Chicagoans have always known we had something special with the Art Institute of Chicago. But when TripAdvisor users voted it the best museum in the world in 2014, we knew that word had gotten out. And we're happy to share. The Art Institute is the starting point of any art-centric exploration of the Windy City. Besides such an obvious top choice, we have a rundown of many other art-related cultural destinations in the city.
One of the nation’s largest contemporary art museums, the MCA presents exhibits of painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance created since 1945. Tu, F 10 am-9 pm, W-Th, Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. Suggested admission $15; seniors and students $8; children 18 and under and members of the military free.
This national historic landmark is a showplace for the performing, literary and visual arts, featuring a huge variety of programs presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Free guided tours offered W-Sa at 1:15 pm. M-F 10 am-7 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm; closed holidays. Free.
Moved in fall 2015 to a renovated 20,000-square-foot mid-century modern former office building, this not-for-profit arts organization offers classes on art education and appreciation, as well as hands-on workshops for budding artists of all ages. M-Th 9 am-10 pm, F 9 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-4 pm.
The vibrant, urban, often confrontational work of the late, legendary Chicago artist Ed Paschke (1969-2004) is displayed and celebrated and the source of educational inspiration at this art center. The space includes a gallery as well as educational space and a re-creation of Paschke's studio. Daily 10 am-7 pm.