When rainy weather ruins your outdoor plans in Chicago, don’t stay home. Instead, grab your umbrella and discover what the Windy City has to offer. This sprawling metropolis has plenty of fun to enjoy, no matter what’s happening with the weather.
Here are some creative ideas that will have you enjoying the best of the city without getting wet.
Roam Among Dinosaurs
If you’ve never been to the Field Museum of Natural History, you’re missing out. It’s one of the largest museums of natural history in the world and has so much to see, you’ll forget about the downpour outdoors. Check out the dinosaur, planet, and Egyptian exhibits, and you’ll be so hooked, you’ll want to come back on sunny days.
Become More Independent
Don’t let a little rain spoil your day. You can catch a flick at Landmark Theatres, where film fanatics flock for international, independent, and arthouse films. This cinema offers seven big screens and comfortable stadium seating with cozy high-back leather chairs. It also has a full bar so you can knock back a cocktail or two before, during, or after the show. If you’re hungry, there are plenty of great eats in concessions to give you the full movie experience without the mainstream monotony.
Engage with Art
The Art Institute of Chicago will keep you entertained on a rainy day. Stay dry and revel in the discovery of more than 300,000 works of art from all over the world. Some of these works are over 5,000 years old. While the Louvre in Paris is one of the best art museums in the world, you don’t need your passport to see the biggest collection of Impressionist paintings on this side of the globe. With works from Ancient Egypt and Rome, stone creations from the Aztecs, and masterpieces from Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Picasso, and more, you’ll likely be inside so long that when it’s time to leave, it will be dry.
Explore the World Under the Sea
See what goes on in the underwater world while staying bone dry at the Shedd Aquarium. You’ll see more than 32,000 animals in exhibits that replicate their natural habitats, from coral reefs to wet rainforests. It’s worth paying the additional fee to have an Aquarium Encounter where you’ll get up close to penguins, otters, sharks, and Beluga whales.
See the Beauty of Chicago
The Lincoln Park Conservatory offers a free way to enjoy some of the most beautiful things in Chicago. It features a Victorian-era glass house from 1895 and exotic plants from around the world. You’ll have a feast for the eyes while walking through the Orchid House, the Palm House, the Show House, and the Fern Room.
The next time the rain spoils your outdoor excursions in Chicago, be sure to head to these venues for a unique way to spend your day.
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