Art Museums/Galleries in Chicago

Chicago may not come to mind as an arts leader, but the truth is there is a plethora of art museums and galleries that span cultures, styles, and genres from local artists to world-renowned artists. The most well known museum in the city is the Art Institute of Chicago, known for its' impressive Impressionist collection and its' stellar new modern wing. Downtown it is also worth stopping by the Museum of Contemporary Art, especially for the superb performance series. On the same level, visit the world-renowned National Museum of Contemporary Art in Pilsen. This free museum does an outstanding job of showcasing a vibrant culture of Chicago. For another cultural art museum, head south to Hyde Park to visit the Dusable Museum of African-American History. In the same neighborhood, marvel at the Near East art collections at the Oriental Institute Museum, particularly the Egyptian Gallery. Also, in the neighborhood is the small, but impressive Smart Museum, which holds art ranging from the classical period to present. For something a little different, visit the Museum of Contemporary Photography, view "outsider art" at The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, view young talent at Gallery 37, and view works by local artists at the Hyde Park Arts Center.

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Art Institute of Chicago

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111 S. Michigan Ave
At Adams St

Global Art Leader... read more

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

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220 E. Chicago Ave
1 block east of Michigan Ave

World Class Modern Art Collection... read more

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National Museum of Mexican Art

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1852 W. 19th St
A few blocks west of Ashland Ave

Vibrant Culture... read more

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DuSable Museum of African-American History

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740 E. 56th Place

History, Art & Memorabilia... read more

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Oriental Institute Museum

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1155 E. 58th St
At University Ave

Discover the Ancient Near East... read more

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The Smart Museum of Art

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5550 S. Greenwood Ave
At E. 55th St

Art lovers secret on the southside... read more

Museum of Contemporary Photography

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600 S. Michigan Ave
Columbia College

Intriguing Images Captured on Film... read more

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

756 N. Milwaukee Ave
At Chicago and Ogden aves

Amazing Outsider Art... read more

Gallery 37 Retail Store

66 East Randolph Street
Gallery 37 Center for the Arts

Discover Exciting Art... read more

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 South Cornell Avenue

Hydden Visual Art Talent... read more
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