Type: Art Museums, Cultural Venues, Museums
No, it's not the University of Chicago waving its intellect at the rest of us (although it is on the campus),but rather this Hyde Park museum is named for brothers David and Alfred Smart, the original publishers of Esquire magazine. It just semantic serendipity that there are many very smart exhibits and programs at the free entry cultural institution. Among the collections, don't miss sculpture by Degas, Matisse and Rodin; Asian and European art; sleek furniture by Frank Lloyd Wright; and paintings and sculpture by Mark Rothko, Diego Rivera and Henry Moore. With over 15,000 objects, spanning five millennia of both Western and Eastern civilizations, Smart Museum also welcomes fantastic traveling exhibitions such as the first U.S. exhibition of self-trained revolutionary artist, Tang Chang. Expect hands-on art-making programs for families and thought provoking lectures and symposia for adults, too.
5550 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60637
Free Things to Do: "Visit when the weather is cooperative and enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden featuring work by Scott Burton, Jene Highstein, Richard Hunt, and Arnaldo Pomodoro."
Best for Free Things to Do Because: A stop at the free Smart Museum of Art adds inspiration to a day exploring Hyde Park.