Museums

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter National Museum and Gallery
10403 S. Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
773-928-3935

Located in Chicago’s Pullman Historic District, the Museum Gallery was founded in 1995 by Lyn Hughes as the first African American Labor History Museu, in tribute to A. Philip Randolph, the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters and the African American Railroad attendants. The exhibit fetures a collection of vintage historical photos preserving and presenting moments in time.


Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-STAR

Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon or evening? Children (of all ages) will love the Adler Planetarium!

Opened in 1930 as the first Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler fuels the imagination of its visitors with all new exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology in the world’s first StarRider Theater, all the while showcasing Adler’s renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts.

You’ll love it, the kids will love it – you can’t lose at the Adler. And the Museum Campus is beautiful! If you have time, you can always stop by the Field Museum or the Shedd Aquarium!

On Lake Shore Drive at Chicago’s Museum Campus. 9am-5pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-6pm. Admission: $5 adults, $4 children 4-17 and seniors; all shows are $5.00 per person per show.”


Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-STAR

Opened in 1930 as the first Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler fuels the imagination of its visitors with all new exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology in the world’s first StarRider Theater, all the while showcasing Adler’s renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts. On Lake Shore Drive on Chicago’s Museum Campus. 9am-5pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-6pm. Admission: $5 adults, $4 children 4-17 and seniors; all shows are $5.00 per person per show.


American Indian Center
1630 W. Wilson
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5871

An urban museum and cultural center focusing on the American Indian.


Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
773-582-6500

The Balzekas Museum collects, researches and presents to the public, artifacts of Lithuanian art and culture. The museum includes an art gallery, library, archives, a children’s museum, a geneology society and permanent displays.


Chicago Architecture Center
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
(312) 922-3432

Guided tours, exhibitions, lectures, and educational programs explore the history and development of Chicago’s unique architecture.


Chicago Children’s Museum
700 E. Grand Ave.,
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-1000

With 14 hands-on, interactive exhibits, a special place of eduction, exploration, stimulation and delight for children and adults. Exhibits include: Dinosaur Expedition; Water Ways; Safe & Sound; Kovler Family Climbing Schooner; Inventing Lab; Face to Face: Dealing with Prejudice and Discrimination; Under Construction; Play Maze; Treehouse Trails; Kraft Artabounds Studio; Culture Connection Family Learning Station and Info Tech Arcade: Where Kids Connect. Tues.-Sun. 10am-5pm. LaSalle Bank Free Family Night Thurs. 5pm-8pm. Admission $6.50, seniros $5.50, children under 1 admitted free.


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-6630

Make it a priority to visit Chicago’s architectural showplace for the lively and visual arts!

This Chicago hotspot features daily programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts. You’ll learn volumes of this great city, and have a lot of fun as well.

Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10am-7pm; Thurs. 10am-9pm; Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 11am-5pm. Closed holidays. Free admission. ”


Chicago Historical Society
Clark St. at North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Visit the Chicago Historical Society and get a glimpse of the history of our great city! There’s more here than you can imagine – you won’t believe all the great (and sometimes not-so-great) events and periods that “”My Kind of Town”” has gone through! This isn’t a dusty, old, boring warehouse, its a vibrant, interesting, fun adventure!

The Chicago Historical Society is a major museum and research center specializing in Chicago and American history. From permanent galleries and special exhibitions through exciting programs, people of all ages are able to experience the past and better understand the present.


Clarke House Museum
1827 S. Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
312-326-1480

Chicago’s oldest house, the Widow Clarke House, now known as the Clarke House Museum, is now open to the public. Tours of this 1836 Greek Revival style house reveal what life was like for a middle class family in Chicago, when the city was in its formative years before the Civil War. Hour-long guided tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday at noon, 1 and 2pm.


David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-0200

The Smart Museum of Art is the University of Chicago’s art museum. It offers sequential curriculum programs, thematic gallery discussions, exhibit-related programs, packets and loan materials to educators, and curriculum consultation for teachers, all with a focus on visual literacy. The interdisciplinary approach of the programs encourages students to think critically, discover connections across areas and cultures, and approach problems creatively.


DuSable Museum of African-American History
740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
773-947-0600

The DuSable Museum is the first and oldest African-American museum in the country with over 17,000 objects in its collection. The museum provides diverse educational and public offerings such as the Jazz and Blues Series, author readings, senior citizen events, and much more.


Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 848-1976 The turn-of-the century home and studio of America’s most renowned architect features soaring spaces, colorful art glass and bold geometric forms.


Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
312-326-1480

Free street parking is available. Glessner House Museum is a National Historic Landmark, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and built in 1887. neighboring Clarke House . Museum programming examines the architecture, art, history and culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through lectures, discussions, performance events and exhibits.


Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center 168 N. Michigan Avenue, 4th floor Chicago IL 60601 312-726-1234 The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center serves to educate its audiences about Hellenic culture, experiences and achievements, and the history of Greek immigration to the United States. The inspiration, pathos and beauty of Greek history and the Hellenic artistic past are presented in the form of exhibitions and the holdings that compromise our library. The Museum fosters an environment that encourages and supports all visitors, embraced in the Hellenic philosophy as “philos” or friends, to artistic, intellectual and spiritual explorations.


Historic Pullman Foundation
11111 S. Forrestville Ave.
Chicago IL 60628
(773) 785-8181

The Historic Pullman District is an National Historic Landmark. Tour America’s first planned industrial town built in the 1880’s, see the local Pullman artifacts and museum pieces, and learn about this important part of Chicago History!

Call for information on guided walking tours. Group and individual tours are available. Mon. – Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 10am-2pm; Sun. 10am-3pm.


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60610
312-642-6502

This museum houses artifacts from over 4,000 years of surgical history. With over 7,000 artifacts in the collection, displays include pieces from many countries and medical specialities.


Jane Addams Hull House Museum
800 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607-7017
(312) 413-5353

On the University of Illinois at Chicago campus commemorate the work of social wellfare pioneer and peace advocate Jane Addams. Housed in two original Hull-House buildings, the museum is an internationally recognized symbol of multi-cultural unerstanding, educational innovation and social service. Orignal furnishings, paintings, photographs and rotating exhibits recreate the history of the settlement and the work of its residents. Hours: Mon.- Fri. 10am-4pm; Sun. noon-5pm. Admission is Free.


Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608-2706
(312) 738-1503

Drawing from centuries of art and culture, the MFACM showcases the finest of Mexico, from both sides of the border. Over 1,000 objects in the permanent collection boast original works from Mexican masters such as Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, folk art by the Linares family, and contemporary work by artists such as Carmen Lomas Garza. Interactive educational workshops bring discovery and understanding for the youngest of visitors. Mexican craftsmanship and award-winning literature available in Tienda Tzintzuntzan, the museum gift shop. Open Tues.-Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission free, festivals are ticketed. Donations accepted.


Museum of Broadcast Communications
78 East Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-6000

The Museum of Broadcast Communications is one of only two broadcast museums in America, housing historic radio and television memorabilla, an extensive archive collection of over 85,000 hours of television and radio programming and home to America’s only Radio Hall of Fame. The museum offers state-of-the art radio and television studios; where visitors have the opportunity to go “on-the air,” plus a wide array of interactive exhibits and kiosks.


Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time. Located just off Michigan Avenue and the historic Water Tower, the MCA offers thought-provoking exhibitions by today’s most innovative artists. The collection includes works by Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Jeff Koons, Sol LeWitt, Burce Nauman, Rene Magritte, Ed Pascke, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.


Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago IL 60605
(312) 663-5554

The Museum of Contemporary Photography is a stimulating and innovative forum for the creation, collection, and examination of photographically related images, objects, and ideas. By presenting projects and exhibitions that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the museum promotes a greater understanding of and appreciation for the cultural, social, and political implications of the image in our world today.


Museum of Holography
1134 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 226-1007

This is the only institution in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the holographic art form. Marvel at more than 200 three-dimensional laser-generated images on display.


Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414

One of the Most Popular Museums in the World, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry opened in 1933. It is the oldest science museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere attracts approximately 2 million visitors per year. This museum houses more educational exhibits than you can shake a stick at, and besides being a wealth of knowledge, it is an interesting, exciting, and extremely fun way to spend the day – whether you’re four, forty, or ninety-four years old! If you’re looking for a sure-fire hit for the kids, this is it!

In 2000, nearly 400,000 children in school groups and youth organizations visited the Museum the Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the City of Chicago, and among seven of the most visited museums in the United States.

The one millionth visitor entered the the Museum in 1935, and nearly 160 million visitors have experienced the Museum since its opening in 1933.

The Museum has over 30,000 member households representing nearly 51,000 individuals the Museum has over 300 volunteers.

Museum Facts –

First Museum in North America to develop the idea of hands-on, interactive exhibits.

The largest science museum in a single building in the Western Hemisphere with over 800 exhibits and over 2,000 interactive units located in over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space built in 1893, the Museum building has played a role in two World’s Fairs: The World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and The Century of Progress Exposition in 1933.

Museum Exhibit Highlights –

a WWII captured German submarine on the National Register of Historic Places

A working coal-mine shaft elevator from 1933.

A cantilevered Boeing 727 that visitors can walk through.

A 3,000-square-foot model railroad.

