I love this place on so many levels (three to be exact). We got in quickly having purchased our tickets online ahead of time with the Go Card City App, which I also recommend. We didn't spend even five minutes in line.
As soon as we got in we were touring exhibits within minutes. We started with Birds and moved on to the South Pacific area. We enjoyed the gemstones and minerals area too. Of course the biggest hit is the dinosaurs area with lots of big skeletons and loads of great information on the evolution of the planet, going back billions of years. Lots of information, but always well summarized for those that just wanted to skim.
Sue the T-Rex is currently (March-April 2018) being moved to a new exhibit, but you can still see her (in pieces) in the new area they are constructing.
The cafe was way too crowded and busy so we braved the chill of the lake breeze to grab Chicago Hot Dogs outside from the food truck area. We got back into the museum without delay.
The Native American exhibit was also awesome, with a wide range of exhibits.
I first visited this museum to see the King Tut exhibit back in 1977. I look forward to my next visit. It's a classic, and well worth the price of admission. It is also close to the Art Institute and the hotel we stayed at in the Loop area near Michigan Avenue. The Aquarium is close by as well.
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