Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA/ 1773.684.1414/ www.msichicago.org
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. The Museum of Science and Industry gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the citizens of Chicago. Open: Wed - Sun, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm; Mon, Tue, 9:30 am - 4 pm.
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA/ 1312.443.3600/ www.artic.edu
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually. As a research institution, the Art Institute also has a conservation and conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the largest art history and architecture libraries in the country—the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Open: Fri - Wed, 10:30 am - 5 pm; Thu, 10:30 - 8 pm.
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA/ 1312.922.9410/ www.fieldmuseum.org
The Field Museum of Natural History, also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago, and is one of the largest such museums in the world. The museum maintains its status as a premier natural history museum through the size and quality of its educational and scientific programs, as well as due to its extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections. The diverse, high quality permanent exhibitions, which attract up to two million visitors annually, range from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world to interactive programming demonstrating today's urgent conservation needs. Open: Daily, 9 am - 5 pm.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA/ 1312.280.2660/ mcachicago.org
One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. MCA Chicago documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan. Open: Wed - Sun, 10 am - 5 pm; Tue, 10 am - 8 pm.
Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA/ 1312.922.7827/ www.adlerplanetarium.org
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, over 550,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement; the museum's scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to come explore space with us. Open: Daily, 9:30 am - 4 pm.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA/ 1312.642.4600/ www.chicagohistory.org
Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. It is located in Lincoln Park at 1601 North Clark Street at the intersection of North Avenue in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood. It was renamed the Chicago History Museum in September 2006. Exhibitions draw primarily on the museum's own collection, which numbers approximately 22 million holdings. Chicago: Crossroads of America is a 16,000-square-foot space that explores the city's development and its relationship to and influence on American history. Open: Mon - Sat, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.
The Chicago Children's Museum is located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1982 by The Junior League of Chicago who were responding to programming cutbacks in the Chicago Public Schools. Originally housed in two hallways of the Chicago Public Library, it soon began to offer trunk shows and traveling exhibits in response to capacity crowds on-site. Open: Fri - Wed, 10 am - 5 pm; Thu, 10 am - 8 pm.
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA/ 1773.702.0200/ smartmuseum.uchicago.edu
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art is an art museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The permanent collection has over 15,000 objects. Admission is free. The Smart Museum and the adjacent Cochrane-Woods Art Center were designed by the architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Open: Tue, Wed, Fri - Sun, 10 am - 5 pm; Thu, 10 am - 8 pm.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA/ 1312.738.1503/ nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org
The National Museum of Mexican Art (Formerly known as the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum) is a museum which features Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture. The museum was founded in 1982 by Carlos Tortolero. Located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, the current building in Harrison Park opened on March 27, 1987. The museum is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the museum is to display Mexican culture as one sin fronteras (without borders). Open: Tue - Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.
Loyola University Museum of Art
820 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA/ 1312.915.7600/ www.luc.edu
The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), which opened in the fall of 2005, is unique among Chicago's many museums for mounting exhibits that explore the spiritual in art from all cultures, faiths, and eras. LUMA's permanent collection comprises the Martin D'Arcy Collection of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art and objects ranging in date from 1150 to 1800. Established in 1969 by Donald Rowe, S.J., the collection contains over 300 pieces. It was named after British humanist and Jesuit theologian Martin D'Arcy, S.J., who amassed an art collection at Campion Hall, Oxford University, in England. Open: Wed - Sat, 11 am - 6 pm; Tue, 11 am - 8 pm.
Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA/ 1773.728.8111/ swedishamericanmuseum.org
Swedish American Museum is located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. The Swedish American Museum in Chicago was founded by Kurt Mathisson in 1976. It moved to its current location on 5211 North Clark Street in 1987. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was present at the museum's founding and at its move to its new home. The museum is housed in a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2), three-story building and has a collection of approximately 12,000 objects. It is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of 25 ethnic museums and cultural centers in Chicago. Open: Sun - Thu, 10 am - 5 pm; Fri, Sat, 10 am - 8 pm.
International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA/ 1312.642.6502/ imss.org
The International Museum of Surgical Science is a museum located in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. It is operated by The International College of Surgeons and features exhibits dealing with various aspects of Eastern and Western medicine. It was founded by Dr. Max Thorek in 1954. The museum's exhibits are displayed by theme or surgical discipline. Displays include photographs, paintings and drawings, sculpture, medical equipment, skeletons, medical specimens and historic artifacts. The library contains more than 5,000 rare medical texts. Open: Tue - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm; Sat, Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.
National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60641, USA/ 1312.326.0270/ www.nvam.org
The National Veterans Art Museum, formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago's six corners neighborhood, is dedicated to displaying and studying art produced by veterans from the Vietnam War and other wars and conflicts. Originally a traveling exhibition, while in Chicago it was viewed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, who was so taken by the power of the art that he immediately insisted that the city provide a permanent home for it. Open: Tue - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA/ 1312.663.5554/ www.mocp.org
Founded in 1976 as the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the museum collaborates with artists, photographers, communities, and institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. As the leading photography museum in the Midwest, presenting projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the museum offers students, educators, research specialists, and general audiences an intimate and comprehensive visual study center. Open: Mon - Wed, Fri, Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Thu, 10 am - 8 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.
5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA/ 1773.702.8670/ www.renaissancesociety.org
The Renaissance Society is an independent, non-collecting museum of contemporary art located on the campus of the University of Chicago. Founded in 1915 to encourage a greater understanding of culture, we are committed to supporting ambitious artistic experimentation, primarily through the commissioning of new works, and to fostering a rigorous and interdisciplinary discourse around it. In addition to our exhibition program, we host an eclectic range of concerts, performances, lectures, screenings, and readings. Open: Tue - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm; Sat, Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.