Chicago’s world-class collection of museums often surprise visitors. On one hand, our museums boast the rich history of an American city of industry. On the other, it shows a city that welcomed an international presence at the turn of the century. Museums in Chicago have something to satisfy every curiosity. Even the little tykes.
Chicago is a pioneer of industry and science. It's hard to see it all in one day at the Museum of Science and Industry (it seems never-ending). Learn why Chicago is called both the Second City and Windy City at the Chicago History Museum while Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts will love the architect’s Home and Studio tour that focuses on his iconic architecture and design.
While the Museum Campus in the South Loop is best known as the center for museum activity (three of the city’s stalwarts consider the campus as home ~ Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium), the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art are conveniently located near Chicago’s Loop.
Every museum has a gift shop and these shops include many locally-made artisan designers which make for great memories of your visit.
Take a moment to check a museum's website for current and temporary exhibits as well as their free admission days.
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