Top Museums in Chicago (Illinois)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

    The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago is a contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The museum, which was established in 1967, is one of the world's largest contemporary art venues. The museum's collection is composed of thousands of objects of Post-World War II visual art. The museum is run gallery-style, with individually curated exhibitions throughout the year. Each exhibition may be composed of temporary loans, pieces from their permanent ...
Chicago Cultural Center
  • Chicago Cultural Center

    78 E Washington St 60602 Chicago IL United States
    Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events. Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had ...
The Field Museum
  • The Field Museum

    1400 S Lake Shore Dr (at McFetridge Dr) Chicago, IL 60605 United States
    Travel around the world, go back in time, and discover things you never knew at The Field Museum! Whether you're a first-time guest or a frequent visitor, we're your home for endless adventures.
National Museum of Mexican Art
  • National Museum of Mexican Art

    1852 W 19th St 60608 Chicago IL United States
    The National Mexican Museum of Art is a vibrant and welcoming place where you can experience authentic Mexican art and culture outside of Mexico, and admission is always free. We showcase 3,000 years creativity through a cultural crossroad that connects Chicagoans and suburbanites to the diversity of Mexican people. • Located in Chicago’s Pilsen community, we provide an authentic cultural experience while following the highest standards of other local museums. • Our curators and educators are experts in Mexican art and their passion for ...
Chicago Children's Museum
Driehaus Museum
  • Driehaus Museum

    The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a museum located at 40 East Erie Street on the Near North Side in Chicago, Illinois, near the Magnificent Mile. The museum is housed within the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, the 1883 residence of a wealthy Chicago banker. Although the mansion has been restored, the Driehaus Museum does not re-create the Nickerson period but rather broadly interprets and displays the prevailing design, architecture, and decorating tastes of Gilded Age America and the art ...
Museum of Broadcast Communications
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
  • Pritzker Military Museum & Library

    The Pritzker Military Museum & Library (formerly Pritzker Military Library) is a museum and a research library for the study of military history in Chicago, Illinois, US. It was founded in 2003 by Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret.), then known as James Pritzker, to be a non-partisan institution for the study of "the citizen soldier as an essential element for the preservation of democracy". Originally located in the Streeterville neighborhood at 610 N. Fairbanks Court, the library ...
Saturday Night Live: The Experience
Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
  • Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

    1155 E 58th St 60637 Chicago IL United States
    The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago History
Chicago Sports Museum
  • Chicago Sports Museum

    835 N Michigan Ave 60611 Chicago IL United States
    The 8,000 square foot Chicago Sports Museum offers a highly interactive experience for visitors to explore the legends and lore of Chicago sports. It combines hi-tech interactive experiences—including skill challenges and simulated experiences—with unique sports memorabilia (think Sammy Sosa’s corked bat), and an impressive collection of game-used treasures and other artifacts. “The Chicago Sports Museum is going to fill a hole in this sports-crazy town,” says David Kaplan, Sportscaster WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet. “We have lots of great museums in ...
Smart Museum of Art
  • Smart Museum of Art

    5550 S Greenwood Ave 60637 Chicago IL United States
    As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart is home to thought-provoking exhibitions and an exquisite collection of more than 15,000 objects, including modern masterpieces, millennia-old Chinese artworks, rich examples of Renaissance painting, and provocative works of contemporary art. Admission is always free. Mission The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
  • Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

    756 N Milwaukee Ave 60642 Chicago IL United States
    Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art — with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a Permanent Collection with holdings of more than 1,100 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; ...
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
National Hellenic Museum
  • National Hellenic Museum

    The National Hellenic Museum is the second oldest American institution dedicated to displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans. Formerly known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, the National Hellenic Museum is located in Chicago’s Greektown, at the corner of Halsted and Van Buren Streets. The National Hellenic Museum has recently undergone a modernization program that cumulated in the museum moving to its current building in December 2011. The official opening of the NHM took place ...
McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center
  • Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center

    238 W 23rd St 60616 Chicago IL United States
    Mission: The mission of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) is to promote the culture and history––through exhibitions, education, and research––of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest. The Museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616 1/2 block west of Wentworth Ave. and 3 blocks from the Chinatown station of the CTA's Red Line.
Museum Campus
  • Museum Campus

    Museum Campus is a 57-acre (23 ha) park in Chicago that sits alongside Lake Michigan and encompasses five of the city's most notable attractions: the Adler Planetarium, America's first planetarium; the Shedd Aquarium; the Field Museum of Natural History; Soldier Field, home of the NFL Chicago Bears football team; and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place. Museum Campus sits adjacent to Northerly Island along the waterfront.
Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum
  • Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum

    1601 N Clark St 60614 Chicago IL United States
    With over 50,000 costumes and textile artifacts from the mid-18th century to the present, the Chicago History Museum Costume Collection is the second largest in the world and one of the nation’s most complete repositories of fashion. Using a common thread to tell an uncommon story, our collections are woven into the very fabric of our city’s vibrant history. The breadth of our collection reflects the rise of Chicago as well as the dressmakers, milliners, and manufacturers who made our ...
Museum Campus/11th Street station
  • Museum Campus/11th Street station

    Museum Campus/11th Street (formerly Roosevelt Road) is a commuter rail station in downtown Chicago that serves the Metra Electric Line north to Millennium Station and south to University Park, Blue Island and South Chicago; and the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana. Roosevelt Road Station was located where Roosevelt Road intersects the former Illinois Central Railroad line. The station was the former commuter platforms of Central Station, the long-distance IC passenger terminal that was previously located adjacent to ...
  • Terra Museum

    The Terra Museum of American Art was an art museum founded by Chicago businessman Daniel J. Terra in Evanston, Illinois in 1980. The museum was relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 1987. During its tenure, the museum presented more than 200 exhibitions on American art and provided related programs and events for children, teachers, families, general adult audiences, and scholars. The museum closed on October 31, 2004 after 24 years of operation.