57th and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL. 773-684-1414. www.msichicago.org
$13 adults, $9 ages 3-11, $12 seniors 65+, 2 and under free. Discounts for Chicago residents. ASTC membership reciprocity. Pay parking available. Stroller accessible. Restrooms available. Cafe on-site.
Our last visit to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry had been two years ago, but when the kids heard we were going there again, they immediately asked to go to the children’s area–it had definitely made an impression on them.
The Museum of Science and Industry has so many different exhibit areas that I sometimes forget it’s all one museum. From the kids’ Idea Factory, to the U-505 submarine, to the Pioneer Zephyr train, to the farm exhibit complete with tractor and combine, to the model train exhibit, there’s something for everyone at the museum. We were there from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and still hadn’t seen everything. We’ll go back on our next trip to Chicago.
I liked the Idea Factory and I put a lot of balls through the pipe over to that place and then when it got full, the balls floated over there and it kept going in circles. It was like the balls were overflowing.
I really liked the water part where you got to pedal.