Every tourist knows about the Art Institute, The Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. But there are a lot of other, smaller museums that even some locals don't know about! If you're visiting Chicago or if you're spending a weekend playing tourist, this is the list for you.
Are you a TV freak? if you like old media (TV or Radio) this is the museum for you.
Columbia College hosts this small museum of modern photography. It's free, gorgeous and a great place to spend an hour.
Chicago's first settlement house, a bastion of progressive organizing in the late 19th century and the host of hundreds of meetings, protests, labor unions and other social justice gatherings. Now a great museum.
A beautiful collection of Mexican art down in Pilsen. Especially known for their annual Day of the Dead exhibit.
A beautiful tour through two of Chicago's oldest houses.
A wonderful old museum located at the University of Chicago. Don't be fooled by the name - they mean Oriental in the old sense - the museum is focused on the Near East and Egypt, and has one of the best collection in the world.
The oldest museum of African-American history in America. Celebrates Chicago's founder, as well as the many black scholars, artists, academics, activists and other change-makers who came from our city. Definitely worth a visit.
Small, free art museum on the campus of the University of Chicago.
Tours, exhibits, a great store and a huge scale model of the city - this free museum has something for everyone.
Many people miss this small, free exhibit in Navy Pier, but it's worth a stop. A huge, fascinating collection of stained glass windows, displayed in a cool, dark gallery.
A lovely small art museum on the campus of DePaul University.