Field Museum, Chicago

Field Museum, Chicago (must see)

Spanning over 400,000 square feet of exhibition space, this immense museum delves into the diverse cultures and environments found across the globe. Its architectural design draws inspiration from Greek temples, with the caryatids bearing a striking resemblance to those found on the ancient Erechtheion in Athens. The central hall, an imposing neoclassical space encircled by Ionic columns, stands as one of Chicago's most magnificent neoclassical settings, simultaneously grand and tranquil.

Inside, interactive displays delve into a wide array of subjects, from unraveling the enigmas of Egyptian mummies to showcasing the artistry and innovations of ancient American civilizations and tracing the evolutionary tapestry of life on our planet. Notably, the Grainger Hall of Gems houses a mesmerizing collection of rare jewels from across the world, accompanied by a splendid Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass window.

Originally bankrolled by Marshall Field, a prominent Chicago retailer, the museum's origins trace back to 1893 when it was established to house materials amassed for the World's Columbian Exposition. Its present residence, an architectural marvel in itself, opened its doors in 1921. While the museum boasts the world's premier dinosaur collections, the star attraction remains "Sue", a 67-million-year-old 'Tyrannosaurus rex' fossil that holds the distinction of being the largest, most complete, and best-preserved specimen of its kind ever unearthed. So, don't miss the chance to snap a selfie with Sue, savor a meal at the on-site café or bistro, or enjoy your own picnic outdoors while taking in panoramic vistas of the city skyline and the serene lake.

Why You Should Visit:
This museum caters to all ages, appealing to kids, adults, scientists, and history enthusiasts alike. There's a wealth of knowledge to explore across various domains. It's renowned for its dinosaur exhibits, boasting more than 80% of real skeleton reconstructions, along with the meticulously recreated Egyptian tomb.

Tip:
Be sure to keep an eye out for information regarding special events, guided tours, and activities scheduled throughout the museum.

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Chicago. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Field Museum on Map

Sight Name: Field Museum
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

Walking Tours in Chicago, Illinois

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chicago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
University of Chicago Walking Tour

University of Chicago Walking Tour

Founded in 1890, the University of Chicago is among the world’s most prestigious educational institutions. As of 2020, the University’s students, faculty and staff have included 100 Nobel laureates, giving it the fourth-most affiliated Nobel laureates of any university.

Set in the heart of Chicago’s famous eclectic neighborhood, Hyde Park, the campus is worth a visit as it offers a...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Loop District Architecture Walking Tour

Loop District Architecture Walking Tour

Chicago features an outstanding architectural legacy, having long been connected with some of architecture's most important names: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, Holabird & Root, and others. The multi-layered Loop District, in particular, offers an extensive number of Chicago’s famous architectural “must-sees” – from modern skyscrapers to historic buildings...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Chicago Introduction Walking Tour

Chicago Introduction Walking Tour

Sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan in the U.S. State of Illinois, Chicago has had many nicknames throughout its history, including the Windy City, Chi-Town, Second City, and the City of the Big Shoulders referring to the numerous towers and high-risers that punctuate its skyline.

Prior to the Europeans, the area of today's Chicago was successively inhabited by various Native American...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Chicago Chinatown Walking Tour

Chicago Chinatown Walking Tour

Tucked away just south of the Loop, the Chinatown of Chicago was established in 1912 and is considered one of the best examples of American Chinatown. While it may be one of Chicago’s smallest neighborhoods geographically, it is big on character, colors, sights, sounds, and flavors. Here, you’ll find a wide range of unique boutiques, specialty shops, religious sights, authentic Chinese...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

The city of Chicago is renowned for its outdoor green spaces. One such “forever free and open” space, is called Grant Park and was established in 1844. In fact, upon foundation, it was called Lake Park, but was renamed in 1901 after the American Civil War General and United States President, Ulysses S. Grant.

Popularly referred to as “Chicago's front lawn,” this lakefront park is...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Chicago Navy Pier Walking Tour

Chicago Navy Pier Walking Tour

Additional to scenic views of the lake, the boats, and the city skyline, the Navy Pier offers a variety of attractions on the waterfront – for kids as well as adults – that draw nearly ten million people annually, making this Chicago's most visited spot. Yes, some may see it as a “tourist trap”, but it is worth the time and money to spend some time here, so take this self-guided walk...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


Chicago Souvenirs: 15 Distinct Local Products to Bring Home

Chicago Souvenirs: 15 Distinct Local Products to Bring Home

One of the most fascinating cities in the U.S., if not the whole world, Chicago has no shortage of things closely associated with it, often due to their direct origin (blues, gangstership, etc.), so one might literally be spoiled for choice as to what to choose as a "piece" of Chicago to...