5 Chicago Museums You Should Visit Every Year

Posted by Leo Clark. on Sunday, July 8th, 2018 at 2:47pm.

Chicago is filled with world-class museums that are visited by thousands of local residents and tourists each and every year. For those of us living here full-time, it’s easy to take for granted the wealth of knowledge we have at our disposal and not make time to see the unique and mind-blowing exhibits that go on display on a routine basis here in our great city; but if you’re like us and regularly keep up with what’s happening at some of downtown’s most renowned museums, you already know just how quickly various exhibitions and displays can come and go. So if you’re lucky enough to live in downtown Chicago, do yourself, and our city, a favor and support our local culture scene by making sure you pay a visit to these 5 Chicago museums at least once a year:

Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Location: 200 E. Chicago Avenue
  • Hours: Monday: Closed; Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE; Wednesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Current Exhibitions     

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The Art Institute of Chicago

  • Location: 111 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Hours: Monday–Wednesday, 10:30–5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; The Art Institute is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • Current Exhibitions 

Shedd Aquarium

  • Location: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
  • Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day Hours (Summer) - Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Labor Day to Memorial Day Hours (Winter)  - Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Weekends and Holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Current Exhibitions

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Notebaert Nature Museum

  • Location: 2430 N. Cannon Drive
  • Hours: Monday through Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open every day except the first Friday in May, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Current Exhibitions 


The Field Museum of National History

  • Location: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
  • Hours: Open every day except Christmas. 9am-5pm
  • Current Exhibitions

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