[note] Tickets for this review were provided by the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Tickets for this giveaway were provided by the Museum of Science + Industry. We thank them for their donation. All opinions are my own. [/note]

by Robin B 

“What’s Here?” is a navigation tab on the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) website. A more appropriate description that came to my mind after our visit was to ask “What’s Not Here?” – This museum has it all!

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Some of the favorite areas we explored:

  • The Great Train Story was our first stop and an impressive one at that! With over 30 trains in operation, the trains follow a winding railroad journey between Chicago and Seattle, passing through the Midwest, the Plains States, the Rockies, the Cascades and into the Pacific Northwest. The detail is amazing and there are several interactive stations that allow guests to help the trains on their journey – we loved the hands-on nature of this exhibit.
  • Let’s Play – this area is designed for children 10 and younger and allows kids to explore construction, simple machines, light, magnetism, air pressure and more. Many of the experiments involve water – an element that only enhanced the appeal for our children.
  • The permanent exhibit, Science Storms, collects forces of nature under one roof, letting you observe and experiment with seven natural phenomena: lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and atoms in motion. Make sure to check out the Tornado – you’ll be blown away by the 40-foot vortex of swirling air and vapor you can study and manipulate.

(photo courtesy of J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

  • The U-505 Submarine – the only German sub in the U.S. – is a site to behold. There are several interactive elements, videos and nearly 200 artifacts to explore. Daily on-board tours of the submarine are offered (additional charge).
  • A one-of-a-kind castle at the MSI, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, is enchanting in its detail and history.
  • The Transportation Gallery Exhibit allows visitors to explore the inner and outer workings of an actual United Airlines Boeing 727 as you climb aboard the plane’s fuselage. Craving some action? Grab a ticket at the Simulator Gallery and select between two simulations for a chance to control some of history’s greatest aircraft.

Speaking of transportation, see our article on Taking the Train to Chicago as an alternative to driving to the Windy City!

MSI has so many more exhibits you’ll also want to check out. But, don’t take our word for it! MSI has graciously offered a family 4-pack of tickets to one of our KZOOkids.com readers! See all of the details below for how to enter this giveaway.

(photo courtesy of J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)


Brick by Brick

See the Roman Colosseum, the Burj Khalifa, and the International Space Station like you’ve never seen them before—in LEGO® form! This 7,000-squarefoot exhibit features more than a dozen of the world’s most iconic landmarks constructed by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker. Guests are able to immerse themselves in the power of play with hands-on build challenges, and will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design to make the seemingly impossible, possible. This exhibit requires an additional timed-entry ticket.

DARPA: Redefining Possible

Get an all-access pass to some of the most remarkable innovations that have kept the United States in the forefront of technology. This is a rare look into the United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the organization behind the Internet, GPS devices, and Spot, the world’s most technically advanced robotic dog. Guests can stand next to a 6-foot-2 humanoid robot, or peer into a “brain” fitted with a chip that could one day help those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries restore lost memories. This exhibit is open through Labor Day and included in admission.


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(photo courtesy of J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)


5700 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637

Museum extended summer hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Ticket Prices: $18 for adults and $11 for children, ages 3-11. Omnimax® films; the U-505 optional, on-board tour; the Coal Mine; the WOW! Tour and certain special exhibitions are not included in Museum Entry but can be added as part of a Museum Explorer ticket package. Check www.msichicago.org for show times, pricing and to purchase tickets online.

Parking in the Museum is available in the underground garage (fee applies).

The Museum is part of the Chicago CityPASS program, in which guests can receive admission to five of the city’s most famous attractions for one low price. Buy CityPASS at the Museum or online at www.citypass.com.



We’re excited to give away a family 4-packs of tickets to the Museum of Science + Industry. We’d love to be able to send your family to explore this amazing Museum.

To enter to win the family 4-Pack of tickets, complete the form below and tell us what exhibit you would most like to see at the Museum of Science + Industry.

*This giveaway will close on August 22 at midnight and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond by email accepting the prize. No purchase necessary to enter the contest. Leaving a comment on this blog post is not a requirement of entry. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to KZOOkids.com and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used to enter the contest and notify winners. Entrants will release Facebook from all liability. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Michigan. Only one entry per household. Entrants may also enter the contest by sending an email to jill@KZOOkids.com containing their name, address, phone number and email address along with the words: Museum of Science + Industry in the subject line. KZOO Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize. Voucher will be sent to the winner via U.S. Mail directly from the Museum of Science + Industry. Voucher muse be redeemed on-site at the Museum. Voucher cannot be redeemed through the Museum’s online ticketing system, call center or ticket kiosks. Must present original voucher at time of purchase. Voucher is not valid from December 22-31, 2016.




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About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.