International Museum of Surgical Science
Even if you’re not a museum or history buff, go here. Boasting thirty-two rooms full of pieces of medicine’s past, a walk through the museum can alternate from fascinating to horrifying in a matter of feet. Evil dental equipment, samples of tumors, an old iron lung, the antiquated apothecary and spine-chilling exhibits on plastic surgery and anesthesiology make for as interesting a museum experience as is possible. Leave the squeamish at home however.
1524 North Lake Shore Drive (312)642-6502
Best of Chicago 2002