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  • Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

    1. Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

    South Loop | Museum/Gallery

    Taking you on a journey through the stars to unlock the mysteries of our galaxy and beyond, the Adler tells amazing stories of space exploration...Read More

    Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  • Art Institute of Chicago

    2. Art Institute of Chicago

    Loop | Museum/Gallery

    Come for the sterling collection of old masters and impressionists (an entire room is dedicated to Monet); linger over the extraordinary and...Read More

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  • 3. Chicago Children's Museum

    Near North | Museum/Gallery

    Hands-on is the operative concept at this brightly colored Navy Pier anchor. Kids can tinker with tools, climb through multilevel tunnels and...Read More

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  • 4. Chicago History Museum

    Lincoln Park | Museum/Gallery

    Seeking to bring Chicago's often complicated history to life, this museum has several strong permanent exhibits, including "Chicago: Crossroads...Read More

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  • 5. DuSable Museum of African American History

    Hyde Park | Museum/Gallery

    Sitting alongside the lagoons of Washington Park, the DuSable Museum offers an evocative exploration of the African American experience. The...Read More

  • 6. Farnsworth House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This 1951 minimalist dwelling by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe sits just down the Fox River from Aurora. Constructed of steel, wood, and travertine...Read More

  • 7. Field Museum

    South Loop | Museum/Gallery

    More than 400,000-square feet of exhibit space fill this gigantic museum, which explores cultures and environments from around the world. Interactive...Read More

  • 8. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

    University Village | Museum/Gallery

    Hull House was the birthplace of social work. Social welfare pioneers and peace advocates Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr started the American...Read More

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    9. Museum of Contemporary Art

    Near North | Museum/Gallery

    A group of art patrons who felt the great Art Institute was unresponsive to modern work founded the MCA in 1967, and it has remained a renegade...Read More

    Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 10. Museum of Science and Industry

    Hyde Park | Museum/Gallery

    The MSI is one of the most-visited sites in Chicago, and for good reason. The sprawling space has 2,000 exhibits on three floors, with new exhibits...Read More

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  • National Museum of Mexican Art

    11. National Museum of Mexican Art

    Pilsen | Museum/Gallery

    The largest Latino museum in the country (and the only Latino one accredited by the American Alliance of Museums) is definitely worth a look...Read More

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  • 12. National Veterans Art Museum

    Far Northwest Side | Museum/Gallery

    Located in Portage Park, this museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting art inspired by combat and created by veterans....Read More

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  • 13. Smart Museum of Art

    Hyde Park | Museum/Gallery

    If you want to see masterpieces but don't want to spend a long day wandering around one of the major art museums, the Smart may be just your...Read More

  • 14. Swedish American Museum Center

    Andersonville | Museum/Gallery

    You don't have to be Swedish to find this tiny and welcoming museum interesting. Permanent displays include trunks immigrants brought with them...Read More

  • 15. Cantigny Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The 500-acre estate of former Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Robert McCormick (1880–1955) has multiple attractions. For starters, there...Read More

  • 16. Clarke House Museum

    Prairie Avenue | Museum/Gallery

    This Greek Revival structure dates from 1836, making it Chicago's oldest surviving building. It's a clapboard house in a masonry city, built...Read More

  • 17. Driehaus Museum

    River North | Museum/Gallery

    Curious about how the wealthy built their urban palaces during America's Gilded Age? Steps away from the Magnificent Mile, the former Samuel...Read More

  • 18. Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

    Museum/Gallery

    Part of the literary legacy of Oak Park, this three-story, turreted Queen Anne Victorian, which stands in frilly contrast to the many streamlined...Read More

  • 19. Ernest Hemingway Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    How did the author's first 20 years in Oak Park affect his later work? Check out the exhibits and videos here to find out. Don't miss his first...Read More

  • 20. Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

    Educational Institution

    In the 1970s a group of neo-Nazis planned a march in the predominantly Jewish suburb of Skokie, and local Holocaust survivors reacted by creating...Read More

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