Museums & Zoos in Chicago, Illinois

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MUSEUMS and ZOOS in Chicago, Illinois We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids! Here's the rundown for Chicago: Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch) CHICAGO, IL Adler Planetarium, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive in Northerly Island Park on the lakefront, open daily 9am-5pm, and Fridays 9am-9pm, closed Thanksgiving and December 25. Features childrens shows on Saturday and Sunday at 10am. 312-322-0300. Chicago Children's Museum, 465 E. Illinois Street, Suite 370, at North Pier Chicago, open Tue-Fri 12:30pm-4:30pm, Thurs: 12:30pm-8pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-4:30pm, closed week after Labor Day and December 25. Free on Thur 5pm-8pm. 312-527-1000. Field Museum of Natural History, across from Grant Park on Roosevelt Rd. at Lake Shore Dr., open daily 9am-5pm, closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving and December 25. Allow at least 4 hours. 312-922-9410. John G. Shedd Aquarium, in Grant Park at 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., open daily 9am-6pm, closed Jan 1 and December 25. Free on Thursday. Purchase Oceanarium tickets through Ticketmaster, 312-559-0200. Oceanarium tickets half-price on Thur. 312-939-2438. Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Park), First Ave and 31st Street, open daily 9:30am-4:30pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 10am-4:30pm the rest of the year. 708-485-0263.

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