10 Places to see great art for free

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Chicago Cultural Center

  • Free

The Chicago Cultural Center (see pTK) regularly presents free jazz shows both at lunchtime and occasionally during evenings. On Wednesdays, the Hideout in Wicker Park (see pTK) hosts an ambitious

  1. 78 E Washington St, (at Michigan Ave)
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Graham Foundation

  • Free

This foundation makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs.

  1. 4 W Burton Pl, (at State St)
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Hyde Park Art Center

  • Free

With a mission of making contemporary art more approachable, the Hyde Park Art Center offers engaging exhibitions, as well as community programming of all varieties: artist talks, a residency

  1. 5020 S Cornell Ave, (at 51st St)
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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art

  • Free

The museum’s permanent collection boasts 4,000-plus works by artists such as Shirin Neshat and Jasper Johns, and its Pick-Laudati Auditorium hosts the artsy Block Cinema.

  1. Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr
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  1. Columbia College, 600 S Michigan Ave, (at Harrison St)
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National Museum of Mexican Art

The largest Latino cultural organization in the U.S. is located in Pilsen. Visit the museum and you'll find a 6,000-piece permanent collection, rotating exhibits, performing-arts showcases and

  1. 1852 W 19th St, (between Wolcott Ave and Wood St)
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Renaissance Society

As far as this gallery of the University of Chicago’s campus is concerned, the avantest of the avant-garde is the only one that matters. As for the name, well, the university wants to broaden the

  1. 5811 S Ellis Ave, (between 58th and 59th Sts)
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  1. University of Chicago, 5550 S Greenwood Ave, (at 55th St)
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  1. SAIC, 33 S State St, seventh floor, (between Madison and Monroe Sts)
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