or the faithful among us, visiting a house of worship when we travel can be a way of strengthening our community ties even as we stretch them: Every church, synagogue, mosque or temple, after all, is a home away from home, filled with compatriots who’ll welcome us with a mix of the familiar and the new.
But even for those of us who don’t practice, these spaces reveal the transcendence of the human spirit. Often, they represent us at our best: not just in aspiration, but also in ingenuity, craftsmanship and dedication. Above all, they're places where we come together to share what matters most in life, whether for celebration or mourning. And whoever and wherever we are, they always represent hope.
So as we approach this spring holiday season, we're paying tribute to some of the most inspiring sacred spaces around the world—places we’d visit for their spectacular beauty alone, but that, invariably, and especially in person, give us so much more.
Chicago is home to awe-inspiring museums, iconic architecture, and world-famous sites — and you can explore them all from the comfort of your home. These digital resources allow you to experience Chicago in a new way, from virtual tours to digitized art collections. Check back regularly as we add more experiences from all around Chicago.
Through virtual field trips, Stay Home. Hit Play. provides fun, educational experiences for Chicago students while they are studying from home. Get a glimpse inside Chicago's cultural treasures through behind-the-scenes videos touring iconic institutions including Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum, Art Institute and Lincoln Park Zoo.
Through special permission and collaboration with the National Park Service we are proud to bring you virtual access to sites that are rarely seen by the public. We invite you to preview a few select panoramas here on this website, use our programs to learn more, and explore the parks in person whenever possible.