Best museums in Chicago

Check out the top museums in Chicago, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Shedd Aquarium
1. Shedd Aquarium
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42 local reviews
1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
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+1 312-939-2438
AquariumPoint of interestEstablishment
marva
The most awesome aquarium conveniently located in Chicago Museum Complex near the house. Convenient bike ride …
Liz
Beautiful ornate architecture, sea life collection on museum campus with stunning lake view.
J & S
Chicago's No. 1 cultural attraction! Make in Sheddible connections with 32600 animals, from whales to snails, …
1. Shedd Aquarium
1. Shedd Aquarium
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42 local reviews
1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-939-2438
marva
marva
The most awesome aquarium conveniently located in Chicago Museum Complex near the house. Convenient bike ride along the lake front path from…
Liz
Liz
Beautiful ornate architecture, sea life collection on museum campus with stunning lake view.
J & S
J & S
Chicago's No. 1 cultural attraction! Make in Sheddible connections with 32600 animals, from whales to snails, from the world's fresh and sal…
2. Grant Park
2. Grant Park
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20 local reviews
337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago
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Ruben
Grant Park is a large urban park in the Loop community area of Chicago. Located in Chicago's central business …
Anita
Grant Park’s most notable features include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago …
Grace
Features and Layout of Grant Park 1. Millennium Park 2. Maggie Daley Park. 3. The Skating Ribbon at M…
2. Grant Park
2. Grant Park
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20 local reviews
337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago
Ruben
Ruben
Grant Park is a large urban park in the Loop community area of Chicago. Located in Chicago's central business district, the park's most nota…
Anita
Anita
Grant Park’s most notable features include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.
Grace
Grace
Features and Layout of Grant Park 1. Millennium Park 2. Maggie Daley Park. 3. The Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley. 4. Buckingham …
3. Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
3. Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
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27 local reviews
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-280-2660
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Michelle & Marc
Just off the Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Contemporary Art routinely delivers interesting, thought-provokin…
Ruben
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is a contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago…
Anita
The museum's collection is composed of thousands of objects of Post-World War II visual art. The museum is ru…
3. Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
3. Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
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27 local reviews
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago
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+1 312-280-2660
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
Just off the Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Contemporary Art routinely delivers interesting, thought-provoking experiences. While not the l…
Ruben
Ruben
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is a contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, Uni…
Anita
Anita
The museum's collection is composed of thousands of objects of Post-World War II visual art. The museum is run gallery-style, with individu…
4. Chicago Cultural Center
4. Chicago Cultural Center
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31 local reviews
78 East Washington Street, Chicago
Closed now
(312) 744-6630
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Renee
Part museum with various unique Chicago artifacts. The building used to be a library. But the architecture is …
bobby
A great FREE museum that offers insightful exhibits and takes on Chicago and world culture!
Anne
Always something interesting going on here, often several things at once. Art exhibits, free performances and…
4. Chicago Cultural Center
4. Chicago Cultural Center
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31 local reviews
78 East Washington Street, Chicago
Closed now
(312) 744-6630
Renee
Renee
Part museum with various unique Chicago artifacts. The building used to be a library. But the architecture is stunning. Don't miss the Tiffa…
bobby
bobby
A great FREE museum that offers insightful exhibits and takes on Chicago and world culture!
Anne
Anne
Always something interesting going on here, often several things at once. Art exhibits, free performances and the building itself is worth …
5. The Field Museum
5. The Field Museum
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58 local reviews
1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-922-9410
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Tony
Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition…
Christian
The Field Museum of Natural History, also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago a…
Anthony
Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition…
5. The Field Museum
5. The Field Museum
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58 local reviews
1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-922-9410
Tony
Tony
Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural…
Christian
Christian
The Field Museum of Natural History, also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago and is one of the largest such …
Anthony
Anthony
Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural…
6. Chicago Children's Museum
6. Chicago Children's Museum
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6 local reviews
700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
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+1 312-527-1000
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Guy
Within Navy Pier, this museum offers unique hands-on experiences for children of all ages.
Grace
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to improve children's lives by creating a community where play and lear…
Reem
Great place for kids to hang around
6. Chicago Children's Museum
6. Chicago Children's Museum
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6 local reviews
700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Open now
+1 312-527-1000
Guy
Guy
Within Navy Pier, this museum offers unique hands-on experiences for children of all ages.
Grace
Grace
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to improve children's lives by creating a community where play and learning connect.
