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Chicago Museums, Art Galleries and Art Destinations in Chicago

Chicago is home to amazing food, historical landmarks, gorgeous buildings and airy parks, so it comes as no surprise that it also happens to have some of the best museums in the country. If you love art galleries and visiting museums, you won't find a lack of either and will feel right at home when visiting Chicago.

There is a great variety of museums and art galleries in Chicago to cater to any taste; be it Impressionist paintings, Contemporary American folk and decorative arts, or Mexican artifacts. If you're visiting Chicago, be sure to schedule some time to hit the city's best museums. Confused about where you should go? In this article, we've done the hard work for you, and have provided you with the top 10 art destinations to go to while in Chicago.

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Art Institute of Chicago

The first art venue on anyone's trip to Chicago should be the Art Institute of Chicago located right next to Millennium Park. This huge art school with over 3,000 students is also a museum housing an incredible collection of artwork from all over the world and spanning over 5,000 years of history. There are over 300,000 works of art in this beautiful building. Be sure to check out the Modern Wing, which is the newest addition to the museum.

Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

If you are into contemporary art, then your next stop should be Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art located just one block away from Michigan Avenue, and is one of the world's largest contemporary art museums. It has thousands of artwork pieces from the post World War II era and remarkable exhibitions.

Chicago Cultural Center

One of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago is undoubtedly the Chicago Cultural Center. It's a city favorite venue for weddings for good reason. This structure is a sight in itself with sublime architecture, stained glass domes and delicate mosaics which are all very reminiscent of Ancient Greece. It is ranked as the city's favorite building in the interior category. Besides the architecture, this place offers free art exhibitions and theatrical performances throughout the year.

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INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and outsider Art

If you're in Chicago and love the arts, then head to INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and outsider Art to experience great intuitive, folk and outsider art. The Henry Darger room is very popular as are the permanent exhibitions and collections.

Chicago History Museum on N. Clark Street

If you want to plunge into Chicago's rich historical past, then visit the Chicago History Museum located on N. Clark Street. This museum which opened in 1856 has more than 22 million pieces ranging from paintings, sculptures, library materials and photography that characterize the city's history.

National Museum of Mexican Art

One of the most visited museums in Chicago is the National Museum of Mexican Art. It is the only Latin museum in country to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. The National Museum of Mexican Art has over 5,000 artifacts, photography, folk art, and paintings from all eras an from Mexican communities both in Mexico and in the United States, and many permanent and traveling exhibits that are worth a visit.

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Museum of Science and Industry and Field Museum

Another museum which is worth visiting while in Chicago is the Museum of Science and Industry. This place is especially geared towards children and teens, but adults will enjoy it as well. This museum is known as the biggest science museum in the Western hemisphere and features many interactive exhibits that are both fun and educational. For a special treat for the entire family, be sure to check out Tornado Alley VORTEX 2 film at the Omnimax Theater. Another venue that is sure to delight kids is the Field Museum which features huge dinosaur displays.

Hyde Park Art Center

To experience some art off the beaten path, head to Hyde Park Art Center where you will find a great collection of art by local artists. There are contemporary exhibitions going on year-round and art and ceramics classes for the community. Every second Friday of the month, the art center also hosts 'Cocktails and Clay' where people can come to sip on great cocktails while learning how to sculpt.

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The DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History founded in 1957 aims to preserve and study the historical experience of African Americans through the arts and. This museum has over 50,000 artifacts that focus on African American culture nationwide. There are also exhibits which showcase the contributions of African Americans in Chicago. All in all, this is a very moving museum which should be visited by anyone traveling to or living in Chicago.

City Gallery at the historic Water Tower

If you're in the downtown area and want to browse some great art, then look no further than the City Gallery at the historic Water Tower on the Magnificent Mile. This gallery focuses on photography by famous Chicago photographers. There are many free exhibits which highlight the city's rich culture such as one about Chicago hot dogs, another on the Chicago River. It's a great cultural break if you're spending the day shopping along the North Michigan Avenue.