David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago IL 60637
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.
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago IL 60601
Ongoing exhibits of artwork by Chicago youth. 5th Floor Galleries are free. The Gallery 37 Store sells original artwork by Chicago youth. Mon. – Fri. 10am-6pm.
Illinois Art Gallery
100 W. Randolph, Ste. 2-100
Chicago IL 60601
Illinois State Museum, featuring Chicago art and artists. Located at the James R. Thompson Center.
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
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.
Terra Museum of American Art
664 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago IL 60611
Collections highlight 19th and early 20th century American art. Selections from the collections and special exhibitions are on view throughout the year. Tues. 10am-8pm; Wed., Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. noon-5pm. $7 adults, $3.50 seniors. Admission is free on Tuesday and the first Sunday of the month and at all times to teachers, students, veterans and children under 14.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
(Michigan & Adams)
Chicago IL 60603
One of the world’s finest art collections dating from 3,000 B.C. through the 1990s. Famous French Impressionist paintings and drawings, plus fine and decorative arts from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America; photography, textiles and architectural works. Dine in our elegant Restaurant on the Park, in our Garden Restaurant amidst the trees and sculpture fountain June through September, or in our Court Cafeteria. Find unique gifts in the Museum Shop. Mon., Wed.- Fri. 10:30am-4:30pm; Tues. 10:30am-8pm; Sat.- Sun. 10am-5pm. Suggested admissions: adults, $10; children (5 and older), students and seniors, $6. Tuesdays free to all.