Museums in Chicago

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Museum of Science and Industry

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At The Museum of Science and Industry you can explore many exhibits about machinery and health, from touring a U-505 German submarine, walking through a "heart," going deep into a coal mine, or watching a movie at the Omnimax Theater. City museum passes are available for this location.

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address:5700 S Lake Shore Drive
tel:(773) 684-1414

Shedd Aquarium

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This is the world's largest indoor aquarium, featuring exhibits of ecosystems from all over the world including coral reefs, the Amazon rainforest, and Pacific Northwest. It contains over 650 species of seahorses and 25 sharks. City museum passes are available for this location.

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address:1200 S Lake Shore Drive
tel:(312) 939-2438

Clarke House Museum

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The Clarke House, built in 1836, is Chicago's oldest surviving building. It's really the only place in Chicago to see how an early Chicago family lived. The furnishings and wallpaper are from the period. An informative time-line display in the basement tells how the histories of the house and city are intertwined.

The restored Greek Revival home is also famous for having been moved three times from its original location on Michigan Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets. When the city moved it back to its current location near the original site in 1977, the Clarke house more..

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tel:312 745-0040
openingHours:Tours at 1 and 2 PM
address:1827 S. Indiana Ave

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

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This museum is located in Chicago's Pilsen/Little Village area, a strongly Mexican community. It exhibits traditional and contemporary Mexican art in various mediums. Head over to this museum around the Day of the Dead to purchase sugar skulls decorated right in front of you.

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address:1852 W 19th St
tel:(312) 738-1503

Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute, which comprises both a museum and a school, found its permanent home on Michigan Avenue in 1893. The original, core beaux-arts building, designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, was built for the World's Columbian Exposition. The museum houses more than 300,000 works of art within its 10 curatorial departments. Among its great treasures are the legendary masterpieces A Sunday Afternoon on La Grand Jatte--1884 by Georges Seurat, American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, and 33 paintings by Claude Monet.

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address:The 111 South Michigan Avenue
openinghours:Weekdays from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm, Weekends from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
url:www.artic.edu

Field Museum

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This museum includes three levels of exhibits, featuring a popular multi-level Egyptology section (highly recommended) and MANY other permanent and rotating exhibits.  The Field Museum is famous for housing the largest and most complete skeleton of a T. Rex ever found, dubbed Sue. 

The Museum was founded in 1893 and, in 1921, moved to it's current location on the Museum Campus, right next to the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium in the southern part of downtown Chicago.  Soldier Field is also in this area, so please note if there are any more..

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zipcode:60605
url:www.fieldmuseum.org
address:1400 S. Lake Shore Dr
tel:(312) 922-9410

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Gallery

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It is the first African American Labor History Museum in Chicago. Phone: +1-312-928-3029, Hours: Admission: $2.

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address:10406 S. Maryland Avenue
openinghours:Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & alternate Saturday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Adler Planetarium

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The oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, it is renowned for its fine collection of historic astronomical instruments and its splendid sky shows. Admission: Free Tuesday; Adults: $3, Children (4-17) $2; Seniors $2; Sky Show $2;

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address:1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
openinghours:Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Fridays till 9pm, and weekends till 6pm

Museum of Contemporary Art

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The MCA is one of the nation's largest modern art museums, featuring work created since 1945 by artists like Franz Kline, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

Admission for adults is $10, seniors and students with ID $6, and children under 12 are free. Admission on Tuesdays is free from 5-8 pm.

Attend "First Fridays," a festivity from 6-10 pm on the first Friday of every month.

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address:220 E Chicago Ave
tel:(312) 280-2660

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