I‘m not really a science fanatic.  Growing up I gravitated towards language arts and history, but those tendencies were set aside as soon as Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry came into my view through the cab window.  The massive museum was well worth the fifteen-minute cab ride from the Loop to the Hyde Park neighborhood and I hadn’t even set foot inside yet!  This will be a perfect activity for the rainy afternoon.

I had purchased a City Pass the day before which provided me admission to 5 major Chicago attractions, so I traded in my City Pass voucher for an official entrance pass and headed up the steps towards the Museum’s impressive main hall.  With eye-catching exhibits on either side, it was tough to decide where to start exploring.

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After spending a few hours in the museum, I was completely confident that one could spend a week exploring and still have undiscovered territory.  The top 3 highlights for me were:

1.  The Vortex

Learn how tornadoes form and disband based on wind patterns by watching it happen right before your own eyes.

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2.  The Tidal Wave

Evidently I was a meteorologist in a former life because I had a hard time leaving the ‘Mother Nature’ section of the museum.  Like many stations within the museum, this was interactive so I was able to control the waves to create a tsunami-like effect on the shoreline of the display.  It was pretty amazing to watch the wave gain power over the course of its path!

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3.  The Model Train

This isn’t your average holiday display!  This is a sizable train track traveling around a replica of downtown Chicago.  From afar I was in awe of the scale of the city scene and up close I was enamored with the level of detail on display.  I could have watched the train cover the same tracks for hours.

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The Museum of Science and Industry exhibits are seemingly endless and great for a variety of ages and interest levels.  Carve out an afternoon and head to Hyde Park for a fun, hands-on adventure at the museum!


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