Local’s Guide To The Field Museum

Looking to refresh your knowledge on what you learned in history class? Or maybe it’s time to give your kids a real life perspective on how large dinosaurs really were. Head on over to the Field Museum where you can view Sue who is 67 million years old and the largest and most complete T-Rex ever found. Or you can you learn about ancient Egyptians, natural disasters, fossils and the evolution of our planet Earth.

Field Museum

(credit: fieldmuseum.org)

Quick Facts

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312-922-9410

Website: www.fieldmuseum.org

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last admission at 4 p.m.
Open every day except Dec 25.

Check the website for their extended hours and early closings on certain days.


The museum offers three different admission packages.

For Basic Admission:
Adults: $15
Children (3-11): $10
Students (with ID): $12
Seniors (65+): $12

Chicago Resident Basic Admission:
Adult: $13
Children (3-11): $8
Students (with ID): $10
Seniors (65+): $10

For all other admission packages please visit their ticket website.

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Field Museum

Where to Stay

Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-726-7500
Fax: 312-917-1707

Stay at this world-class downtown hotel and opt for the Field Museum package and receive overnight accommodations and adult VIP tickets to the museum. The Palmer House is also in walking distance of many other famous Chicago locations like the Art Institute and Millennium Park.

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
1 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-372-7200 or 800-468-3571
Fax: 312-372-0093

Stay at a great hotel along the Chicago River and choose the Field Museum Chicago All Access Package. You’ll receive overnight accommodations and two VIP All Access passes. If you’re looking for a good place to eat in the hotel try the Great Street Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Best Western Grant Park Hotel
1100 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 866-516-3164
Fax: 312-922-0134
E-mail: booking@bwgrantparkhotel.com

Looking for a more family-friendly hotel downtown at a more reasonable rate? This may be one of your better bets. Located on South Michigan Avenue, the hotel is close to the museum and Grant Park.

Where to Grab a Snack

The Field Museum offers you two choices if you get hungry. You can either grab some fast food at McDonald’s or you can have more of a meal at Corner Bakery. They also offer picnic seating if you have brought your own snack and are just looking for a place to sit.

How to Get to Sue


(credit: fieldmuseum.org)


From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street. Take Museum Campus Drive around Solider Field. There will be signs for visitor parking. Another option is to take McFetridge Drive from Lake Shore Drive and this will link you to the street meter parking by the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Alder Planetarium.

For more details on directions and where to park visit: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/plan_visit/get_here.htm

Public Transportation

If you’re staying downtown, this is the best option to get to the museum and also the cheapest. The CTA #146 bus runs all year around and until 10:30 p.m. The bus runs along State Street downtown and North Michigan Avenue.

Or you can take the CTA Orange, Red or Green line trains and exit at the Roosevelt stop. From there, you can jump on the #146 bus on Roosevelt Road and continue on to the museum.

Water Taxi

This option is only during the warmer months, but the Shoreline Water Taxi service operates between Navy Pier and the Museum Campus. This can be can be another reasonably priced and scenic option between May and September.

Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog parksandpancakes.com.

  • Peter Write

    Been wanting more info on the museum,thanks
    Peter Write

  • Jim Hamilton

    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
    By the way.
    Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys with their guns safer?
    Like hell take my family to Chicago for family fun. Getting them all killed in a drive up like so many others I read about doesn’t sound like fun to me oh yeah and in Chicago the criminals carry guns but I can’t hahaha NO THANK YOU CHICAGO!

    Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

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