City Life | Museum of Science & Industry

Chicago Professional Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

Living in a big city has its pros and cons. One of the best perks of living in Chicago are the museums and the ease it takes to get to them. A quick drive, south on Lake Shore Drive gets us to the Museum of Science and Industry in about 35 minutes from the north side. Our visit to the museum is not only a science filled adventure, but also a trip back in time. The museum is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.

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Once inside it’s hard to decide what to see first: the tornado simulator, Newton’s Cradle, or the plasma ball.

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Or maybe try out the giant hamster wheel or the wind machine. Create moving art with your body, move things with your mind or watch a toy top be made by robots. The activities are endless and the fun to be had is memorable.

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After our visit, we made a quick stop just south of the museum, too see another treasure from the World’s Columbian Exposition. Located on Hayes Drive, off of Lake Shore Drive is The Statue of the Republic. Standing 24 feet high, the replica stands where the original statue stood in 1893 at 65 feet tall. The replica was constructed in 1918 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. It is spectacular and a must see!

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