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Chicago's Best Museums and Galleries

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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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111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Wow. The last time I was here was on a high school field trip 35 years ago, and the museum has definitely grown. What an amazing collection—I could have spent days here, but I only had two hours. I followed the museum's suggested top 10, and...
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1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
The Field Museum is a must-see for anyone who could be interested in just about anything. Choose a topic, and chances are you could learn about it here. The dinosaur skeletons are truly spectacular.
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141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
For their roving, event-based Volume Gallery, Claire Warner and Sam Vintz pluck contemporary American designers like Thaddeus Wolf and Rich Brilliant Willing and set up short-run installations at galleries all over Chicago. One of Chicago’s own,...
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1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
It’s difficult to design a museum suitable for both kids and adults, but Adler makes it look easy. Children will love the area known as Planet Explorers, where they can play astronaut with space rovers and rocket-launch simulators, peer...
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5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Anyone who's into model trains should visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Originally opened in 1941, The Great Train Story was the largest model train of its day. After being briefly shuttered in 2002 for extensive additions, this...
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220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Not only does the Museum of Contemporary Art have great exhibitions on local and renowned artists, but the interior architecture of the museum itself is also an attraction. They also provide unusual events and tours—curator-led tours, musicians on...
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740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
This amazing museum nestled on Chicago's South side, was named after the founder of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, an Afro-Frenchman. Founded in 1961 by Dr. Margaret Burroughs, visitors will be able to explore, understand and be inspired...
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951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright built 700+ houses all over this nation but he lived and worked in Oak Park, just a 45 minute train ride from the city center of Chicago. His house and studio are now a museum with guided tours that let you see the playroom he...
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2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Constructed way back in 1890, the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens in downtown Chicago boasts a mind-boggling array of exotic plants and flowers. The conservatory is home to four different display...
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
Chicago's art scene is often overshadowed by the ever-increasing foodie scene but the Windy City offers just as much contemporary and historical art as pizzas and gourmet doughnuts. The Chicago Cultural Center is one of my favorite art-focused...
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111 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a must see if you are an architecture fanatic or just love the Chicago skyline. The CAF has a great shop inside the Historic Santa Fe Building in downtown Chicago. They sell informative books about...
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1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
The Chicago History Museum examines Chicago’s local history as well as its position in the larger scope of American history. The engaging exhibits cover a wide range of subjects such as Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency, the first locomotive...
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600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography occupies a small compact space with gorgeously designed photography exhibits on three floors. The current exhibit, called Dandy Lion, explores black masculine identity in photographs of sharply...