of stuff: poster and buttons, banners, ribbons as well as paintings and sculptures. The exhibits run an interesting and sad gamut of some of the most prevalent social issues like domestic abuse, women's rights, prisons and the very horrible realities of war. They have guided tours and would strongly suggest taking one, they are excellent. This museum is truly one of a kind and worth a visit.