Chicago's Best Museums and Galleries
Chicago has museums and galleries to suit every visitor’s taste. Parents with children can spend an active educational afternoon at the Adler Planetarium, building spaceships and learning about constellations. Another of Chicago's best museums is the Field Museum, where hides of the famous man-eating lions of Tsavo are on display. Visitors who like being outside will enjoy a walking tour of Frank Lloyd Wright–designed houses; his own home has also been turned into a Chicago museum.

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Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

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The interior architecture of Chicago’s MCA building is worth the price of admission. Four floors of exhibit halls branch off the central staircase pictured above, and the East and West facing glass walls have unparalleled views over Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago.

As for the art, the permanent collections include pieces from 1945 to the present and feature many Chicago artists. The museum isn’t that large and can easily be seen in an hour and a half. Illinois residents always get in free on Tuesdays when the museum stays open late, and it’s closed on Mondays.

Contemporary art isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy any museum that collects work from living artists and I give this MCA extra points for free daily tours.

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