The Art Institute of Chicago (Michigan Avenue at Adams – or take Renzo Piano bridge from Millennium Park into Modern Wing) Always something to please here: the superb Impressionism collection, the Modern Wing, the Asian collection, the photography exhibits or the Thorne miniature rooms. We sell tickets for $21 ($2 off regular admission) and they include admission to special exhibits as the VIP that you are and no waiting in long lines at the front door to get in (use the Members’ entrance).
- National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago 60608 312-738-1503 Closed every Monday. Their Day of the Dead exhibition is always a highlight of the year from early September until the end of November.
- Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago 60611 312-280-2660 Closed every Monday. Small permanent collection, with special exhibits. located just off Mag Mile at Chicago Avenue.
- Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust 931 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park 60302 708-848-1976 The Wright Home and Studio tour is a must for FLW fans. The also offer audio, self-guided tours of the neighborhood. You can take the Green line train to Oak Park and see Unity Temple before visiting the FLW Home and Studio.
- Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 60605 312-922-STAR – a great photo-op of the city’s magnificent skyline, too.
- The Field Museum 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 60605 312-922-9410 – an excellent natural history museum, Sue, the T-Rex lives here; special collections on Egypt are also very popular – this is a huge museum, you can be lost in it for more than a day.
- Museum of Science and Industry 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 60637 773-684-1414 – if you are driving pay to park in the east lot of Jackson park by the Imax/Space Center entrance. If the weather allows, take a stroll behind through the park to the Japanese garden, a tranquil spot that remains from the Japanese pavilion, originally for the 1893 Columbian exhibition. The MSI building is the only remaining building from the “White City” (it was the Fine Arts Building and had to be built to protect the valuable art collections sent to the fair).
- Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 60605 312-939-2438 one of the city’s MOST POPULAR museums – we recommend going at 9 am when it opens or if you are getting the “City Pass” make sure you get the tickets at a previous location so you don’t have to wait in long lines at this one – City Pass users get to cut past the long general admission lines.
- Driehaus Museum 40 E. Erie, Closed Mondays, an exquisitely restored Gilded Age Mansion – we recommend the guided tours to get a full picture of how the building was built and the full history behind one of the few urban mansions open to the public.
- Charnley-Persky House Museum 1365 N. Astor with public tours free on Wednesdays at Noon, first come, first served basis with limit of 15 on the tour. Saturdays the tours are fee-based with similar, first 15 people at 10 am and 1 pm. This Louis Sullivan building is one that Frank Lloyd Wright worked on and you can easily see the mix of these two architects at work in one place.
- The Rookery 209 S. LaSalle Street, 312-994-4000 Burnham and Root’s Rookery is a Chicago Landmark with a remodeling of the central light court by Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 12 Noon – 30 minutes $5 and Wednesdays at 12 Noon 45 min. $10 (Includes the Burnham library).
- Clarke House Museum 1827 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago 60616 312-326-1480
- Robie House 5757 S. Woodlawn St., Chicago 60637 773-834-1847
Glessner House Museum 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago 60616 312-326-1480
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art 756 W. Milwaukee, Chicago 60622 312-243-9088
Museum of Contemporary Photography 600 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60605 312-663-5554
David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago 60637 773-702-0200
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave. 312-791-6049
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art 2320 W. Chicago, Chicago 773-227-5522
Chicago Children’s Museum 700 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago 60611 312-527-1000
Swedish American Museum Center 5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago 60640 773-728-8111
Chicago Historical Society Clark Street at North Avenue, Chicago 60614 312-642-4600
DuSable Museum of African-American History 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago 60637 773-947-0600
Oriental Institute Museum 1155 E. 58th Street, Chicago 60637 773-702-1062
Spertus Museum / Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies 618 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60605 312-322-1747
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter National Museum and Gallery 10403 S. Maryland Ave. 773-928-3935
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago 60622 312-413-535
The Peace Museum 100 North Central Park Avenue 773-638-6450
Chicago Maritime Museum 312-421-9096
American Police Center and Museum 312-431-0005
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway, Chicago 60614 773-755-5100
Museum of Holography/Chicago 1134 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago 60607 312-226-1007