Opened in 1893 as part of the World’s Columbian Exposition (then known as the Columbia Museum of Chicago), the gigantic, Museum Campus-located Field Museum took its present name from one of its most important early financiers, department store-millionaire Marshall Field. As one of the world’s best centers for natural and anthropological sciences, the Field Museum cannot be seen in one visit. But if you only have one day in your busy schedule, there are some serious highlights, including one of the largest complete skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus Rex (“Sue”), as well as the (taxidermy-disabled) man-eating lions of Tsavo. Rotating sets of exhibits as well as an array of kid-friendly activities make the Field Museum one of Chicago’s treasures.
1201 South Lake Shore Drive (312)922-9410
Best of Chicago 2002