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Chicago Museums Guide

'Sue' the Dinosaur from the Field Museum

Info & Map Locations of Chicago's Top Museums
Chicago offers a variety of museums that contain memorable exhibits and attractions. Everyone has heard of the Museum of Science & Industry, Field Museum and Art Institute of Chicago, but Chicago offers so many more Must See choices for your next visit to the Chicago area.

If you're interested in art, nature, science, history, photography or communications, we've got it. Our museums also represent the cultures of Lithuania, Africa, Greece, Mexico, American Indians, the Orient, Sweden, Poland, the Ukraine and more. You can visit the Chicago History Museum and learn all about the city from its origin to the present. We also have a children's museum and a veterans art museum. See our Map of Chicago's Museums.

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Guide to Chicago Museums
 
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Adler Planetarium Museum Campus 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 312-922-7827

yes

yes

The Adler Planetarium is all about space science and exploration, good for all ages. Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Art Institute of Chicago Grant Park 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 312-433-3600

yes

yes

The two famous bronze lions greet you at the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago; inside are nearly 300,000 works of art in nearly a million square feet of space. It is also a school for the fine arts and research library. Open daily except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Kids under 14 are admitted free of charge.

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

West Lawn

6500 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL

773-582-6500

no

no

A major repository of publications, cultural artifacts, and arts pertaining to Lithuania. Open daily except New Year's Day, Easter and Christmas.
 

Cernan Earth and Space Center

Suburban

2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove, IL

708-456-0300

no

no

Earth and space exhibits, including Apollo missions and exploration of Mars. Open daily.
 

Chicago Children's Museum

Navy Pier

700 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL

312-527-1000

yes

no

Three floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content for kids. Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
 

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

312-642-4600

yes

no

A museum dedicated to the city of Chicago; past, present and future, as well as national interests. Open daily.
 

DuSable Museum of African-American History

Washington Park

740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL

773-947-0677

no

no

This museum features artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans and illustrate African American history, culture and art. Closed Mondays and select holidays; free Sundays.
 

Evanston Art Center

Suburban

2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL

847-475-5300

no

no

Three main galleries showcase works of emerging and established contemporary artists and curators from around the region and internationally; also a fine art school. Open daily; free admission.
 

Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center

Greektown

333 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL

312-655-1234

no

no

The only major museum in the U.S. dedicated to telling the story of Greek history, culture, and art from ancient times to today; 17,000 artifacts spanning thousands of years. Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 

Illinois Railway Museum

Suburban

7000 Olson Road, Union, IL

815-923-4000

no

no

The largest railway museum in the United States. Open most days; check website for hours of operation.
 
John G. Shedd Aquarium Museum Campus 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 312-939-2438

yes

yes

The Shedd Aquarium features a number of sealife exhibition aquariums, unique temporary exhibits, an aquatic show and interactive areas. Open daily except Christmas Day.
 

Kohl Children's Museum

Suburban

2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL

847-832-6600

no

no

17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to 8 years; all exhibits and programs aligned to the Illinois State Learning Standards. Open daily except major holidays.
 

Lederman Science Center

Suburban

1398 Pine Street, Batavia, IL

630-840-8258

no

no

The Lederman Science Center exhibits give young people a hands-on experience exploring how Fermilab physicists understand the nature of matter; there are visitor guides, videos and cartoons. Appropriate for kids 10 and older. Closed Sundays.
 

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

Magnificent Mile

820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

312-915-7600

no

no

Founded in 2005, LUMA has eight main exhibition galleries within 25,000 square-feet. The mission of the museum is illustrated in the first floor lobby by the Windows of Faith, representing the five major faiths of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Free tours are offered twice each day. Closed Mondays and select holidays; free admission on Tuesdays.
 

National Museum of Mexican Art

Pilson

1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL

312-738-1503

no

no

The only Latino museum accredited by American Association of Museums; one of the country’s largest Mexican art collections, including more than 7,000 seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present. They also host cultural programs - theater, dance, music and more. Free admission. Closed Mondays and select holidays.
 

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Suburban

3001 Central Street, Evanston, IL

847-475-1030

no

no

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of the few museums in the United States focused exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the Native people of the United States and Canada. Closed Mondays.
 

