Smaller Museums in Chicago
Learn. Discover. Explore. Chicago has numerous museums encompassing art, science, history and more. We offer the discounted CityPass for the larger museums & towers here by following this link. If you are interested in some of the smaller museums, here are our recommendations:
The National Mexican Art Museum displays the signature style of a very popular culture in Chicago. Mexican art is known for its distinct aesthetic affect on sculptures, paintings, and murals. This uniqueness is on full display at Pilsen’s museum, check it out at 1852 West 19th Street. In addition, there are some incredible family run taquerias in Pilsen, try the excellent La Casa Del Pueblo when you’re done exploring art.
North of our hostel lies Andersonville. A pleasant neighborhood of small shops and good eateries with a blend of Swedish influence. The Swedish American Museum is a charming establishment in the heart of Andersonville (5211 N. Clark St). Stop at Simon’s across the street for some warm Glogg (spiced Swedish wine) or browse the big resale selection at The Brown Elephant.
The smaller of the two well-known art museums, The Museum of Comtemporary Art is monumental. Every month they change their exhibits, which keeps you coming back for more. Just down the street from this museum is DiSotto Enoteca, a hidden gem. This little restaurant offers an intimate ambiance, fairly priced Italian food, and exquisite wine! Combine these two for an unforgettable date!
Just south on Clark St. lies the Chicago History Museum. If you are a traveler even remotely interested in Chicago history & trivia, then you must swing by this inexpensive museum. Enlightening facts on hot dogs to the Great Chicago Fire highlight this establishment, and right now they are showcasing the brilliant photography of Vivian Maier with a terrific display of Chicago images. 1601 N. Clark St.
If you’re checking out the spectacular architecture of Hyde Park, check out the Oriental Institute for an in depth look at Asian culture. Attached to the gigantic & historic University of Chicago, this place showcases art, history, and artifacts of the ancient Near East. In addition, check out the always beautiful Osaka Garden.