The Museum Campus area of Chicago is prime lakefront property, but the Field Museum of Natural History is worth far more than the land it sits on. The museum’s beginnings are a mash-up of two of the most well-known parts of Chicago History: Marshall Field and the 1893 Columbian Exposition. In 1893, after displaying several impressive natural history collections at the World’s Fair, local academics were able to persuade Marshall Field to fund a museum to house them. The Field Museum was first located in the Fair’s Palace of Fine Arts building, but soon moved to its current Classical Revival structure as its collections rapidly grew due to both purchased collections and specimens from expeditions. Today, the Field Museum is one of the foremost museums in the country, with collections ranging from Sue the T-Rex to The Ancient Americas, the Grainger Hall of Gems to Evolving Planet, the Underground Adventure to the DNA Discovery Center, among others. The Museum Campus can get quite busy, with available parking often filled, so it’s a good idea to be shrewd and book a Field Museum parking spot with ParkWhiz before visiting the Museum.