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    Driving from Ohare to Oshkosh - any must sees?

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    I will be driving from Ohare to Oshkosh and back. Any airplane geeky things I have to see in Chicago or on the road to Oshkosh?

    Russ

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    Russell Military Museum is just on the Illinois/ Wisconsin border right on 94. It's got some stuff in pretty rough shape, but it's got some stuff.

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    Nothing that I would delay getting to OSH for!

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    i havn't been there but the museum in Chicago has some rare airplanes. There's a genuine Stuka and a early Spitfire, both original not replicas. I think it might be called the science museum, I'm not sure of the actual title. Somewhere I recall there is a German WWII submarine, not sure about that or the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Greenwood View Post
    i havn't been there but the museum in Chicago has some rare airplanes. There's a genuine Stuka and a early Spitfire, both original not replicas. I think it might be called the science museum, I'm not sure of the actual title. Somewhere I recall there is a German WWII submarine, not sure about that or the details.
    The Spitfire, Stuka, and the U-boat are all on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, alongside all kinds of other artificats and exhibits:

    https://www.msichicago.org/

    It's one of my personal favorite museums, and one of the only buildings that remain from the "White City", the Colombian Exposition in 1893. Plus, EAA members get free admission as part of the ASTC Passport program.

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    The Museum of Science and Industry is a great place to visit, but it is not on your travel route by any means. The Russell Museum is small, outdoors but fun and right across the border. You would exit the Rte 41 on Russell Road and go west about 1/3 of a mile, then turn right. It will be on your right hand side of the road. EASY on/off access from the tollway (I94 which becomes 41 in Wisconsin.)

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    If you're a car guy also... Not on the route, but get to Chicago a day early and spend it at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, about 40 miles west of Chicago. And do not take a checkbook with you... many of the cars on display (turn of the last century to 80s or so) are also for sale, including some movie cars.
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    The world famous Brat Stop at I94 and route 50 in Kenosha....

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    An interesting place to stop for lunch is "The Safe House" in Milwaukee.

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    Also, a bit of a detour, but very interesting is the Illinois Railway Museum. It's about 45 miles Northwest of O'Hare.
    From their web site:
    IRM was founded in 1953 and has grown to become the largest collection of preserved railway and transit equipment on the continent, with some 450 pieces of historic equipment including steam engines, diesels, streetcars, interurbans, passenger and freight cars, buses, and trolley buses. Among the famous trains at the museum are the Nebraska Zephyr, the only complete surviving Zephyr streamliner; Frisco 1630, a 1918 steam locomotive originally intended for export to czarist Russia; and the Electroliner, a revolutionary high-speed electric train dating to 1941. The museum's site in Union, McHenry County, features some 100 acres of exhibit buildings and historic structures including the 1851-vintage East Union Depot, the oldest active train station west of Pittsburgh. Visitors ride historic trains on a one-mile streetcar loop and a five-mile main line railroad, both lines constructed and maintained by the museum. IRM receives no state or federal funding and all of its operations and historic preservation activities are funded through daily operations and donations.

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