Explore Chicago’s Celebrated Museum Campus
Located just half a mile from the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, the 57-acre Museum Campus is home to some of Chicago’s most popular attractions, including the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History. The campus itself is located along the waterfront below Grant Park and adjacent to Northly Island. Each of the museums has its own unique charm, so we’ve compiled the handy breakdown below so you can begin planning your visit.
America’s first planetarium (and the first in the western hemisphere), the Adler Planetarium has been an iconic Chicago attraction since first opening in 1930. Here, visitors can learn about our incredible universe across 35,000 square feet of exhilarating exhibits, shows, demonstrations, and unique collections that explore the nature of the cosmos, including our own solar system. The Planetarium also offers a variety of special programs and workshops for budding scientists, as well as adult-oriented events like Adler After Dark, where guests over 21 can explore exhibits, peek through the museum’s telescope and participate in demonstrations while sipping cocktails.
Adler Planetarium is located at 1300 S Lake Shore Drive.
Hours: 9:30 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Saturday & Sunday
Discover more than 32,000 animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, mammals, and birds at the world’s largest indoor aquarium. A must-see attraction for animal lovers of all varieties, Shedd Aquarium is an award-winning destination that connects guests to the wonders of the aquatic world through incredible exhibits, play zones, and exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences. Visitors can interact with penguins or beluga whales, feed sharks, and learn what it takes to be one of the aquarium’s animal trainers. Explore the wet and dry seasons of the Amazon, take a 360-degree tour of a Caribbean reef, and touch stingrays as they swim right beneath your fingertips. It’s an experience the entire family will love.
Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 S Lake Shore Drive.
Hours: Open Daily from 9 AM to 5 PM
Field Museum of Natural History
Channel your inner Indiana Jones for a day of incredible archeology, history, and science at the world-famous Field Museum of Natural History. Within the museum you’ll encounter more than two million objects, including Sue - the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found. Discover ancient civilizations, explore the hall of gems, and enjoy exhilarating 3D movies. In addition to the Field Museum’s impressive permanent collection, you’ll also find a variety of special exhibitions and events available for limited runs, so check the museum’s website to start planning an incredible day of adventure and discovery.
Field Museum of Natural History is located at 1400 S Lake Shore Drive.
Hours: open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM
Chicago’s Museum Campus is also where you’ll find Soldier Field
, which is the home of NFL Chicago Bears and regularly hosts live concerts, festivals, and other special events.