Museums

Your guide to the best Chicago museums, exhibitions and shows

The best art exhibits to see in Chicago in July
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The best art exhibits to see in Chicago in July

See the work of 20th-century portrait artist John Singer Sargent, 29Rooms installations and more

Your guide to free museum days
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Your guide to free museum days

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The best free art museums and galleries
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The best free art museums and galleries

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The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago
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The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago

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The best Chicago art museums

Art Institute of Chicago

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

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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
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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
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DePaul Art Museum

Hop off the Red or Brown Line at Fullerton and take in an eclectic exhibit at the DePaul Art Museum

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Museum of Contemporary Art
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Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA houses one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits

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Museum of Contemporary Photography
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Museum of Contemporary Photography

See a brilliant mix of archival and new photos at Columbia College's picture-perfect museum

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Smart Museum of Art
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Smart Museum of Art

The University of Chicago's fine art museum hosts a mixture of contemporary pieces and antiquities from its collection

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The best science and history museums in Chicago

Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Take a virtual-reality trip through time and space or enjoy the stars at this lakefront planetarium

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The Field Museum

The Field Museum

This massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet

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Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Cull through thousands of archived photographs and curi and take in several permanent and temporary exhibits

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Shedd Aquarium
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Shedd Aquarium

This 75-year-old institution houses enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon

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Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

If you’re into exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles, this expansive Hyde Park locale is your ticket

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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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

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