The best Chicago art museums
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
"North Korean Perspectives"
North Korea is one of the world's most reclusive nations, a place where the flow of information is strictly controlled by the government. Because of this,...
"David Hartt: Interval"
Canadian artist David Hartt investigates how culture and values change over time in "Intervals," a new exhibition featuring films and photographs from two...
"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 best science and history museums in Chicago
Chicago History Museum
Cull through thousands of archived photographs and curi and take in several permanent and temporary exhibits
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