The South Loop Museum Campus


grant park south loop museum campus

Visitors and residents alike could spend hours visiting Chicago’s museums and what could make it easier that having three of the world class facilities located just a couple hundred feet from each other. Situated on Lake Michigan just off Southern Lake Shore Drive, the city’s Museum Campus is home to the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. The Museum Campus was constructed out of a Southern portion of Grant Park and includes jogging paths, walkways, sculptures, and monuments. The campus also includes Soldier Field, the oldest active stadium in the NFL and home of Da Bears and many concerts and events. The stadium underwent renovation completed in 2003, and now holds over 61,000 people. This campus also now links to Northerly Island (formerly private airport Meigs Field), a 91-acre peninsula dedicated to nature and providing a space for Chicago residents to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. It also holds the 7,500 seat Carter One Pavilion.

In 1998, Lake Shore Drive was reconfigured to ensure the buildings’ proximity to each other without having to cross busy Lake Shore Drive on foot. It also made for more difficulties with parking around the museums. The lanes were rerouted West and the 57-acre green-space features places to lounge outside on a nice day and enjoy equally picturesque views of the lake and skyline.

Learn More:
Shedd Aquarium
Field Museum of Natural History
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Getting There:
L: Red, Orange, Green Line to Roosevelt.
Bus: 12, 146.

Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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