While the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, and the Art Institute are the biggest names when it comes to museums in Chicago, the possibility for discovery in the Windy City is massive. Venture out from the Loop for a unique Chicago experience that will make you feel as if you’re the one making the discoveries.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art has an incredibly large collection of pieces from the post-World War II era. It also commonly has showings from internationally famous or up-and-coming artists, as well as pop culture icons. It’s incredibly affordable at $12 for general admission and a mere $7 for students and seniors.
Chicago History Museum
The Chicago History Museum is probably THE most underrated museum on the list. They constantly have special showcases, and it’s a great way to learn about the city. They have so many artifacts and so much information that you could spend an entire day walking through this museum and still feel like you have more to discover. They claim to have around 20 million items! Getting in is around the same price as the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
This is your chance to see history still standing. There are a handful of different locations that correspond with various touring opportunities. You’ll experience organic architecture first-hand from one of Chicago’s most famous residents along with a number of amazing artifacts.
DuSable Museum of African American History
With incredibly reasonable admission prices and a rich history, the DuSable Museum, over 50 years old, houses an enormous collection of over 13,000 African American historical items.
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
Head on over to Little Italy and eat some of Chicago’s finest foods, then check out the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, which honors some of the best athletes in American sports. This place also has a reception room that serves food and hosts events. It covers all the major sports, including hockey, baseball, basketball, football, and boxing, among many others.
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
This museum was created in response to the Neo-Nazi party’s attempt to march through and protest in Skokie, a largely Jewish neighborhood where many of the survivors of this horrific event live and work. It is hugely impressive in terms of its memorial and educational value, and its breathtaking architecture and solemn atmosphere can make for a riveting afternoon.
This one is a silly little spot that very few know exists. In the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Money Museum is a completely free feature that only requires you to pass through a metal detector and show ID. You can get your picture taken in front of a million dollars, and take a trip down capitalist memory lane!