Chicago’s museums and cultural venues reflect the peculiar history of the city which, from the late 19th century, progressively evolved from a “materialistic” metropolis devoted primarily to commerce into one of the most lively and cosmopolitan cultural centers in the United States. Most of Chicago’s museums, cultural venues, and art schools are located in two areas, both facing the Lake Michigan: that extending, from north to south, from Lincoln Park to Millenium Park in Central Chicago and the Hyde Park neighborhood on the city’s South Side. The many cultural institutions of Chicago – including the famous Art Institute, the second largest art museum in the U.S – provide a diverse program of events of art, design, architecture, and science; including major exhibitions, and world-renowned festivals such as the new Chicago Architecture Biennial.
museums in Chicago
Chicago - 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
closed: open daily except Christmas Day
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, (also known as The Field) is one of the most important science museums in the world.
Chicago - 220 E Chicago Avenue
closed: Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, also known as MCA, is a renowned institution on Chicago's Magnificent Mile focused on new and experimental art
Chicago - 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
closed: open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, on a surface of 400,000 square feet, is one of the largest science and technology museums in the world.
Chicago - 111 South Michigan Avenue
closed: Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
The Art Institute of Chicago is an art museum, the second largest in the U.S., which conserves and displays an encyclopedic collection spanning 5,000 years
archive of exhibitions, news, and events in Chicago
The 2019 edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled “...and other such stories”, will take place from September 19, 2019, through January 5, 2020.
Entitled “Make new History”, the second edition of CAB - Chicago Architecture Biennial takes place from September 16, 2017, through January 7, 2018.
From February 11, 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the immersive exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time
MCA Chicago unveiled the team that will reimagine the MCA's public spaces as part of a major redesign of the museum's home by Johnston Marklee architects
The steel and bent plywood pavilion designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio in 2009 for the celebrations of the centennial of the Burnham Plan of Chicago
The Burnham Pavilion in Chicago, designed by Zaha Hadid in 2009 to celebrate Burnham's Plan, was a temporary venue made in aluminum and tensile fabric
All about the first edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial running until 3 January, 2016, with a program summary, installation views and our custom map
Jessica Lang joined Steven Holl in the project Tesseracts of Time A Dance for Architecture, commissioned by Harris Theatre and Chicago Architecture Biennial
Rhode Island based firm Ultramoderne is the winner of the BP Prize for the design of a kiosk to be installed on the Lake Michigan waterfront in Chicago
George Lucas will soon be the initiator of a new spectacular museum dedicated to narrative art. The LMNA design by MAD architects has just been unveiled
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