International Museum of Surgical Science
Your eyes will easily jump from the medical instruments, paintings, and statues to the breathtaking Gold Coast building they are housed in at this interesting and unique Chicago museum. Over 7,000 medical artifacts, 600 art pieces, over 5,000 medical books, and more are housed in this 20th-Century mansion that resembles Le Petit Trianon, a French chateau on the grounds of Versailles. Here iron lungs, Peruvian skulls with holes drilled in them, hearing aids from different eras, statues of medical greats, murals depicting important moments in medical history, and more will enlighten those with or without any medical knowledge.
Steps away from the Magnificent Mile, this museum is a fascinating and rare example of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The galleries are elegantly furnished with pieces from the most celebrated designers of the late 19th and early 20th Century, such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Herter Brothers. These objets d’art are presented in harmony with the immaculately-restored interiors and surviving furnishings of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, which was designated as a Chicago landmark in 1977.
SNL: The Experience
Live from the Museum of Broadcast Communications, it’s SNL: The Experience. Go behind the scenes at 30 Rock as you wind your way through the bi-level exhibit featuring 500 artifacts—including props, costumes, scripts, and set replicas—from the 43-year history of Saturday Night Live. Structured by each day of the week, which has a specific purpose and goal at SNL, the exhibit concludes on Saturday. It’s here you’ll find yourself standing in a complete replica of Studio 8H. Grab a seat for the monologue, musical act, and rotating sketch before posing for a photo at a remake of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Weekend Update Desk.