When You Go
Admission to the U-505 exhibit is included in the Museum of Science and Industry’s $13 entry fee ($9 children; $12 seniors); timed tickets for the onboard tour are an additional $6 per person. Only a limited number of people can tour the sub each day, so buying tour tickets in advance at msichicago.org is recommended.
Where to Eat
Continue the day’s nautical theme by heading to Navy Pier, Chicago’s popular lakefront entertainment complex, to grab a bite and boat-watch as the sun sinks beneath the Chicago skyline. I had a lovely dinner there at Riva, a steak and seafood place, where picture windows offer stellar views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago (stefanirestaurants.com/riva).
What Else to See
The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the most popular sites in Chicago, and deservedly so. Air power buffs will enjoy a close look at the Spitfire Mk I and the Ju 87R-2 Tropical Stuka on display in the museum’s transportation gallery; a naval exhibit lets visitors tour an aircraft carrier, climb aboard an F-35C flight simulator, and scan Lake Michigan for enemy vessels through the periscope of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Chicago.