Fun things in Chicago include spending time at the Museum Campus, visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo and checking out the Navy Pier. All three areas front Lake Michigan, as does Grant Park, a three-block-long open space that runs along S. Michigan Avenue.
The Museum Campus is home to the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The Field Museum, established in 1893, is known for its scientific and natural history exhibits, including the largest T. Rex fossil ever found.
The Shedd Aquarium, right next door, houses marine animals from around the world in exhibits such as the Caribbean Reef and Polar Play Zone. Hands-on exhibits and aquatic shows are part of the fun. The Adler Planetarium, east of the aquarium, looks to the stars and is known as America's first planetarium.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is north of downtown Chicago in the middle of lakeside Lincoln Park. It is open daily, weather permitting, and while admission is free, parking is not. In addition to the main zoo, a children's zoo, vintage carousel and a zoo train are all on site.
In between the zoo and the museum complex, the Navy Pier juts out into Lake Michigan. It is hard to miss, especially at night when the one-time site of the 1933 World's Fair is lit up with thousands of lights. Restaurants and attractions line the pier, including a vintage carousel, Ferris wheel and the Navy Pier IMAX Theater.