Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best museum in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best museum in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best museum in Chciago?

“The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership at 610 S. Michigan Ave. Gorgeous space in an incredibly beautiful building. If you enjoy learning about your fellow man, you’ll learn tons here about the Jewish faith, its history and people. The banquet room on the top floor is lovely and there’s even a cool little gift shop. So go already!” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“My favorite is the Art Institute with LUMA being a close second.” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Field museum.” — Lea Grover, Becoming SuperMommy

“Art institute pretty cool (yeah I left out is), still want to get to the international museum of surgical history, I hear that one is crazy, and the museum of broadcast communications also sounds very interesting, haven’t been, but those offbeat museums sound awesome, especially if you’re an offbeat weirdo thinking about going to a museum, where would I find one of those?” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“The Museum of Science and Industry was my favorite as a kid. Growing up in Chicago, I had canvassed the entire museum campus several times because of class field trips. However, I didn’t need to wait for a field trip to go to the science museum. My family visited it on several occasions just because the exhibits were so cool, especially the hands-on stuff for the kids. As an adult, my favorite is the Shedd Aquarium, if that counts as a museum.” — April Davis Leachman, Chicago On the Radar

“in honor of Pulaski Day I’ll say the Polish Museum of America.” — Michael Messinger, Mysteries of Life

“The Blues Heaven Foundation is on the site of the historic Chess Records at 2020 S. Michigan. They have tours and it’s so cool to be at the place where all the great influential music was made. I was at the American Writers Museum the other night for a fundraiser. It’s a wonderful space with so many exhibits that you can spend hours just browsing. It’s at 180 N. Michigan and the cost is very reasonable at $12.” — Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes

“The Museum of Science and Industry. My first visit there was on a field trip in the 4th grade. It was so exciting!” — Sabrina Nixon, Purple Reigns: How to Live a Full Life with Lupus

“Even though I love the Art Institute, I am excited to go to the Chicago History Museum!” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“I love the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry as well as the Shedd Aquarium (not a museum, but in the same vein). When the kids were little we got family memberships, which were a terrific value! The Field Museum was also good when the kids were little. But my favorite place in the dead of winter is the Butterfly Room at the Nature Museum.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“The Art Institute. When we have free time and we want to get out and do something, more often than not our first choice is the AIC. And it was named the Best Museum in the World by TripAdvisor! If it’s the best in the world, it must be the best in Chicago. Right? Its collections are comprehensive, and its special exhibits, although smaller than in the old days of the blockbusters, are always interesting and very accessible. And it’s historic. The main building with its iconic, world-famous verdigris lions on Michigan Avenue at Adams was built to coincide with the 1893 World’s Fair. Its food service spots are the best of any museum in Chicago, or most elsewhere, too, with the beautiful Terzo Piano restaurant in the new wing for fine dining, and the lovely, especially in the summer when you can sit outside near the Fountain of the Tritons, Museum Cafe in McKinlock Court for those of us who can’t afford fine dining. Also, people come from all over the world to see American Gothic, Nighthawks, La Grande Jatte and the Impressionists collection in general (6 Monet “Stack of Wheat” paintings, the largest collection of them in the world!). Finally, with the resurrection of South Michigan Avenue over the past couple of decades, its location can’t be beat.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“The Museum of Science and Industry; cool for every age.” — Annemarie Verweij, Dutch Alien Lands in the U.S.

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