Okay, you’re surrounded by shopping and dining destinations of every conceivable variety, but if you can find time to pause just long enough to enjoy some culture during your stay, why not check out a museum or two from the following nearby addresses? No reservations are needed!

  • Art Institute of Chicago is the place to go to discover forty centuries of human creativity at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the world’s leading art museums. From ancient Chinese bronzes to the latest work by contemporary artists, the collections include some of the finest art ever produced. Especially noteworthy is the internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pictures, with many outstanding examples by Monet, Renoir, Degas, van Gogh and other painters of the period. The Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing is devoted to a stunning collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. Located at 111 S. Michigan Avenue (312) 443-3600
  • Chicago Children’s Museum is where knowledge and playing combine in three floors of hands-on exhibits and daily programs make math, science, reading, the arts, and the city’s vibrant cultures come alive for kids through age 10 and their families. Located at 700 E. Grand Avenue (312) 527-1000
  • Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies. As a museum with interest in education and educational programming, LUMA reflects Loyola University Chicago’s Jesuit mission and is dedicated to helping men and women of all creeds explore the roots of their own faith and spiritual quest. Located at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, the museum occupies the first, second, and third floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. The museum’s 35,000 square foot space contains eight exhibition main galleries, the William G. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall, the Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture, the Museum Store, the Push Pin Gallery, and the Harlan J. Berk Ltd. Works on Paper Gallery. Located at 820 N. Michigan Avenue (312) 915-7600
  • Museum of Science and Industry lets you “entertain your brain” as you explore a World War II German submarine, descend into a coal mine, send your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D heart, or get blown away by a 40-foot tornado. MSI offers dynamic live science experiences and hands-on interactive activities for guests of all ages! Voted one of the “7 Wonders of Chicago,” it is located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive (773-684-1414)