If you have any interest in the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East, you'll wander the galleries of the Oriental Institute with goosebumps, slack-jawed. This museum on the campus of the University of Chicago houses one of the finest collections of Antiquities in North America. Some of the oldest cuneiform tablets--humanity's earliest writing--here. A portrait of Sennacherib from Sargon's Throne Hall--here, too. Friezes of Lions from Babylon, bull-headed columns from Darius' Persia--all here. Amazing. Whether you're interested in the sources of the Greek historians or Biblical archaeology, this museum alone would almost be worth a trip to Chicago...so it's definitely worth the urban trek south from downtown.