Category: Chicago Museums

Chicago Museums: Top 5 must see exhibitions

JOHN SINGER SARGENT John Singer Sargent & Chicago’s Gilded Age will run at the Art Institute of Chicago from July 1 through September 30, 2018. The exhibition explores the art of American portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)–the most sought-after portraitist of his generation-–with a focus on his numerous Chicago connections.  Using the lens of Sargent’s work, the exhibition explores the... Read more »

Birds of Paradise add color to a gray Chicago winter at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Birds of Paradise add color to a gray Chicago winter at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
How about a taste of New Guinea’s exotic Birds of Paradise to brighten your day? The new exhibition Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution, opens today (January 18) and runs through June 16, 2018 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The exhibit features equal parts natural history, photography and science that gives visitors an in-depth look into the lives of birds-of-paradise.... Read more »

Chicago's Field Museum to unveil flying reptiles and world's largest dinosaur

Chicago's Field Museum to unveil flying reptiles and world's largest dinosaur
First “Jurassic World,” now the real world Last August, Chicago’s Field Museum made a really big announcement that a new resident dinosaur –the world’s largest– would be installed in the museum in spring of 2018.  The 122-foot Patagotitan mayorum (pat-uh-go-tie-tan my-or-um) who we will call ‘Pat’ until the museum gives it an official name will be the centerpiece in the Museum’s main... Read more »
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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates 50 with a vibrant new look

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates 50 with a vibrant new look
“Johnston Marklee understands the strength of our Josef Paul Kleihues-designed building, and they carry a deep respect of history throughout their architectural practice.” Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee (JML) have completed a major redesign of select public spaces of the... Read more »

Field Museum to be home for world's largest dinosaur: Can you say Patagotitan mayorum?

Field Museum to be home for world's largest dinosaur: Can you say Patagotitan mayorum?
Big news at the Field Museum The The Field Museum has announced a new resident dinosaur will be moving into Stanley Field Hall late spring of 2018. The new dinosaur made from the fossil bones of Patagotitan mayorum (pat-uh-go-tie-tan my-or-um) is 122 feet long. To get a perspective on this, picture two accordion CTA buses end-to-end.... Read more »

Chicago museums offering free admission this week for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students

Chicago museums offering free admission this week for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Museums in the Park have announced a week of free general admission for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students to 12 of the city’s museums in celebration of the 2017-2018 school year. The week kicks off this Sunday, August 27th through Saturday, September 2rd with an impressive list of Chicago’s top cultural... Read more »
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Chicago's Field Museum to host specimen ID Day

Chicago's Field Museum to host specimen ID Day
Living just steps from the historic Green Bay Trail–that was traversed in the 1600s by French explorers Joliet and Marquette, then later used as a route by the Potawatomi Indians to hunt and set up camps–our family has found a number of artifacts. We have often wondered, are they rocks…or tools the Native Americans used... Read more »

Robot Revolution at the MSI features robots from around the world

Robot Revolution at the MSI features robots from around the world
I’m not sure who was having more fun–the kids, the grown-ups or the robots–yesterday at the Museum of Science and Industry’s (MSI) touring exhibit, Robot Revolution--an amazing population of robots from around the globe. The interactive exhibition spans four types of robots (Smarts, Skills, Cooperation and Locomotion) letting visitors observe and operate various robots while... Read more »

Chicago Museum Free Admission Days for 2017

Chicago Museum Free Admission Days for 2017
Even with museum prices often out of reach for many families and individuals there is no reason to stay away–you just need to plan ahead. Literally every one of Chicago (and the area’s) world-class museums offer special deals along with free general admission on certain days each year (typically to Illinois residents with valid proof... Read more »
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Chicago Museum Week 2016: Highlights & deals

Chicago Museum Week 2016: Highlights & deals
Chicago Museum Week returns for a second go-around this year from October 13th through October 23rd with an expanded list of participants and programs. The 11-day celebration puts a spotlight on the city’s second to none cultural institutions with special programming and discounts for Illinois residents. The “week” affords a special opportunity to explore Chicago’s... Read more »
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