Located in the heart of the city, Millennium Park is an absolutely beautiful spot to enjoy superb landscaping, some really interesting architecture, and public art. Visiting Millennium Park offers the perfect Chicago photo opportunity too, as there you’ll find the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture (that resembles a giant reflective metallic jelly bean). Other notable spots include the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and serpentine bridge, the Crown Fountain and the beautiful Lurie Gardens.
Millennium Park is entirely wheelchair accessible and has won awards for its accessibility. This includes integrated spaces for wheelchair seating at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and ramps adjacent to the staircases ensure that a person in a wheelchair or scooter can get to the same place as an able bodied person without traveling great distances away from the staircase.
From wooly mammoths to Vikings, ancient Egyptian mummies to dinosaurs, the Field Museum offers outstanding exhibits and is one of the world’s largest museums. Sue the T-Rex has a permanent home here and is very impressive (it is the best-preserved and most complete T-Rex skeleton ever discovered), and there are really interesting traveling exhibitions that change frequently so there’s always something new to see here.
The huge building was built in the Greek architectural style, and is a pleasure to visit. The Field Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, and offers handicapped parking spaces close by the East Entrance. There really is so much to do here and you should give yourself plenty of time to do it all – a couple of hours will barely give you enough time to race around the exhibits.
Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago houses more than 300,000 works of art. Voted the #1 Museum in the United States, this is a must see and features iconic works by Grant Wood (including American Gothic), Georgia O’Keefe, and Diego Rivera, as well as classics by John Singer Sargent and many other well-known historical artists. There are two excellent cafes in the museum to enjoy when you need a break to sit and absorb all that sheer artistic brilliance on display.
Spanning almost a million sq ft, an electric scooter or wheelchair will ensure that you are able to see as much of the Institute as possible. The Art Institute of Chicago welcomes all visitors and is committed to making all programs and services accessible to everyone.
Located on the Chicago shoreline, the Navy Pier is a hub for lots of interesting ways to experience Chicago from the water, and is home to some fun festivals throughout the year. At Pier Park, a landscaped area outdoors on the upper deck, there is plenty of public art and beautiful parkland to explore too (with a splash-park for kids too) as well as a Ferris-wheel, carousel, miniature golf course and much more. Attracting more than 8 million visitors a year, Navy Pier is well worth checking out.
The Navy Pier is entirely accessible to visitors with mobility equipment. All levels of the Navy Pier complex are accessible by elevators. Tours and dining boats are operated independently of Navy Pier and must be contacted prior to the visit to inquire about accessibility.
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