Chicago is home to renowned art museums, but for those whose idea of a good time in a museum does not involve reverently inspecting Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, there are some alternatives. Fortunately, a few are located in Chicago Museum Campus.Shedd Aquarium contains more than 80 habitats, with some 1,500 species floating around inside of them. Beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Alaska sea otters and California sea lions and a 360-degree view of Caribbean sea-life are all within a stone’s throw of each other.
Sitting out on its own bayside peninsula is Adler Planetarium. Among the exhibitions are the Galaxy Wall — the largest and most complete view of our Milky Way — and an interactive trip through the creation of the universe. Next to Adler is the Field Museum, within which the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton (named Sue) can be found. There are also extensive mineral collections that can be observed in an exhibit tracking 4 billion years of rocks, fossils and gems.
Lastly, Soldier Field — the Chicago Bears stadium — sits above the vast majority of the parking spots. It was stripped of landmark status in 2006, as a result of a drastic 2003 renovation, but you can admire the new field and the Veteran’s Memorial water wall as you pass by.