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When you stay at Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee, IL Indoor Waterpark Resort, make plans to explore some of the area attractions Illinois and Wisconsin have to offer.
Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium
Visit Chicago’s lakefront Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. The Shedd houses hundreds of aquatic wonders, including beluga whales, sharks and white-sided dolphins. At the Field Museum come face to face with prehistoric dinosaurs, including the largest dinosaur of its kind ever discovered. Or explore a mysterious tomb that holds one of the nation’s biggest collections of Egyptian mummies. At the Adler Planetarium, walk with astronauts and see space treasures like real moon rocks. Take a seat in one of the dazzling sky theaters and get ready to blast off.
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s leading art museums. Displaying iconic works by some of the greatest artists in history, including Monet, Picasso and Warhol, it’s especially noted for its prized collection of French Impressionist paintings (the largest outside of the Louvre in Paris).
Chicago Botanic Gardens
The Chicago Botanic Garden is known not only as a beautiful place to visit, but also as one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Visitors are drawn to the attraction’s 27 gardens and 385 acres uniquely situated on six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Civil War Museum - Wisconsin
The Civil War Museum focuses on the contributions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan to the Civil War. These states played a vital role by providing troops and supplies to the cause, even though no battles were fought in this region. Exhibits concentrate on personal stories of people from all walks of life and circumstance.
Fashion Outlets Chicago
Fashion Outlets Chicago is the Midwest’s only two-level indoor outlet shopping experience, offering over 130 retailers.
Gurnee Mills Mall
Gurnee Mills is the largest shopping outlet destination in Illinois with over 200 retailers.
Kenosha Public Museum - Wisconsin
As a natural science and fine arts museum, the facility boasts over 80,000 items in its collections including almost 1,000 works in the fine arts collection. Exhibits feature world cultures, zoology, geology, and fossils such as the woolly mammoth excavated in Kenosha County. Children can also explore the arts and sciences in the Field Station, a popular hands-on activity area.
Millennium Park is a modern collection of architecture, landscape design and art located in the heart of the city. As Chicago’s second largest visitor attraction, it welcomes five million visitors annually to hundreds of cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours and family activities.
Museum of Science and Industry
This massive museum holds more than 800 hands-on science exhibits. Explore the inner workings of a real German U-505 submarine, ride carts through the underground coal mine, and fasten your seatbelt for a virtual ride on a Boeing 727 airplane.
Take a trip to the bustling boardwalks of Navy Pier. Surrounded by Lake Michigan, this Chicago landmark is one of the nation’s most-visited leisure and cultural destinations. Attractions include the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Centennial Wheel, as well as numerous lake and river cruises.
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America offers adventures for the entire family with an impressive collection of roller coasters, spectacular shows and over 30 rides for children.
The Magnificent Mile
Downtown Chicago boasts this extraordinary boulevard filled with upscale shops and attractions. Be sure to see the Historic Water Tower, a striking limestone structure at Michigan and Chicago avenues. As one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Historic Water Tower has become a symbol of the city.