Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Chicago

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Chicago on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Chicago

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  • ellen morano
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Experience. Everyone lovely and all was great! I loved just being there and having a good peaceful time! It Rocks!
    Written 23 June 2024
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  • Julie L
    Leichhardt, Australia937 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So going to a large museum in the summer school holidays was always going to be a busy time to go, but I think this was the most packed museum I’ve been to. Nevertheless it was well worth the visit.

    Worth noting that a lot of the displays cost extra or you need to book a time to go in. If you’re keen to see a particular one that needs booking I suggest booking as soon as you arrive as you might have to wait a while.

    The 007 display was with the extra ticket price if you’re a fan. We also paid to watch the D Day film in the Globe Theatre.

    If it wasn’t such a hot day I’d have spent more time admiring the museum from the outside as it’s a beautiful building.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • Caitlin H
    Kansas40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and historic Chicago building that has been skillfully retrofitted for wheelchair accessibility. Multiple bathroom configurations available depending on your personal needs.

    Educational and fun exhibits, including their ticked experiences.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Donald L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very awesome the sets are great gory and informative. The ghost tour is really cool you can record and snap a pic so all in all great.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • MojoLad
    Graton, CA305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went here just to check out the famed Tiffany Dome, but as there was a free docent-led tour starting, decided to take in the whole experience. It was wonderful! And free! The building itself is something else, with jaw-droppingly beautiful mosaics throughout, recently cleaned and now in their full original glory, and of course the Dome, which just in itself is worthy of a visit. There's also a cool little (unafiiated) gift shop with very interesting art & souvenirs for sale entirely created by local Chicago artists. Strongly recommended.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Jennifer T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful home! They take the time to answer questions. The exhibits are very well done. I learned a lot about what life was like for wealthy families during the Gilded Age, which helped me better understand Chicago's history.
    Written 1 June 2024
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  • Miguel Gómez
    Monterrey, Mexico33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a nice place, you can see to many types of sea animals and fishes, my favorite was the Beluga, I really loved it. In my opinion I didn't like the location of the things, at a moment we got lost, and we didn't know where to go because the map was a little bit confusing, but then we figured it out. However, the aquarium is really nice, with a very large posession of fishes, and with a very interesting story
    Written 19 June 2024
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  • Outofdodge_10
    Santa Fe, NM1,338 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Garfield Park Observatory is a beautiful place for an event with all of the indoor foliage. There is plenty of room to have dinner, dance and wander around the trees and flowers. About a block away, it can get a bit sketchy, so I thought it was better to Uber than park a car. Especially at night. Uber took care of that.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • Arielle
    Mobile, AL131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited during a time that no games were happening, but I still wanted to visit the Bulls/Blackhawks shop to get some gear, and visit the Michael Jordan statue. It was very nice. Lots of cool items inside.
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,342 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When I prepared a list of places to visit while in Chicago this Cathedral was recommended mainly because of its intriguing ceiling. We took red line subway which stopped near it. All comments about the amazing ceiling were correct, it was breathtaking. During our visit the school connected to the Cathedral prepared the space for pupils graduation. The toilets were in the basement and there was an elevator people like me using walking stick, can use. After we came out we saw row of pupils in the graduation dress going in.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Anuja V
    Toronto, Canada31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This little museum is such a worthwhile stop if you are visiting Chicago! Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic, tickets are reasonably priced, and there is a lot to see, do, and learn. There’s a great kid lit room that’s perfect for kids who might just want a quiet space to read/chill. Lots of interactive exhibits to check out. Kids especially liked the typewriters and the digital mad libs. Free bookmarks for everyone was a nice touch!
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, GA864 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant oasis near the zoo that is well worth a visit. It is pretty small, but has a beautiful set of plants grouped into several rooms by local.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • DriveAllNight
    New City, NY261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We thoroughly enjoyed joyed the exhibits - and we learned so much about Chicago’s history. Really nice and helpful staff too.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey16,024 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aside from Cloud Gate and Buckingham Fountain, The Chicago Theatre's red and yellow marquee is perhaps one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. At the northern edge of the Loop, The Chicago Theatre first opened its doors in 1921 as an extravagant movie theater and performance venue. Between the theater's unmistakable sign and its stunning façade, it's impossible to miss this stunning Chicago landmark.

    the theater has hosted such big names as Duke Ellington, Diana Ross and Prince, in addition to screening blockbuster flicks. The theater's historic appearance enhances the overall experience of catching an event here. Just remember, cameras and video cameras, including those on cell phones, cannot be used during tours or performances.

    It is a few blocks northwest of Millennium Park. Even if you don't have time to check out a show, be sure to pop in or schedule a tour to get a closer look.
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • Member24
    Berkeley, CA21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small museum flies somewhat under the radar, but it has a world-famous collection. It's on the University of Chicago campus just across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. In the first half of the 20th century the University's Oriental Institute, funded by John D Rockefeller, led excavations in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Palestine and Egypt and brought home treasures including important neolithic and bronze age artifacts and some truly monumental sculptures from Assyria, Babylon and Persepolis. The collection is housed in a beautiful art deco building (thanks again to John D) and is very well displayed and interpreted. A short (1.5 hour) visit and extremely worthwhile.
    Written 15 June 2024
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