Museum of Broadcast Communications

The Loop

360 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

312-245-8200

no

no

One of only three museums dedicated to broadcast history in the nation - radio and television. Home to America's only National Radio Hall of Fame Gallery. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Federal holidays.
 

Museum of Contemporary Art

Streeterville

220 E. Chicago Avenue , Chicago, IL

312-280-2660

yes

no

One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time; thought-provoking art created since 1945 - painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. 300-seat theater; terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan. Closed Mondays.
 

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Grant Park

600 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

312-369-7104

no

no

Exclusive commitment to the medium of photography; projects and exhibitions that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies. Free admission. Closed when Columbia College Chicago is closed, including all major holidays.
 

Museum of Science and Industry

Hyde Park

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

773-753-1351

yes

yes

The largest science center in the Western Hemisphere with almost 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, over 35,000 artifacts, Omnimax Theater, hands-on exhibits and guided tours. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 

National Veterans Art Museum

Portage Park

4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL

312-326-0270

no

no

This museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. Originally limited to Vietnam Vets, expanded to all vets in 2003. Home to more than 2,500 works of art, including paintings, photography, sculpture, poetry and music, all created by more than 255 artists who are veterans of American conflicts. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
 

Oriental Institute Museum

Hyde Park

1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL

773-702-9514

no

no

The Oriental Institute, founded in 1919, is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. It is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology and history of early Near Eastern civilizations. Closed Mondays; holiday closings include New Year's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission is free, though there is a suggested donation.
 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL

773-755-5100

no

no

The mission of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is to inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment. Exhibits include butterflies, Chicago waterways, endangered species, hands-on areas, outdoor exhibitions and more. Open daily; closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
 

Polish Museum of America

Wicker Park/West Town

984 N. Milwaukee Avenue , Chicago, IL

773-384-3352

no

no

The Polish Museum of America, one of the oldest and largest ethnic museums in the U.S., offers visitors a range of exhibits, resources and activities related to Polish history, culture and heritage, as well as Polish American history. Tour guides are available to assist visitors. Closed Thursdays and major holidays.
 

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier

Navy Pier

700 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL

312-595-7437

no

no

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows housed in an 800-foot-long series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall on Navy Pier. It showcases both secular and religious windows and is divided by artistic theme. Open daily; free admission.
 

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

Grant Park

610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

312-322-1700

no

no

Spertus, Chicago's center for Jewish learning and culture, presents an array of activities including graduate studies, lectures, concerts, courses, exhibits, film, and more. Closed Tuesdays, Saturdays and select holidays.
 

Swedish American Museum Center

Andersonville

5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

773-728-8111

no

no

The Swedish American Museum is located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish culture in the United States. This 24,000 square-foot building and has a gallery with special art exhibits, permanent exhibit “The Dream of America – Immigration to Chicago”, The Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, library, genealogy center and Museum Store. Open daily, except select holidays.
 

The Chicago Athenaeum

Suburban

601 S. Prospect Street, Galena, IL

815-777-4444

no

no

The Chicago Athenaeum has built an outstanding permanent collection of architecture and architectural artifacts and objects of important American, European, and local Chicago industrial design.
 

The David & Alfred Smart Museum of Art

Hyde Park

5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL

773-702-0200

no

no

The Smart Museum is a leading academic art museum, located at the University of Chicago. It is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Tours are offered. Admission is free. Closed Mondays and holidays.
 

The Field Museum

Museum Campus

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive , Chicago, IL

312-922-9410

yes

yes

The Field Museum dates back to 1893, when the World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago. Located at Museum Campus, today it is home to "Sue", the best preserved t.Rex ever discovered. The Museum's focus is on the natural sciences. A vist will be enjoyed by all ages. Open daily except Christmas Day.
 

Ukrainian National Museum

Ukrainian Village

2249 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL

312-421-8020

no

no

The Ukrainian National Museum collection consists of over 1,140 artifacts, including those related to traditional folk arts, agricultural tools, artwork, musical instruments, trophies, and more. Its library boasts over 20,000 titles. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
 

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