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Museum of Science
and Industry

57th & Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637 · (773)684-1414

Since 1933, this enormous museum has been dedicated to educating the public about science and technology. From the coal mine exhibit with a working elevator to the captured German World War II submarine, the museum’s collections and hands-on exhibits seem almost endless.

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The Art Institute
of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603 · (312)443-3600

The Art Institute consistently ranks among Chicago’s most-visited museums. From French Impressionist paintings to African masks to the new wing for Modern Art, the museum offers visitors a rich cultural experience.

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Museum of
Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611 · (312)280-2660

Chicago’s contemporary art center explores, exhibits, and collects art created since 1945. They’re dedicated to allowing the public “to directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.”

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The Field Museum
of Natural History

1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 · (312)738-1503

The Field Museum is probably best known for its dinosaur displays, but it also has a rich and deep dedication to “the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures.” It currently holds, conserves and studies more than 20 million objects, a collection which grew from holdings received after the Columbian Exposition of 1893.

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The Notebaert
Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614 · (773)755-5100

The Nature Museum is devoted to “inspiring people to learn about and care for nature and the environment.” The museum works in conjunction with the collections and scientists of the Chicago Academy of Sciences to create exhibits, programs and more. The museum also features a live butterfly exhibit.

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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 · (312)922-STAR

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, founded in 1930, is America’s first and oldest planetarium. It now houses two star-gazing theaters, a unique collection of antique instruments, extensive exhibit space and many hands-on exhibits. It also offers a wonderful view of the city’s skyline.

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The Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 · (312)939-2438

The Shedd is dedicated to “engaging, inspiring, entertaining and informing” the public about the life in our oceans and waterways. They feature an Oceanarium, Wild Reef exhibit, Amazon River exhibit and they pride themselves on their dedication to conservation and the protection of wildlife habitats.

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The Chicago
History Museum

1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614 · (312)642-4600

The Chicago History Museum exhibits artifacts from the depth of their 22 million item collection and from the breadth of the city’s history. From the Chicago Bulls to the Great Chicago Fire, the museum covers it all and offers contexts and exhibits to make Chicago’s history relevant to our lives today.

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DuSable Museum of
African American History

740 East 56th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 · (773)947-0600

The DuSable Museum of African American History, the first and oldest institution of its kind in the country, has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent for more than 46 years.

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National Museum of
Mexican Art

1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608 · (312)738-1503

The National Museum of Mexican Art is dedicated to stimulating and preserving knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture. It is one of the largest collections of Latino art in the nation, and it has also received accreditation from the American Association of Museums.