Top 5 Chicago Museums

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Chicago is a very culturally diverse city. You can travel the world without leaving the city, metaphorically of course. Chicago’s museums are extremely rich in tradition; they are among the best in the world. Below are five amazing museums in Chicago that are consistently the most visited. My biggest piece of advice; avoid free days.

1 The Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium’s dedicated to “engaging, inspiring, entertaining and informing” patrons about all the life under the seas, oceans and all other waterways. Although they have many attractions, ranging from the Wild Reef to the Amazon River exhibits, the main selling point will always be the dolphin show.
1200 S Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 939-2438

2 Museum of Science & Industry

This behemoth of a museum has been around since 1933, educating the public about all things science and technology. It is a very valuable experience, I went when the Human Body exhibit was around and it was mind-blowing. Even though the Body exhibit is now gone, the Museum has an almost endless amount of exhibits, some even hands-on.
57th & Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60603 (773) 684-1414

3 The Art Institute

Consistently one of the most visited Chicago museums, The Art Institute has everything from French Impressionist Paintings to Modern Art. This is definitely one of the most creative cultural experiences you will ever have in a museum.
111 S Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 443-3600

4 Chicago History Museum

Derived and curated from the city’s history, the Chicago History museum has a 22 million item collection that forms the soul of this city. Formerly the Chicago Historical Society, the museum covers everything from the beloved Bulls to the Great Chicago Fire. It truly gives the public a wealth of information, while keeping it relevant to life today.
1601 N Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 642-4600

5 DuSable Museum

DuSable is the nation’s oldest museum that’s wholly dedicated to the documentation of the African American experience. They explore, dig deep and celebrate the history of African Americans.
740 East 56th Street Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 947-0600
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