This museum located on the University of Chicago campus houses and interesting collection of Egyptian artifacts and other historical items from mesoptamia.
Admission is free but donations are suggested.
The Terra Museum of American Art is on NorthMichigan Ave. right next to a tourist mecca -- Garrett Popcorn!
The museum is the the result of the philanthropist, Daniel Terra. It makes a nice break from the shopping. It is "free" with a suggested donation.
This marble sculpture is placed on the balcony in from of the gallery housing older Spanish paintings. Despite being well-lit it is hidden "in plain sight" as most people are heading for the Impressionist painters on the other side.
It is by Cristoforo Stati, an Italian who worked in the late 16th to early 17th centuries.
There are very few items from Cambodia in the Art Insititute collection -- so, having visited Cambodia and Angkor Wat recently -- I was happy to find these among the many items from India.
In the lefthand picture the left figure is Angkor period, the right is pre-Angkor. In the righthand picture the Buddha is pictured with the "naga" or serpent that protects him as he mediates.
This is at 18th and Indiana. The fee is $6 and they are open until five or six, When you walk into the lobby, you hear a tinkling sound above your head, which turns out to be dogtags with the names of those who died in Vietnam. It takes your breath away.
I love visiting planetariums (planetaria?) and I took the opportunity of a quick visit to the Adler.
It currently (9/2003) features four different shows (25 -35 minutes each) in the domed Sky and StarRider theatres. Well worth a visit, especially with kids.
Prices are from $13 for admission with 1 show included. Additional shows are $5 each. Children and concessionary prices are available.
Located on the Museum Campus it's well supported by CTA bus, Museum Campus trolley and City of Chicago Free Trolley links.
Housed in Washington Park, near Hyde Park and the Univerisity of Chicago, the DuSable Museum of African American History, open in 1961, was the first of its kind. Permanent exhibits include Black in Aviation, Africa Speaks, an exhibit about the charismatic Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor (1983-87), art exhibits and a way too small display on Chicago's first perminant settler, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a Haitian-French-Canadian trapper who has yet to have his due in city history.
Defintely an interesting place worth visiting, but the museum needs a better organization scheme, displays are a bit haphazard in spots. The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 on Sunday. I'm not sure what admission is (around $5 I imagine) and the museum is free on Sunday.
THE POLISH MUSEUM OF AMERICA is located at 984 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. There is a donation requested ($2). Numerous exhibits, cultural programs, lectures, concerts, etc. and a library with more than 60,000 volumes. Scholars come to research Polish history and culture..as it is one of the largest collections outside Poland. General information at: 3l2.384.3352.
It's not really off the beaten path being located on Michigan Avenue, but the entrance to the Terra Museum of American Art is unassuming and most pedestrians along that stretch are on a shopping venture. They do a great job with the space they have and the exhibits are very well presented.
The Terra Museum is just the right size for a half-day visit. I've seen some great exhibits there on the influence of Japanese prints. Their arts and crafts period collection is very interesting, too.
Don't miss the many museums, they offer things you just can't see anywhere else!
Shedd Aquarium:1200 S. Lake Shore Drive 312-939-2438. Largest indoor aquarium in the world. Explore the fish, sea mammals, coral reef and dolphin show, (which is a learning experience, not sea world.)$8 adults, $6 child.
Museum of Science and Industry:5700 Lake Shore Drive 773-684-1414 (www.msichicago.com) Visit a coal mine, see a OmniMax show, eat a sunday in a reproduction of an old-time ice cream parlor, walk through the inside of a heart, and lots more. This is my favorite museum!
Art Institute: 11 S. Michigan Avenue 312-443-3600 (www.artic.edu/aic/) See the many French Impressionistic, and Post Impressionistic paintings they have on display. Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Caillebotte, Edward Hopper etc. $10 adults / $6 child.
Adler Planetarium: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive 312-922-7827 Visitors can hold real-time conversations with astronauts, and take virtual tours of the International Space Station, and the Milky Way!
Chicago is home to one of the very few museums devoted to black history in the United States. The DuSable Museum of African-American History is located in a beautiful park-like setting on the south side, near the University of Chicago campus. It is named for Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African American from Haiti, who built the first permanent settlement in what became Chicago.
In addition to its 'standard' museum collections, it also functions as a cultural center, hosting performances of theater and dance as well as music, lectures, a film series, readings, workshops, and even arts education classes. The museum's collections are particularly strong in 19th and 20th century art but also include original slave documents and artifacts as well as civil rights memorabilia.
The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is very inexpensive: $3 for adults and $1 for children (free to all on Sundays). It is located at 740 East 56th Place. Phone: 773-947-0600. Check out their website.
You can reach it by taking the Red Line el south to 55th Street (aka Garfield Boulevard). Then pick up a Garfield bus (route #55!) going east and get off at Cottage Grove Avenue -- about a ten-minute ride. Or, if you prefer, a cab from downtown will take about 15 or 20 minutes (and be that much more expensive).
Museum of Science and Industry - we spend there all day as it has 4 floors and there is A LOT what to see, try and discover! It is worth to go especially if you get a rainy day:) It is FREE admission on Thursdays.
Fields museum – very interesting!
Aquarium and Planetarium!
Visit the Field Museum of Natural History. There are reptiles and many other interesting exhibitions.