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Chicago Museums and Art Galleries

Enjoy the Windy City and the great things to do in Chicago, including all of the Chicago museums and art galleries.

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The Art Institute of Chicago

distance: .7 Miles

Located just steps away from the W Chicago City Center, The Art institute sits right on Michigan Avenue on the edge of Grant Park.  Noted as the third largest art collection in the nation, the institute has been in existence since 1893. The institute features a variety of collections with anything from African, American, Asian, Contemporary and Modern, to Textiles and European Decorative.

Museum of Contemporary Art

distance: 2.1 Miles

Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art has been expressing modern culture since 1945 through painting, sculpture, photography, video, film and performance exhibits. Located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, it showcases a beautiful sculpture garden and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

The Chicago History Museum

distance: 2.7 Miles

Celebrating its 174th birthday this year, The Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution and has done an incredible job of keeping the city's history alive. Located in Lincoln Park, it showcases over 22 million items. Some of the exhibitions featured right now are: Abraham Lincoln, Unexpected Chicago, My Chinatown, Facing Freedom, Sensing Chicago and Treasures.

The Field Museum of Natural History

distance: 3.1 Miles

Located on Museum Campus, The Field Museum received its name from its first benefactor, Marshall Field. Most well known for its incredible dinosaur exhibits, the museum also features other remarkable collections and research. Check out the new exhibit "The Horses" which features the relationship between horses and humans.

The Shedd Aquarium

distance: 3.2 Miles

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, constructed in 1929 is located on the Museum Campus, just south of Grant Park. Some of the Shedd's most exciting exhibits include: Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Jellies, Oceanarium's Pacific Northwest Coast, and Wild Reef's Indo-Pacific reef. Have the kids explore the Polar Play Zone or sit down and enjoy one of the Shedd's Aquatic Shows.

Adler Planetarium

distance: 3.5 Miles

In 1930, Adler's Planetarium became America's First Planetarium. Located right on Lake Michigan, the planetarium provides more than just experiences with the sky, it offers hands-on space exhibits for all to enjoy. The planetarium's three full-size theaters gives the visitor an unforgettable sky experience.

The Notebaert Nature Museum

distance: 4.9 Miles

Located right on Lincoln Park's lakefront, The Notebaert Nature Museum creates a positive relationship between people and nature. Enjoy many nature exhibits including the unique butterfly house that features more than 200 species of exotic butterflies.

Museum of Science and Industry

distance: 7.9 Miles

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry has been providing an innovative experience since 1933. It has more than 35,000 artifacts and almost 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and demos. Some of the exhibits include: 40 Years of Black Creativity, Science Storms, You! The Experience, Coal Mine, Earth Revealed, Fast Forward... Inventing the Future and more!