Chicago is known as the windy city, but like much of the midwest, it can also occasionally become the rainy city.
If you’re searching for indoor activities in Chicago, check out a few of our favorite suggestions for rainy day trip ideas.
Some of our must-see spots include…
- Observation Decks
- Adker Planetarium
- The Escape Game Chicago
Looking for some fun things to do indoors?
Admission to many of these activities is available on the Go Chicago® Card.
One of Chicago’s most popular attractions should definitely be on the top of your rainy day to-do list. Shedd Aquarium is filled with the world’s most fascinating aquatic plants and animals, from the great whale to tiny tropical fish.
A few of the most popular exhibits include “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” and the Abbott Oceanarium. There are also some areas specifically designed with your little ones in mind, like the “Polar Play Zone,” where kids can step into a penguin suit!
With 32,000 fascinating marine animals swimming within the walls of the complex, there’s no shortage of things to see and do here.
进入： Shedd Aquarium tickets are included with the Go Chicago® Card.
If you’re looking for some excellent views of the city that can’t be beat, then an observation deck is your best bet. Luckily in Chicago, you have two incredible options to choose from: 360 CHICAGO or SkyDeck Chicago.
Located on the 94th floor of John Hancock Observatory, 360 CHICAGO offers unparalleled views of Chicago and beyond. You’ll be able to see parts of Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin as well as sparkling Lake Michigan and the Illinois city’s skyline.
SkyDeck Chicago is located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and looks out from Navy Pier to Soldier Field. The coolest part of SkyDeck Chicago is The Ledge, an all-glass balcony that extends from the side of the building out into space. It’ll feel like your floating in the Chicago sky.
One of the most comprehensive natural history museums around, the Field Museum is founded on the collections of the 1893 World’s Fair. Today, the institution boasts artifacts spanning 4.6 billion years of history across dozens of exciting galleries and exhibit spaces.
他们的一些主要亮点包括SUE，世界上最大的完整霸王龙; “古代埃及内部”展览，展出工具，珠宝，木乃伊等;和Grainger Hall of Gems，这是世界上最大的宝石收藏之一。
进入： Field Museum tickets are included with the Go Chicago® Card.
This is a must for the art lovers in your group. One of the best art museums in the world, and certainly one of the top museums of any kind in the country, the Art Institute of Chicago is simply exceptional.
进入：The Art Institute of Chicago tickets is included with the Go Chicago® Card.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy the chance to explore this engaging museum. It’s been named a Top 25 US Museum by TripAdvisor, and is consistently popular among locals, too.
14 whole acres of exhibits include an authentic WWII German submarine, an Illinois coal mine, a mirror maze, and much more. It’s the largest science museum in the country, so you’ll be able to spend the day here easily.
进入： Museum of Science and Industry tickets are included with the Go Chicago® Card.
Another jewel of Chicago’s Museum Campus is the family-friendly Adler Planetarium.
进入： Adler Planetarium tickets are included with the Go Chicago® Card.
Chicago Children’s Museum
进入： Chicago Children’s Museum tickets are included with the Go Chicago® Card.
If you’re willing to take a bit of a drive out of the city, you’ll find that LEGOLAND Discovery Center is worth the effort.
This expansive indoor attraction is filled with everything LEGO, from building stations guided by Master Model Builders to rides like the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride.
Be sure to stop by MINILAND, too, where you’ll find small-scale replicas of downtown Chicago landmarks.
This attraction is best suited for children under ten or so. It’s a great activity to take the kids to on a day with iffy weather!
进入： LEGOLAND® Discovery Center tickets are included with the Go Chicago® Card.
进入： Chicago History Museum tickets are included with the Go Chicago® Card.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Robie House Tours
If you know anything about Chicago’s cultural scene,then you know that it’s a city famed for its extensive, diverse, and striking architecture. Among the great names who have built some of the city’s most iconic buildings stands one of the most iconic architects of them all – Frank Lloyd Wright.
访问他的家和工作室，了解更多关于这个创意巨人的信息。在这里他设计了Robie House，Larkin Building和Unity Temple。
The Escape Game Chicago
An escape room is the perfect place to go on a day when the heat is just unbearable. At Escape Game Chicago, you’ll have your choice between four different themed escape scenarios.
Choose from Mission Mars, Gold Rush, Prison Break or The Heist. You’ll race against the clock during each of them to escape!
While children are allowed to participate in The Escape Game Chicago, it is recommended for players age 13 and up as some of the content may be too difficult for younger children to understand.
Getting in: The Escape Game Chicago tickets are included on Go Chicago Card.
Spend some time (and maybe some money) doing a bit of shopping in Chicago. A great option that is totally indoors is the Water Tower Place Mall, which offers high end couture shops alongside classic chain stores, plus a LEGO store and a large American Girl Doll Place.
Chicago is an amazing theater town. You’ll find everything from Shakespeare to Roberto Bolaño on stage, with plays ranging from classic, big-budget theater to affordable local performances.
Theater buffs may also enjoy the Chicago Theatre Tour, which is also included with the Go Chicago® Card.
Quick Rainy Day Recap
We hope these ideas helped inspire you to create a fun filled indoorsy itinerary.