(Courtesy Chicago Sports Museum, Haray Caray's Restaurant Group)
This interactive museum commemorates the world of sports using simulated experiences, relics and stats. The museum engages visitors to measure up against players like Blackhawk Patrick Kane and Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Relive the glory of the Cubs' historic win at the 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit. Entry is free with a minimum purchase at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch, its dining sibling next door. General admission $10; seniors $6; kids under 3 free. M-Th 11:30 am-8:30 pm, Fr 11:30 am-9 pm, Sa 11 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-6 pm. Highlights and Tips:
- Run by the folks behind Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, this museum is conveniently across the hall from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch restaurant in Water Tower Place. Plan lunch there first to take advantage of free admission to the museum (with minimum purchase).
- Not just for sports fanatics, this museum is a hit with all ages for its interactive exhibits: Measure your jump height against Michael Jordan’s; see how your arm span compares to Scottie Pippen’s; defend a hockey goal; and take a swing at the simulated batting cage.
- The late, great Cubs announcer Harry Caray himself gets in on the action here. In the “Fan Zone,” imitate his famous “Holy Cow!” and sing a rendition of his famous 7th-inning stretch song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
- Where there’s sports, there are curses and superstitions, and the Chicago Sports Museum devotes a whole section to them, plus plenty of sports memorabilia, including prized possessions from Ernie Banks, and collectors items from Harry Caray’s CEO Grant DePorter, including Sammy Sosa’s corked bat, a reminder of the good, the bad and the questionable in pro sports.