How to Spend a Rainy Day in Chicago
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Don't let the rain stop you from making the most of your time in Chicago—many of the Windy City's must-see sights are actually indoors, so there's no need to hole up in your hotel room. Here are a few ideas for rainy days in Chicago.
- See the gray skies from a new point of view on the glass-enclosed balcony at the Willis Tower's 103rd-floor Skydeck.
- Bring the kids (or your inner child) to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
- Stay out of the rain at one of the city's myriad museums, such as the Field Museum of Natural History, the John G Shedd Aquarium, or the Chicago Children's Museum.
- The famous Chicago Pedway, a network of underground tunnels and overhead bridges, runs throughout the downtown area, making it easy for both locals and visitors to avoid the elements and get around without ever stepping foot outside.
- See the city's sights and architecture at street level without getting wet on a hop on, hop off bus tour or a guided sightseeing experience by bus.
- Come nightfall, catch some live music at the House of Blues or a show at the Briar Street Theater to stay dry.
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Explore Chicago's gangster past on this mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
Delve deep into the world of natural history with this Field Museum admission ticket in Chicago. Spend as long as you like exploring the museum's collection of more than 26 million artifacts. Get to know SUE, the world's largest T. Rex, or stroll through the sparkling Hall of Gems. Time travel through 13,000 years of history in the Americas, from the Ice Age to Inca and Aztec temples. Take advantage of the free daily tours, led by Field Museum docents.