Museum of Science and Industry
About the Museum
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
I can't even begin to know the way to describe how amazing this place is. From Brick by Brick to the 727, everything about the place was wonderful. I only wish we had more than one day so we could have covered more of the museum. I highly recommend making sure you do the U-505 and check out the Fairy Castle. Jake was an awesome guide for the U-boat, and the amount of detail in the fairy castle is astounding. But there isn't really a spot where you can go wrong.
Best museum in the city. I took my 5 year old and 8 year old nieces and we had a hard time getting them to stop exploring for lunch because they were having so much fun. The weather room with so many levels and buttons, the human body exploration with games and touchscreens, and the mirror maze alone could've kept them busy for a day but that was only 20% of the museum! Cannot recommend high enough. And, as an adult, I had just as much (if not more!) fun too.
I really wish we would have known how cool this place was before we got there. We would have spent twice as much time here if we could have. So much interactive stuff and so many neat things to see. Some much bigger than you expect. Great for both kids and adults. I would say make this one of your top places to get to on a trip to Chicago.
I haven't eaten at many places in Chicago, but Pasta Bowl is a favorite. The Gorgonzola Rosemary Gnocchi is amazing and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual around the lunch and early afternoon hours. I didn't think the prices were out of line. We will definitely be back.
My wife and I journeyed here by train from downtown Chicago, and spent a few hours wandering around. There are many interesting exhibits. We wanted to see the inside of the train, and submarine, but chose not to spend the extra money on those two. Overall, we had a great day. The crowds were very large, and we were not there on one of their busier days. If you have the time to spend, I recommend taking the train from downtown and make a day of it. It's quite an adventure!