Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art
The MCA claims to be the largest contemporary-art museum in the country, emphasizing experimentation in a variety of media -- painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, dance, music, and performance. 220 E. Chicago Ave.
312-280-2660
 
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Ensconced in a ground-floor space at Columbia College -- a progressive arts- and media-oriented institution that boasts the country's largest undergraduate film department and a highly respected photography department – the Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibits, collects, and promotes modern photography.
600 S. Michigan Ave
312-344-7104
 
Come for the country’s best collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. (See an entire room dedicated to Monet.) Linger over the comprehensive photography collection and the fine American works. Discover painting, drawings, sculpture and design spanning the ancient to contemporary world.
 
Visit the planetarium that brought star-gazing to a new level for city’s across America.  Older children enjoy the interactive science exhibits and the high-tech Sky Pavilion, while younger visitors get hands-on experience with the cultural exhibits.
 
Since the Chicago Children's Museum moved to Navy Pier in 1996, it has become one of the most popular cultural attractions in the city.
700 E. Grand Ave
312-527-1000

Graue Mill and Museum
Enjoy 175 years of history at Graue Mill and Museum.  This mill was the first to grind grain and is the only operating waterwheel gristmill in Illinois.
 
Built into the rise of an ancient sand dune -- once the shoreline of Lake Michigan -- Chicago's newest museum bills itself as "an environmental museum for the 21st century."
2430 N Cannon Dr
773-755-5100

The Museum of Science and Industry has something for the child in everyone.  With some 2,000 exhibits, a comprehensive visit to this massive interactive museum can take all day.
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Hyde Park
773-684-1414

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