Attractions in Chicago

Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium is located in Chicago, Illinois. It was the first planetarium built in the United States in 1930 and funds were largely donated by Chicago businessman Max Adler. The planetarium underwent renovation after its 75th anniversary to include a space science center. The planetarium has three magnificent theaters where you can study the universe. The Adler Planetarium is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:00 pm. It is open until 4:30 on the weekends. It is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas but extends their hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Field Museum
The Field Museum of Natural History is located just a short distance from the Adler Planetarium. This wonderful museum holds over 21 million specimens of natural history. It is best known for its large collection of dinosaur skeletons including Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. It is the best-preserved and most complete fossil yet found. It is estimated to be over 67 million years old. The skull is located in another area of the museum because it is too heavy for the body. A lighter replica is used for the huge exhibit. The museum's first major donor was Marshall Field, a successful Chicago businessman. The museum is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places.

Soldier Field
Soldier Field was first known as Municipal Grant Park Stadium and is located on the Museum complex that also houses the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. The stadium originally opened in 1924, then demolished, and completely rebuilt in 2002-2003. The name was changed to Soldier Field in 1925 to honor American soldiers who died in past wars. The current stadium is the smallest in the NFL with a capacity of 61,500 fans. The Chicago Bears moved from its previous playing site at Wrigley Field to Soldier Stadium in 1971. 

Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium opened in May of 1930. The aquarium houses over 25,000 fish and the first aquarium to hold a permanent saltwater fish collection. It also contains exhibits of marine mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, and snakes. This wonderful aquarium holds five million gallons of water and is visited by over two million visitors every year.

Navy Pier
Navy Pier is the number one tourist attraction in Chicago and opened to the public in 1916. At that time it was the largest pier in the world. It handled commercial shipping and during World War I it became the home of the Red Cross, Army and Navy personnel and a jail for draft dodgers. Navy Pier was named in honor of the Navy personnel that were stationed here during the war. The pier was also a recreational attraction and public gathering place. It provides areas for picnics, dining pavilions, children's playgrounds, and an auditorium. The World's Fair was held there in 1933 and called the Century of Progress Exposition. Today Navy Pier attracts visitors to its huge Ferris wheel, Children's Museum, and an IMAX theater.