With Chicago being just a short drive from Grand Rapids, it's easy to plan a trip to visit and explore all Chicago has to offer this summer! From music, food and plenty of street festivals, to shopping, beaches and fine dining, Chicago is abundant with visitor opportunities.
Here are some of the highlights of what's happening at area museums and attractions.
-No dinosaur in the world compares to SUE-the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.
-At a heart stopping 42 feet (12.8 m) long and 12 feet (3.66 m) high at the hip, a spectacular full-sized skeleton is the centerpiece of this exciting exhibit.
Museum of Science and Industry:
- On June 4, 1944, a German submarine known as U-505 was prowling off the coast of West Africa on a hunt for American and Allied ships, when depth charges from the USS Chatelain blasted the dreaded U-boat out of hiding.
- It was the end of a violent run for U-505, which had terrorized the Atlantic Ocean as part of a massive U-boat campaign that almost altered the outcome of World War II.
- The Museum of Science and Industry invites you to step inside the real U-505-the only German submarine in the United States, and, now, a national memorial to the 55,000 American sailors who gave their lives on the high seas in WWI and WWII.
Shedd Aquarium: New baby dolphin calf and Jazzin'
Broadway in Chicago: Rock of Ages currently playing, Pinkalicious the Musical coming soon. RAIN: A tribute to the Beatles.
Navy Pier: fireworks Wed & Sat. Boats and cruises. The ferris wheel.
Grant Park Music Festival: runs from mid-June - mid-Aug - free outdoor classical music series
Chicago Jazz Festival 8/30-9/2
Taste of Chicago: 7/11-15
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival: Aug. 24-Sept.6