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From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Spanning centuries of human creativity, exhibits include a distinguished collection of prints and drawings, an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, Asian, African and American arts, architectural drawings, textiles and more. Many pieces are on loan from the famed Terra Foundation for American Art. Educational programs and guided museum tours are available. Art books, reproductions, postcards and other items are available in the museum shop. Free public lectures are given during weekends.
The splendid Harold Washington Library was built in 1987 and named after Chicago's beloved mayor. With the goal of providing Windy City with unrivaled library services, they feature excellent resources and state-of-the-art technology. Among its over 13 million collection, are innumerable rare manuscripts, books, art and sound archives. Its remarkable old-world architecture blends with classic Chicago buildings. It is home to the Chicago Public Library, one of the largest systems of its kind in the Midwest.
The McCormick Bridge House & Chicago River Museum is a wonderful place for residents of Chicago, and for tourists to know more about the history of the Chicago River, bridge-houses, and the types of bridges along the river. This museum is small, and is spread over five levels, and on display are artifacts, old photos, news paper clippings, maps and lots of information related to bridge construction and its history. The upper floors of the museum offer breathtaking views of the river and surrounding areas. The museum is open to public from May through October and open on weekdays from Thursday through Monday, with free admission on Sunday. Donations are welcome and there is a gift shop selling cute t-shirts and souvenirs.
Established in 1911, Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, celebrates the existence of poetry in literature. However, the foundation found a permanent home in Chicago only in 2010. Various activities like summer camps, weekly poemtimes etc. are organized here for children and teens to make poetry easier to understand and thus, inspire future poets and thinkers. It also organizes readings and discussions, giving an apt platform for budding talent in the literary circle. This place is a must-visit for those with a soft corner for poetry.
Travel from ancient civilizations through modern times, viewing remnants of bygone cultures and traditions at The Field Museum. Get the inside story on Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skeleton, or view preserved man-eating lions and other animals. For a truly subterranean experience, check out the Underground Adventure, an exhibit dedicated to soil and how it sustains life, or just relax at one of several places to eat. Free for members, teachers and military personnel. Chicago residents receive a discount.
National Hellenic Museum (NHM) is a local museum that takes you through the history, art and culture of Greece. Spread across 40,000 square feet (3.72 square meters), it displays art pieces, documents, artifacts, archive collections, costumes, textile designs, photographs and much more. Right from the ancient civilization to present day Greece, the Hellenic Museum spans a long period; that’s not it though, the NHM also provides an insight into the lives of Greek immigrants in United States. Apart from the regular exhibits and interactive displays, the museum conducts various school programs thereby, giving a chance to the students to know about a different culture. For more details, check website.
Experience war from a soldier's intensely personal perspective at the only museum in the world that collects, preserves and displays creative works by those who served in the Vietnam War. More than 700 pieces representing virtually every artistic medium make up the intriguing permanent collection. Special exhibits and educational programs including evening and weekend painting classes are offered year-round. See website for exhibition schedule, events calendar, artist bios, and group discounts.
Charnley-Persky House's building, designed in 1891 by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, serves as the headquarters for the Society of Architectural Historians. Wright called it the "first modern house in America." One of his first commissions as a junior draftsman, the house bears many of the traits that became trademarks of his design style. The museum offers a walking tour of Astor Street.