Have a free afternoon? Learn a little something about art, history, or science by visiting one of these museums.
A fun and information-packed tour provides insight into Wright's designs.
The brand new museum explores Greek mythology, history, and culture in special exhibits and permanent shows.
The Cultural Center often brings in small but powerful art shows and hosts dynamic musical performances.
A small, but powerful museum. The rotating shows highlight work by both up-and-coming and well-known artists.
Visit during the monthly after hours event for shows, food and drink, and a chance to look up at the observatory.
There's so much to see here, you could easily spend an entire weekend exploring the dinosaur bones, rocks, and special exhibits.
The museum has daily free admission and a strong collection of prints, paintings, folk art, and photography from all over Mexico.
The special exhibitions are always worth a visit, and the Museum pays special attention to artists with Chicago ties. Plus there are outdoor events in the summer and a sculpture garden and farmers market.
A fun museum dedicated to our city's history, recent exhibits have explored Jewish and LGBT history, as well as Abraham Lincoln's connections to Chicago.
Science nerds of all ages will appreciate the museum, which explores everything from transportation to the human body.
The museum covers African American history overall, but a special emphasis on Illinois means exhibits like "A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story," which provide interesting insight into Chicago history.
The collection focuses on Asian, European, and American contemporary and modern art and recent special exhibits included the blockbuster Feast show, about food and community.
There's a lot here to appeal to kids, including a backyard creatures exhibit, but adults will appreciate a visit to the butterfly haven.
The Block is worth a trip up to Evanston—a strong collection plus regular film events mean there's always something to see.
One of my favorite places to spend an afternoon—visit the Thorne Rooms, check out the Chagall windows, and tour the new classical galleries.
Housed in a beautiful new space, the Museum has free admission and a rotating selection of shows that focus on international art.