Top Chicago Museums

Top Chicago Museums
Chicago---one of America's most beloved cities---offers a plethora of museum choices for all ages and interests. For outdoor enthusiasts who may have been out cycling, swimming (in the summer) or kayaking on the Great Lakes, getting a cultural and historical fix from Chicago's great museums should be just the ticket. Whether you want to peruse one of the world's greatest art collections, rivaling any in Europe, or see the latest traveling science or historical exhibition, Chicago presents a nearly unrivaled museum experience.

The Field Museum

Chicago's famous Field Museum, founded in 1893, houses exhibitions from the worlds of anthropology, science, archeology and history. Today, it ranks as one of the world's premier museums, and shares the same museum campus as the popular John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Research, education, symposia on biology, geology, anthropology and zoology are ongoing as well, supplementing the fascinating traveling exhibits that in the past have included "Treasures of the Titanic," and "Real Pirates."

The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605-2496
(312) 922-9410

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago presents one of the world's premier art collections. Nearly every artist of any magnitude and importance is represented here: Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Monet and Rembrandt, to name a few. Works by American artists including Warhol, Rothko, John Singer Sargent, Grant Wood and Georgia O'Keefe are among the museum's breathtaking collections. Photography, sculpture, decorative arts, architecture and furniture make up just a few of the museum's other departments. You'll need a day or two to see everything properly at the incredibly comprehensive Art Institute of Chicago. It's an absolute must-see on every Chicago visitor's list.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
(312) 443-3600

Museum of Science and Industry

Experience the thrill of witnessing more than 35,000 artifacts at the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. On permanent display is the only German U-Boat in the United States and hundreds of exhibits in the fields of technology, engineering, medicine and science.

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637
(773) 684-1414

Chicago Children's Museum

Located at Navy Pier, the Chicago Children's Museum offers play and learning programs that connect math, science, reading and art, encouraging educational and artistic development. Children can get messy while trying hands-on crafts that celebrate and highlight diverse cultures from the city of Chicago, as well as from around the world. Permanent exhibits and ongoing workshops featuring experts and educators round out the museum's offerings.

Chicago Children's Museum
700 E. Grand Avenue, #127
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 527-1000

Article Written By Fiona Farnsworth

Fiona Farnsworth has been writing professionally since 1987. An award-winning senior advertising copywriter, she's written for major clients in Southern California and Hawaii. As lead writer for a popular Big Island home magazine, she specializes in Hawaii homes and interior design. She has also written for national magazines. Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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