Activities for a Rainy Day in Chicago

What to Do in Chicago When it Rains

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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN1,169 contributions
    This museum has a little bit of everything for everyone. And it is large enough for you to dedicate a full day if you want. But you could also do a highlight tour within a couple of hours if you were so inclined. Really, this is a great museum, and you’re sure to find something of interest in the museum. You’re likely going to the museum regardless of this review if you’re visiting Chicago, but here’s one more review saying you should go
    Written 25 November 2022
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  • FRED H
    1 contribution
    The Submarine U505 and the coal mine are great and there is much more of interest at the museum. You need a whole day to see it all. The exhibits were for the most part in good condition and working.
    Written 13 November 2022
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  • Randall
    West Des Moines, IA34 contributions
    Went here as we had city pass. It was pretty neat seeing everything this museum had. I remember the t rex and I love how the museum is near the lake. Great for kids. To me it’s a one and done.
    Written 24 November 2022
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  • FAY E
    108 contributions
    This building must be priceless given the architecture, marble, dimensions, etc. Really awesome to visit and photograph.
    Written 8 November 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    The fabled Castle, the one-time home of Potter and Honore Palmer on North Lake Shore Drive, is long gone. So are many of Prairie Avenue's historic mansions. But the Richard H. Driehaus Museum still is open to the public, a classic reminder of America's Gilded Age, Located at 40 East Erie Street, at Wabash, near the Magnificent Mile, on Chicago's Near North Side, it is housed within the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, the 1883 residence of a wealthy Chicago banker. The museum, replete with marble, onyx, carved exotic and domestic woods, glazed tiles and stained glass, does not re-create the Nickerson mansion but rather broadly interprets and displays the prevailing design, architecture and decorating tastes of the Gilded Age. On display are original furnishings from the Nickerson era along with American and European decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including a number of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum is named after its founder, Richard H. Driehaus, a Chicago businessman, philanthropist and art collector. At the time of its completion in 1883, the mansion was reportedly the most expensive and elaborate private residence in Chicago, having cost $450,000. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and designated a Chicago Historic Landmark in 1977. It was opened to the public in 2008. In addition to the Tiffany works, the Driehaus collection includes over 1,500 objects, including furniture, vases and Favrile glass.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • gazzamuppet
    Farnham, UK435 contributions
    Decided to go here on my last day before flying out.
    Gave myself three hours - I think double this is needed as there is so much to see!
    The place is a bit of a warren, so it is sometimes difficult to navigate the place.
    Did a 4D show shich was entertaining and also the Beluga whales spotlight.
    Would have loved more time!
    Written 24 October 2022
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  • Acampbell10
    Detroit, MI38 contributions
    The Conservatory was a wonderful way to spend the morning. The plants/landscapes were so nice to walk through. The staff was very friendly and plants were identified for easy recognition. I Highly recommend visiting for a peaceful 2 hours
    Written 15 October 2022
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  • BBonnet
    151 contributions
    Sunday Mass at this classical 19th century church was splendid. The building, rebuilt after the Fire in Limestone with a wooden roof like an inverted ship's hull, picked out with thousands of gold-leaf highlights, is a wonder in itself. An ill-advised "updating" from 1969 diminishes the impact of the architecture regrettably--pictorial stained glass windows were replaced with now-dated abstract designs--but is still well worth a visit.
    Written 11 November 2022
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  • Mark R
    Valparaiso, IN911 contributions
    An absolutely beautiful theater with comfortable seating great views and loose and very good acoustics. I don't think there's a bad seat in the house.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • NapierAro
    napier485 contributions
    This small museum far exceeded my expectations. Had to admit that I found the term "Oriental" a little confusing, as the numerous items on display were mostly from the Middle East and Egypt, with a smaller display of Roman statues.

    The items were all stunningly displayed with good captions. There were only six other visitors there so it made me feel very select.

    This was a real highlight of my visit to this city, and was only a five minute walk from the famous Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.
    Written 4 November 2022
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  • nicholebowers
    Stamford, Connecticut67 contributions
    Our family toured the Robie House while in the Chicago area and had a great experience. This is definitely an activity for adults or older children; my child is a very mature tween and she enjoyed seeing the house and asking questions, but is accustomed to these tours and behaved accordingly. Our guide was fantastic, and I believe he runs the site, so perhaps has greater knowledge and interest than other reviewers commenting on the guide. Having never seen a FLW home in person, I thought this was well done and I appreciate the restoration that ensures the house is true to its 1920’s original appearance. My child was disappointed there was little furniture to see (there is some), but the house has changed hands a few times.

    Gift shop had a range of items at several price levels and all staff we spoke with were wonderful. Would highly recommend this experience,as it was convenient from downtown Chicago on the Meatra ($2 reduced fare ticket each way, per person) and our taxi was $20 for the family from the downtown - note we didn’t see many taxi options going back to Chicago so we rode the train. On street parking is plentiful BUT school was not in session. Gorgeous area with many other cool buildings on the University of Chicago campus. Also close to the Museum of Science and Industry.
    Written 27 August 2022
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  • NapierAro
    napier485 contributions
    This well set our museum tells the fascinating story of this great city. It follows the development in a chronological order and there's more than enough to hold any viewer's attention. Also interesting exhibits on "rights" along with Martin Luther King.
    Really nice staff, spotless toilets and a pretty reasonable cafe.
    Written 1 November 2022
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  • Kerry R
    World4 contributions
    The theatre itself was intimate and comfortable. Really don't think there was a bad seat in the house. We got to see their production of the brand new musical, "The Notebook". It was EXCELLENT!
    Written 15 October 2022
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  • Angie
    Northfield, OH119 contributions
    Spent the weekend in Chicago with family. This is a hidden gem! Beautiful both inside and out. Best of all its FREE! Check it out!
    Written 16 October 2022
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  • DoAllThings413
    Ohio12 contributions
    I attended a sold-out concert here; there isn’t a bad seat in this place, even in the 300s. Excellent sound and views all around. They don’t accept cash. Bottled water is $6 each. Getting there was a breeze. We paid ahead of time via Ticketmaster ($28 or so) for a parking spot in Lot C, right by the venue. Upon arrival, all the attendant had to do was scan my ticket via phone. Then they direct you wear to park, consistent to follow the line. The way out — took about an hour, so plan accordingly. There are no police or others directing traffic out of the parking lot into the main streets. Lots of gridlocked honking cars! Pack your patience or leave out a few min early to avoid altogether. It would be nearly impossible to pick up a taxi or Uber on the way home. Didn’t see any. And with a packed 21,000 person arena… would be chaos.
    Written 18 October 2022
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