Many museum days

When the girls added “go to the museums” to our summer list, I know that they had planned on hitting up the Chicago museums on the free days. We do those days every summer. However, many of the free days happened while we were on our epic road trip (more on that in a later post). So, although we did go to many museums, we didn’t hit up all of the Chicago museums. And, honestly, that’s ok with me.

Where did we go?

Adler Planetarium

This was the only free day that we went to. It just so happened to be the week before we started our road trip to Florida. The free days are always busy and it can be stressful if you don’t plan out your day. You can read my tips about visiting on free days by clicking here.


Elmhurst Art Museum

This is a small local museum that we love. It’s small enough that you don’t leave the museum feeling exhausted but there is enough to see that it can be a great afternoon activity. Keep an eye on their website to see what new exhibits are coming in and when they’re coming.


The Art Institute of Chicago

Yes, this one was it’s own item on the list. And I already crossed it off. But, I’m listing it again because we just love this museum. 🙂





  • Go to Disney World.
  • Pick blueberries.
  • Go bowling.
  • Bake some treats.
  • See outdoor movies.
  • Go to the museums.
  • Go to LEGO Discovery Center.
  • Visit Brookfield Zoo.
  • Go to Morton Arboretum to see the Lego sculptures.
  • Visit the Art Institute.
  • Eat ice cream.
  • Play on the playground.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Have a slumber party.
  • Have a pajama day.
  • Watch movies at home.
  • Visit Granny and Pa.
  • Visit Mimi and Pa.
  • Have a beach day.
  • Pick dandelions out of the yard.
  • See fireworks.
  • Go to the splash pads.
  • Visit Chinatown.
  • Play outside.
  • Have tea at American Girl.
  • Play in our house.

Dino Day

My girls love the Field Museum. It really is one of our favorite places to visit in Chicago. As soon as you enter the main lobby, there are things to see. Now, if you have visited the Field Museum in the past, you will notice that there have been some big changes.




There are several new dinosaurs in the main lobby. It definitely looks different. But, it’s also fun because Máximo the Titanosaur’s head peeks up onto the second floor (he’s huge!!!!) so you can get some fun selfies with him.IMG_1587

My little dinosaurs loved seeing him!


There is a lot to see at the Field, but honestly, we spend most of our day looking at the dinosaurs. The Evolving Planet exhibit has had a few changes including a new greeter at the entrance.


And, when you are walking through the exhibit, you can get a peek at Sue in her new exhibit (still under construction.)


If we aren’t looking at the dinosaurs, chances are really good you will find us at the Play Lab. If you have kids and are planning on going to the Play Lab, be sure to check the website beforehand because the Play Lab is not open everyday. The Play Lab is designed for younger kids and is full of hands-on activities for kids to explore.


Our list thus far: