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
See photographs taken with the Liminal Camera, a massive portable camera fashioned from a shipping container, at this new DePaul Art Museum exhibition. The...
"S, M, L, XL"
In the 1960s, sculptors began taking their pieces off of pedestals and creating immersive artworks that become a part of the gallery instead of its focal...
"Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014"
The second floor of the Modern Wing plays host to an exhibition devoted to the work of Chicago-born sculptor Charles Ray. Since beginning his career as a...
"The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now"
Last year the MCA explored the multifaceted world of rock music through the lens of David Bowie's career. This summer, the museum turns its eye to...
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