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Chicago Field Museum
Chicago Field Museum

No Chicago trip is complete without visiting it's fine museums.

No trip to Chicago is complete without visiting its fine museums. First on your list should be the Field Museum of Natural History, located at Museum Campus just south of Grant Park. The Field Museum features "Sue", the world's largest, most complete, and best-preserved T-Rex. Museum Campus is also the site for the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium. Also on your list of "must-sees" is Chicago's south-side Museum of Science and Industry, which is the oldest science museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most visited museums in the world. And on Michigan Avenue, where Adams Street ends, is the Art Institute with its famous lions adorning the front entrance.

Chicago is a city rich in ethnic diversity, further evidenced by its museums. We have the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Spertus Museum of Judaica, the Oriental Institute Museum and the Swedish American Museum Center, just to name a few.

Children will find learning fun at the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier and the Kohl Children's Museum located in Wilmette, just north of the city.

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum Chicago

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

If you plan to visit a number of museums during your stay in Chicago, you may want to purchase a Go Chicago Card. This card includes admission to some of Chicago's most popular attractions for one low price.

There's also more specific options that are exclusively available on Chicago Traveler such as the Best of the City pass that will give you a 28% discount on admission to the Adler Planetarium, HoHo, and SkyDeck!

Also, be sure to see our Attractions Discount Card Comparison or our list of the Most Popular Museum Exhibits for more information.


Map of Chicago's Most Popular Museums

Most Popular Museum Exhibits

Chicago Museums

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
Cernan Earth and Space Center
Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago History Museum
DuSable Museum-African-American History
Evanston Art Center
Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center
Illinois Holocaust Museum
Illinois Railway Museum
Kohl Children's Museum
Latvian Folk Art Museum
Lederman Science Center
Loyola University Museum of Art
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Morton Aboretum
Museum of Broadcast Communications
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Museums in Chicago

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Other Chicago Museums

American Bar Association Museum of Law

Closed at this time.

Charles Gates Dawes House

225 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL 60201

847.475.3410, email:

Visit the magnificient Chateauesque mansion of the man who rose higher in politics than any other Chicagoan -- U.S. Vice President, World War I Brigadier General and Nobel Laureate Charles Gates Dawes. This faithfully restored National Historic Landmark was Dawes valued private retreat from 1909 until his death in 1951. The house has been restored to the 1920s era, the period of Dawes' greatest international contributions and is enhanced by the family's original furnishings.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago Architecture Foundation

DuPage Children's Museum

301 N. Washington St., Naperville, Il 60540

Edgewater Historical Society

5358 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60640


Open currently on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4pm. Special visitor hours may be made by phoning the museum or emailing them through their website. The memories of the old and World-renowned Edgewater Beach Hotel is exhibited in the Museum. Their organization specializes in preservation; oral histories; photos of the community; education of the children through classes, slide shows, DVDs and lectures; and reaching out to the aging by bringing these to their retirement complexes. They hold fundraisers, house tours, neighborhood walking tours, classes, speakers and authors, exhibits and displays. They display and preserve the archives of some organizations and individuals of the community.

Elgin Public Museum

Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd, Elgin, IL 60120

.847.741.6655, email:

The Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology is the oldest structure in the State of Illinois that was originally constructed to house a museum and still serves that purpose today.

Glessner House Museum

1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

Henry Hobson Richardson's Glessner House was completed in 1887, a year after the architect's untimely death. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped reform domestic architecture.

Illinois State Museum

International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60610

312.642.6502, email:

The International Museum of Surgical Science proudly presents an innovative new version of OUR BODY The Universe Within. Unlike any prior anatomical exhibition, OUR BODY at IMSS integrates preserved whole-body and organ specimens with artifacts from the Museum's permanent collection to showcase both the complexity of the human body and the ingenuity of modern and historical medical technologies. This joint exhibition also illustrates the process of anatomical study from early dissection and atlases to the revolutionary progress of polymer impregnation, which has made display of these specimens possible on its current scale.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

312.243.9088, email:

Chicago Field Museum Main Hall

Chicago Field Museum Main Hall

Founded in 1991 by a group of Chicago artists, collectors, art dealers and business professionals, Intuit promotes public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of intuitive and outsider art through a program of education and exhibitions. Intuit recognizes the creative work of individuals who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and seem motivated by their unique personal visions.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

800 South Halsted, Chicago, IL, 60607

312.413.5358, email:

An orientation film, informative docent lead tours and engaging exhibits tell the story of 20th century progressive reform. Jane Addams and the residents of Hull-House created opportunities for civic discourse and dialogue, advocated for public health, fair labor practices, full citizenship rights for immigrants, public education, recreational and public space, public arts, and free speech. The Museum is located in two beautiful National Historic Landmark buildings of the original Hull-House complex at the original Hull-House site. The Museum continues the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement.

Leather Archives & Museum

6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

773.761.9200, email:

The compilation, preservation and maintenance of leather lifestyle and related lifestyles including but not limited to the Gay and Lesbian communities, history, archives and memorabilia for historical, educational and research purposes.

Museum of Holography/Chicago

The Holograhic Center- The World's Most Complete Facility for Display and Sale of Artistic and Scientific Holography, Holographic Instruction and Production of Commercial Holograms. A teaching and research facility specifically dedicated to displaying, promoting, and encouraging the advancement of holography.

McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Drive


Located inside a historic five-story tower on the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the museum reveals the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Chicago River. The climb to the top is rewarded with unrivaled views of the river.

Midwest Museum of Natural History

425 West State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178

phone: 815.895.9777, email:

The MMNH is for all ages! We have an amazing zoology collection from Africa and North America, an urban wldlife observation center, Rotary Nature Theater, and a discovery Den--a hands-on area designed to inspire creative play. Plus the museum is home to a unique collection of live reptiles and invertebrates!

The Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences

or Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Fullerton Parkway & Cannon Drive.

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

1431 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607

312.226.5566, email:

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) is a museum and educational institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage, culture and history of Italian Americans who have made significant contributions to sports and society. the NIASHF was founded on the values of Family, Friends, Faith and Community.

The Peace Museum

The Peace Museum is actively dedicated to exploring creative, nonviolent solutions to social issues through education, community involvement, and exhibitions chronicling local, national and international efforts to attain peace.

Pritzker Military Library

104 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60611

312.374.9333, email:

Admission is $5. Wednesday and Thursday 11am - 7pm; Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm

Non-partisan library with an extensive collection of books, videos, uniforms, medals, vintage posters and paintings related to American military history.

Richard H. Driehaus Museum

40 E. Erie Street, Chicago, 60611

The Driehaus Museum is housed in the historic Samuel Mayo Nickerson Mansion, built from 1879 to 1883. Steeped in history, the Nickerson Mansion survives today as one of Chicago's most extraordinary historic homes. The Museum is a showcase for late nineteenth and early twentieth century art and design, displayed against the magnificent backdrop of the newly restored Nickerson Mansion. Original objects and interiors of the house are complemented by period objects from the Driehaus Collection, including significant works by preeminent decorative designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, along with European and American oil paintings, classical sculptures and beautifully crafted art furniture.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

2320 West Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622


Hours: W, Th, Sa & Su, 12 - 4pm

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) was founded in 1971 by Dr. Achilles Chreptowsky in the heart of Chicago's Ukrainian Village at 2320 W Chicago Avenue. Three storefronts were transformed into a viable musem serving the local community and the greater Chicago area with an ongoing program of cultural exhibitions, literary events, film screenings and music recitals.