8 One-Hour Chicago Attractions
Museum of Science and Industry
Destination: You'd need more than a day to cover the massive museum, but in one hour, you'll get a quick hit of education and entertainment at the new Science Storms. The exhibit explores the how and why behind natural phenomena. Admission charged (773/684-1414; msichicago.org)
What you'll see: Fifty interactive stations offer hands-on chances to control a 40-foot tornado, create a tsunami in a 30-foot wave tank and more.
Tip: The museum offers 52 free days each year.