Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art
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.