The stately grounds of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. In the summer, events like a kite-flying weekend are held on the sprawling lawn.

Family Vacations: Museum of Science and Industry

This innovative Chicago museum is one of the best in the country and features a myriad of thoroughly engaging exhibits for family members of every age. You can climb through a cramped World War II German U-boat to get a feel for life undersea, descend into a coal mine like a real miner, and operate a series of 12 toy-assembling robots that can produce 300 gravitron toys per hour.

Peek into the world of miniatures at The Great Train Story, which features 34 model trains racing along an elaborate cross-country set that starts at a Seattle harbor and ends in Chicago. The astonishing Fairy Castle, designed by Colleen Moore, is a wonderland of miniature treasures from around the world. In the dining room, King Arthur's table is set with real gold plates, and the stitches in the Viennese tapestries lining the wall are so small that you can barely see them, even under a magnifying glass. In Cinderella's drawing room, the chandelier is hung with real diamonds, emeralds, and pearls.

The Chick Hatchery is a favorite among children. It's a daily event where visitors witness the chicks carefully pecking their way out of their shells. Networld takes visitors on a multimedia tour into the technology that keeps our modern world connected every day.

Museum of Science and Industry

Address: 57th St. and Lake Shore Dr

Chicago, IL

Phone: 773/684-1414

Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Sat. and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sun.

Admission: $11 adults; $7 kids

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