Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive is the largest science museum in the Western hemisphere. Near the University of Chicago, the museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although you can’t take CTA directly there, there is a nearby Metra commuter rail station.
Things to Know
- Walking time is about 8 minutes from the closest train station
- Use the Millennium Station in the Loop to transfer from CTA to Metra
- If you’re also visiting the Shedd Aquarium or The Field Museum, the Museum Campus Metra Station near these attractions will also take you to the Museum of Science and Industry as a way to maximize your sightseeing.
Travel to the Loop and walk to the Millennium Station to travel to the museum:
- Take a red line train to the Lake Station, walk away from the Chicago Theatre and turn left on Randolph Street.
- From the blue line, exit at Clark/Lake and walk under the tracks on Lake in the same direction as the one-way car traffic. Turn right on State then left on Randolph.
- Take a brown, orange, green, pink or purple line to the Randolph/Wabash Station and walk less than a block toward the park. Note: This station is not handicap accessible.
Use Google Maps to get specific CTA and Metra transit directions from your starting location. Use Lake or Clark/Lake for handicap-accessibility.
- Take a Electric District (ME) train to the 55th-56th-57th Street Station. From the Millennium Station, trains only depart in one direction and commute time from that station is 15 minutes.
- Walk east (toward the tall buildings) on E. 56th Street upon arriving at the Metra station to reach the museum.
On weekends, take advantage of Metra’s weekend pass for unlimited rides or take Uber from downtown Chicago to the museum if you prefer not to ride Metra (new Uber riders can use promo code TransitGuide to get a free first ride).