Students Places to Go Cool Places to Go for STEM Fun! The Most Famous Places First Adler PlanetariumLike astronomy? Enjoy interactive exhibits and the sky shows at America’s first planetarium. Visit the Doane Observatory, the largest telescope available to the public in our area. Brookfield ZooLions and tigers and bears, oh my! And penguins and puffins and wallabies and more! Chicago Botanic GardenEnjoy 385 acres of beautiful gardens and natural environments. Take part in educational and inspirational programs. The Field Museum of Natural HistoryInspiring curiosity about life on Earth while exploring how the world came to be as it is, since 1893. And, how can we make it a better place? Lincoln Park Zoo & ConservatoryLPZ is a free, family, wildlife experience. While you’re there visit the Farm-in-the-Zoo, and the Conservatory, right next door. Sign up for ZooMail, too. Morton ArboretumWalk the grounds, enjoy the Children’s Garden or take part in their special programming for kids and families. You can hike, bike or take a tram ride. Museum of Science and IndustryOne of the largest science museums in the world, with many cool, hands-on exhibits. The PlantVisit this unique community of food businesses designed with a circular and sustainable economy in mind. Take a tour, grab something to eat, or attend a special event. Shedd AquariumHere you can observe aquatic animals from all over the world, surrounded by “eye-popping” architecture. Make sure to visit the Oceanarium while you’re there. Lesser Known Great Places to Visit in Chicago Chicago Architecture FoundationLearn about Chicago’s distinctive architecture on a guided walk or a river cruise. Chicago Maritime MuseumChicago’s location on the shores of Lake Michigan was an important contributor to the growth and development of the city. Visit this new museum to learn how waterways have impacted Chicago’s history. The Garfield Park ConservatoryWalk through huge greenhouses and be transported to a tropical jungle, a desert garden and a beautiful oasis. Visit indoor and outdoor exhibits. The International Museum of Surgical ScienceInterested in a health career or just want to learn about history and developments in surgical science? Find exhibits on both, here. Peggy Notebaert Nature MuseumVisit this family friendly nature museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Don’t miss the butterfly haven. Satisfy Your Curiosities in the Suburbs and Beyond Bartlett Nature CenterLocated in Bartlett – A variety of programs to explore nature through activities, hands-on projects, and games. Cantigny ParkLocated in Wheaton – Walk through their gardens and visit a museum of military history. They host special family events, too. Creek Bend Nature CenterLocated in St. Charles – Interpretive displays and hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages. educational and inspirational programs. Dinosaur Discovery MuseumLocated in Kenosha – The only museum to focus on the link between meat-eating dinosaurs and birds. Discovery Center MuseumLocated in Rockford – over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryLocated in Batavia – Sign up for tours, visit the observation area, or the Lederman Science Center at this world famous site. Science Adventures are offered for youth and families.re offered for youth and families. Fox River Trolley MuseumLocated in South Elgin – If you like trains and trolleys, this outdoor museum is a must for you and your family. Fullersburg Nature CenterLocated in Oak Brook – Hike the trails; see displays at the visitor’s center or sign up for cool nature programs. Geneva Park District Nature Classes & ProgramsLearn and play outside at Peck Farm Park. Have fun, and be healthy! Activities in environmental education foster sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for the environment. Hal Tyrell Trailside MuseumLocated in River Forest – Offers a wide variety of public nature programs and guided hikes every month. Hickory Knolls Discovery CenterLocated in St. Charles – Exhibits and displays showcase the Fox Valley area’s many natural treasures. Register for fun family programs. Hidden Oaks Conservation AreaLocated in Bolingbrook – Hit the trails, take part in a nature program or buy honey produced on site. Illinois Aviation MuseumLocated in Bolingbrook – A 6,000 square foot facility with a growing collection of restored and replica aircraft. Jurica-Suchy Nature MuseumLocated in Lisle – A nature museum at Benedictine University, with a collection of over 10,000 specimens. Lake View Nature CenterLocated in Oakbrook Terrace – Promotes awareness of the natural world with fun, hands-on education. LEGOLAND Discovery CenterLocated in Schaumburg – Over 3 million LEGO bricks and unique activity workshops with their Master Model Builder. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary ArtNow located in Oak Brook – displays of gemstone treasures with a blending of earth science exhibits. Museum programs, too. Lyman Woods Nature CenterLocated in Downers Grove – With various activities, it’s the starting off point for your exploration of Lyman Woods. McDonald FarmLocated in Naperville – Take a self-guided tour or check their schedule to attend a special event. Oak Park ConservatoryLocated in Oak Park – Visit the greenhouses to see the tropical, fern and desert rooms. Tours are available. Red Oak Nature CenterLocated in Batavia – Nature displays include the new Wildlife Room, then follow the trails to Devil’s Cave – the only cave in our area! Sci-Tech MuseumLocated in Aurora – More than 200 hands-on exhibits will intrigue and excite the whole family. Springbrook Nature CenterLocated in Itasca – Stop at the visitor’s center then hike two miles to discover meadows, woods, prairies and marshes.s on the latest developments in the science of materials, too. Willowbrook Wildlife CenterLocated in Glen Ellyn – Rehabilitation facility that provides care and treatment for injured and orphaned animals. Be a Good Role Model for Your Younger Siblings Blackberry FarmLocated in Aurora – Pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun. Chicago Children’s MuseumLocated in Chicago – Connect play and learning in fun spaces such as WaterWays, Tinkering Lab, Dinosaur Expedition and Treehouse Trails. Cosley ZooLocated in Wheaton – Nationally recognized zoo with a large variety of domestic farm animals and native Illinois wildlife. DuPage Children’s MuseumLocated in Naperville – The many play areas stimulate curiosity, creativity, thinking and problem solving in young children. Kohl Children’s MuseumLocated in Glenview – Interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to eight. Philips Park ZooLocated in Aurora – Drop in to see about 100 animals in this zoo-in-a park. Search for Science Museums Worldwide Association of Science-Technology CentersTraveling? Search around the world for science museums.