One of the largest in the world exhibits on the brain and computer imaging that have garnered awards from the American Association of Museums.

Whispering gallery – acoustically perfect room.

Baby-chick hatchery – fascinating live display of newborn chicks.

Human heart model – nearly 20-foot-tall walk-through model.

Come down to this world-famous Chicago hotspot and have a great time!


National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum
1801 S. Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
312-326-0270

An unforgettable collection of artwork created by Vietnam Veterans. A display of hundreds of works- many stark, raw and evocative- by those who served. A permanent collection of contemporary art that bears witness to the experience of war.


Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-1062

The Oriental Institute Museum is a showcase of the history, art and archeology of the ancient Near East. Collections focus on the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Turkey. Closed three years for renovation, the Museum has now reopened completely redeisgned Egyptian and Persian Galleries.


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr. @ Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100

Do you worry that your city-based family isn’t getting the outdoorsy knowledge and experiences that it should? Can your kids name the four stages of a butterfly’s life? Or do they understand cell structure, or natural erosion? Do you??

When you and your family visit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem you’ll discover an abundance of hands-on exhibits built to teach and build interest in nature, as well as provide a lot of fun for everyone. But fear not, this isn’t just a day-care center. This Museum has it all – there’s something for everyone.

The state-of-the-art, environmental museum is located on the banks of North Pond in Lincoln Park. The Museum explores the biodiversity of the Midwest through six permanent, interactive exhibitions including Butterfly Haven, City Science, Wilderness Walk, and special traveling exhibitions. Great for everyone, from kids to grandparents! Nature is for everybody.

The museum’s exhibits, programs and activities encourage visitors to take a closer look at their environment and help them connect with science and the natural world.

Admission: Adult $6, Seniors & Students $4, Children $3. Tuesdays are free!


Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL
312-791-6049

Installed in an 800-foot-long gallery located along the lower terraces of Festival Hall at Navy Pier, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows showcases religious windows that reveal the national and ethnic styles of Chicago’s European immigrants and residential windows that display the history of architecture and decorative art styles. These Victorian, Prairie, Modern and Contemporary designs are by prominent local, national and European studios. Originally installed in residential, commercial and religious buildings in the Chicago area, the windows provide a unique insight into Chicago’s cultural, ethnic and artistic history. The collection at Navy Pier is one of the most diverse in existence, including works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and important stained glass studios that have had little previous public exposure.


Spertus Museum / Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
618 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
312-322-1747

The largest Jewish museum between the coasts – invites visitors to encounter the wonder of Jewish history, religion, art and culture through its exhibiton and programs. Of special note are the Zell Holocaust Memorial, the nation’s first museum exhibit about the Holocaust; the ARTIFACT Center, a hands-on archeological experience on a re-creation of a Middle Eastern dig; and a series of changing exhibitions relating to Jewish life.


Swedish American Museum Center
5211 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
773-728-8111

The Swedish American Museum is the center for Swedish and Swedish American activities in Chicago. A permanent exhibit tells the story of the Swedes who built Chicago and changing temporary exhibits highlight famous Swedes or contemporary issues. A Lekstuga (a reconstructed Sweedish country home from ca. 1800) is open to the public, and the Children’s Museum of immigration is under construction.


The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
(312) 922-9410

If you’ve ever wondered how you and the kids could spend a healthy, educational day, look no further! The Field Museum is the perfect spot!

Discover Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found! At the Field Museum, you can get a bug’s-eye view in Underground Adventure, descend into an Egyptian Tomb, watch a glowing lava flow, be dazzled by sparkling gems, come nose-to-nose with the man-eating lions of Tsavo, and learn about the worlds cultures and environments.

Daily 9am-5pm. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Adults $8, seniors, children (3-11) and students with ID $4. Free admission on Wed.


The Peace Museum
314 W. Institute Place
Chicago, IL 60610
312-440-1860

Founded in 1981, The Peace Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to promoting the cause of peace. Among the artifacts are a guitar of John Lennon’s received as a gift from Yoko Ono, original manuscripts written by Bono of the band U2 and many more rare photos, original paintings, sculptures, drawings and posters.


Ukrainian National Museum
721 N. Oakley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 421-8020

Easter eggs, necklaces made from beads, and dolls and mannequins in costumes from 26 different Ukrainian regions. The Ukrainian National Museum is an interesting stop to any visit to Chicago, and one that won’t be found anywhere else in the country.


Vietnam War Museum
954 W. Carmen
Chicago, IL 60640
773-728-6111

The Vietnam War Museum was founded 16 years ago by Joseph E. Hertel and strives to honor those men and women who served in this conflict. Many artifacts, artforms and other memorabilia provide an accurate accounting of this period in American History.