The 12 best free art museums and galleries
You don't have to spend a fortune on tickets to see amazing art in Chicago
Free museum days
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a fortune in order to visit the city's best museums
10 best Chicago museums
If you have a day off in Chicago, spending it at a museum is a no-duh
The Field Museum announces a new exhibit
The Cyrus Tang Hall of China will showcase more than 350 pieces from the museum's collection
The best Chicago art museums
Art Institute of Chicago
Flanked by iconic bronze lions, this encyclopedic institution owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
Situated on the Northwestern University campus, this museum’s permanent collection boasts 4,000-plus works
DePaul Art Museum
Hop off the Red or Brown Line at Fullerton and take in an eclectic exhibit at the DePaul Art Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art
The MCA houses one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits
Museum of Contemporary Photography
See a brilliant mix of archival and new photos at Columbia College's picture-perfect museum
Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago's fine art museum hosts a mixture of contemporary pieces and antiquities from its collection
Top art exhibits in Chicago
"Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters"
Commercial photographer Sandro Miller teams with actor John Malkovich to pay tribute to a series of seminal photographs. Malkovich takes on the role of the...
"Derek Hess: Greatest Hits"
Cleveland-based gig poster artist Derek Hess returns to Rotofugi with a new exhibition of music-themed works entitled "Greatest Hits". Though he has designed...
"Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies"
Presenting 44 works of art from the Kashmir valley, this exhibition of Buddhist art from Kashmir examines how works created between 7th and the 13th...
"Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination"
Born in Chicago in 1948, Gregory Warmack spent his free time in his early years making jewelry, decorative objects and other small works from found objects....
The best science and history museums in Chicago
Take a virtual-reality trip through time and space or enjoy the stars at this lakefront planetarium
Chicago History Museum
Cull through thousands of archived photographs and curi and take in several permanent and temporary exhibits
This 75-year-old institution houses enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon
Museum of Science and Industry
If you’re into exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles, this expansive Hyde Park locale is your ticket
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
From prairie and river ecosystems to the biology of Ice Age–mammals, the focus at this Lincoln Park museum is vast and varied