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  • 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

  • 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

    Historic Home

    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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

    Historic Home

    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


    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


    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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