Plan to spend some time if you want to see everything this museum has to offer. I used the website to preview the exhibits and help me plan my visit. The staff and volunteers are very helpful and can easily point you to the exhibit you want to see. The displays are well done, visually interesting and scientifically accurate. The exhibits are impressive, and spread around, which gives visitors plenty of room to move around and view the displays without crowds.
Parking is available, but the museum can also be accessed by a short walk along the lake from Michigan Avenue. Weekends can be crowded, I went on a Sunday when it first opened and had no problems, but it was getting busy when I left.
Word of caution: Check the game schedule for Soldier Field (across the street from Field Museum). Game day traffic and tailgaters have a HUGE impact on car access to the museum.
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