Reem
Reem
Great place for kids to hang around
7. Chicago History Museum
7. Chicago History Museum
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25 local reviews
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-642-4600
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Todd
My favorite museum in the city! Smaller and more accessible than the larger museums where you can spend the da…
Michelle & Marc
Chicago has a fascinating and unique history. The exhibits are well-curated so plan to spend at least two hour…
Nick
Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. It is located in Lincoln …
7. Chicago History Museum
7. Chicago History Museum
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25 local reviews
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-642-4600
Todd
Todd
My favorite museum in the city! Smaller and more accessible than the larger museums where you can spend the day learning everything about Ch…
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
Chicago has a fascinating and unique history. The exhibits are well-curated so plan to spend at least two hours here. You can begin by watc…
Nick
Nick
Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. It is located in Lincoln Park in a building at 1601 Nor…
8. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
8. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
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45 local reviews
5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 773-684-1414
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Lilly
One of the largest science museums in the world with 14 acres, it has both a distinguished history and a focus…
joe
Among the museum's exhibits are a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World Wa…
Michelle & Marc
If you're bringing kids to Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry is a MUST! The exhibits are interactive a…
8. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
8. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
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45 local reviews
5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 773-684-1414
Lilly
Lilly
One of the largest science museums in the world with 14 acres, it has both a distinguished history and a focus on the future of science. Lo…
joe
joe
Among the museum's exhibits are a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330…
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
If you're bringing kids to Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry is a MUST! The exhibits are interactive and they present the informatio…
9. The Art Institute of Chicago
9. The Art Institute of Chicago
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131 local reviews
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-443-3600
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Anthony
Guarded by an iconic pair of bronze lions, the Art Institute of Chicago houses a permanent collection of more …
Michelle & Marc
Chicago's Art Institute is indeed one of the best museums in America and perhaps even the world! It is famous…
Ruben
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and la…
9. The Art Institute of Chicago
9. The Art Institute of Chicago
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131 local reviews
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-443-3600
Anthony
Anthony
Guarded by an iconic pair of bronze lions, the Art Institute of Chicago houses a permanent collection of more than 300,000 artworks, display…
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
Chicago's Art Institute is indeed one of the best museums in America and perhaps even the world! It is famous for its French Impressionism …
Ruben
Ruben
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the Unite…
10. Adler Planetarium
10. Adler Planetarium
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24 local reviews
1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-922-7827
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Tony
Though it’s staffed by world-class researchers at the forefront of their field, the museum’s real draw will al…
Anthony
You’ll have to travel to the outermost tip of Museum Campus to visit the Adler Planetarium, but the journey se…
Dustin
The world-famous Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum has numerous space science exhibitions & the world's mos…
10. Adler Planetarium
10. Adler Planetarium
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24 local reviews
1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-922-7827
Tony
Tony
Though it’s staffed by world-class researchers at the forefront of their field, the museum’s real draw will always be the virtual-reality tr…
Anthony
Anthony
You’ll have to travel to the outermost tip of Museum Campus to visit the Adler Planetarium, but the journey seems appropriate considering th…
Dustin
Dustin
The world-famous Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum has numerous space science exhibitions & the world's most important astronomical instr…
11. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
11. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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24 local reviews
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 773-755-5100
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Michelle & Marc
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a very unique and a wonderful place to spend a couple hours with young childr…
Joseph
The museum's exhibits today include displays about the ecological history of the Illinois region, a live butte…
Shaine
The Nature Museum iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, providing more hands-on science instruction than other C…
11. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
11. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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24 local reviews
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
Closed now
+1 773-755-5100
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a very unique and a wonderful place to spend a couple hours with young children. It offers several differe…
Joseph
Joseph
The museum's exhibits today include displays about the ecological history of the Illinois region, a live butterfly house, and a green home d…
Shaine
Shaine
The Nature Museum iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, providing more hands-on science instruction than other Chicago museums. The Academy co…
12. Museum Campus
12. Museum Campus
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15 local reviews
Museum Campus, Chicago
NeighborhoodPolitical
Daniel
Museum Campus is where you'll find the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium all within a short …
Tim
This area is really cool. Good views of the city and the lake. Architecturally, the buildings, museum, and Sol…
Carlton
Museum Park is gorgeous..Its links you to the Plantetarium, Field Musuem, Soldiers Park, Michigan Av, The Beau…
12. Museum Campus
12. Museum Campus
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15 local reviews
Museum Campus, Chicago
Daniel
Daniel
Museum Campus is where you'll find the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium all within a short walk of each other (and beauti…
Tim
Tim
This area is really cool. Good views of the city and the lake. Architecturally, the buildings, museum, and Soldier Field (at least the old p…
Carlton
Carlton
Museum Park is gorgeous..Its links you to the Plantetarium, Field Musuem, Soldiers Park, Michigan Av, The Beautiful Lakefront without crossi…