One of the top zoos in the nation. The place is huge, seeing every last thing in one day is pretty tough. Look for the plaques that tell you what animals are exclusive in the world to this zoo. Be sure to get at least one plastic molded figurine from the machines. It is a stop on the metra Burlington Northern Line if you want to come in from the city. Admission is currently $8. Be careful to check the hours its open before you come late in the afternoon.
Its free, thats a huge plus right there. It isnt half bad for a free zoo too, lots of interesting animals. I especially like the big cat that is outside, a leopard? I forget. Like another reviewer said, there is alot of pretty landscaping around if you are into that. Parking can be pretty rough though. Not even close in size to Brookfield Zoo, but its free and its in the city.
Absolutly my favorite museum in Chicago. Every part of the museum has something interesting. I think the original floor is the best. It has fish from all different regions. The amazon exhibit was added a few years ago, and is really interesting. It has more interactive and reading type stuff versus the old part which is pretty much just fish on display with the name. The shark reef felt like a bit of a rip off to me, but trying it once doesnt hurt. The new crab display was nice, but not as cool as I thought it would be.
There is a ton to see here. It would take more than a day to fully do everything. The new exibits are always the best and most innovative. The old ones upstairs seem kinda lame now. The newly housed U 505 exhibit is amazing and almost worth the admission price for the whole place. It took me 2 hours to walk through just the 505 hall. For a few more weeks they have the Bodyworks display which is real human cadavers perserved in interesting disections. If that interests you, then it is very interesting. If you are squeemish, then I would stay away.
This is way north so it is a drive for some in the suburbs. The park is very big and there are lots of rides. I've heard that rides get tested here and then copied at the bigger six flags like in california. The best ride there is Raging Bull. Bring some cash cause like at any theme park, everything is expensive. Traffic and crowds can be a nightmare is you go there on the wrong day.
I'm sure if you are into art you will love this place. If you don't, it still has alot to appreciate. To be honest, I've never gone here because I wanted to, other then I didn't want to be left behind on a field trip day. There is a wide variety of paintings, sculptures, and misc. "art" to see. It would be a great date idea if you want to look sophisticated. Also, it is located in a great part of Chicago with lots of restaurants around (to sneak out of the fieldtrip and go to).
A nice indoor shopping mall. Plenty of stores, although many have gone under in the past few years. New stores are there everytime I go. Walking through you can find alot of unique small shops that are in a store space that is way too big. Van Maur is a great store with lots of good sales if you look hard enough. Food court has lots of choices. Not too far from oakbrook if you want to do a whole lot of shopping in one day.
I had a new years eve party here. Everyone was in the hallways and atrium celebrating at midnight. Free cocktail hour for all guests everynight, you can't beat that. Breakfast in the morning was also very good. We had a 2 bedroom suite. It had everything you would want, although a bigger TV or a built in stereo would have come in handy. We also had a great high view over the surrounding areas and could even see the fireworks at Navy Pier. Service was excellent and the entire place was clean and well taken care of.
Huge, very huge. This mall goes forever with multiple levels. If you can't find what you are looking for in this place, get it online. The food choices are awesome too, The Cheesecake Factory is pretty tasty. On a side note, the parking lot is a meeting place for car freaks that want to show off anything from modified imports to ultra expensive exotic cars. If you want to see some really nice rides, just hang around till dusk on a weekend."
I took an EMT course here. It is a really nice facility for professional training. The nurse program and EMT's shared a large health care room with training dummies and the like. There was also a full mock up of a firestation with old fire engines for the fireman trainees. It also had fake hair salons and a restaurant for learning whatever it is you would learn there. Plenty of parking was available too. Its right off of I-355 for convenience.