Best Museums In Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

One of the city's most famous cultural buildings – thanks to the iconic pair of bronze lions that flank the grand staircase leading up to the entrance.

The Field Museum

Originally established to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Shedd Aquarium

Anchoring the aquatic offerings at this Chicago institution are enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon.

Adler Planetarium

The first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere is one of the city's most popular attractions.

Museum of Science and Industry

Packed with exhibits that allow you to step inside a simulated tornado or navigate a maze lined with mirrors.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Among the largest institutions in the world dedicated to art created post-1950, the Museum of Contemporary Art is best known for hosting major touring exhibitions.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust, this 65,000-square-foot museum.

Chicago History Museum

Formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society, this vibrant museum remembers the past through exhibitions.

Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, IL

On any given day at the Chicago Cultural Center, you might find a free classical concert being performed.

Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, West Asia & North Africa

For more than 100 years, the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, West Asia & North Africa.

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