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S is for Swedish American Museum: Exploring Chicago A–Z

Swedish American Museum

Anchoring Andersonville, Chicago's historic Swedish neighborhood, on a vibrant portion of Clark Street, the Swedish American Museum celebrates the accomplishments of Swedes who came to America over the past several centuries and settled in Chicago. Andersonville itself is one of Chicago's great walking neighborhoods. Plan a trip today, and include the museum on your itinerary!


11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.


'Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones' Will Rock Chicago's Navy Pier this Summer

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are back on the Windy City scene thanks to the critically-acclaimed, 18,000-square-foot exhibit, Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones, which is set to invade Navy Pier on April 15, 2017 with fan-worthy fun and surprises for music lovers of all ages. It's a strictly limited four-month engagement and online tickets go on sale Friday, February 24! 


View The Striking Images of African American Freetowns at the Newberry Library's FREE Exhibit

Photographing Freetowns exhibit at the Newberry Library

Photography aficionados may know Helen Balfour Morrison for her portraits of famous Americans, displayed in museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA. In 1935, Morrison turned her eye toward the rarely shown experience of African American "freetowns," small independent communities that formed after the abolishment of slavery. The photos capture an important piece of African American history, and are now on display at the Newberry Library's


Amazing Cubs World Series Memorabilia—See It All Firsthand at the Chicago Sports Museum!

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum

If the historic Chicago Cubs World Series win was the highlight of your 2016, you'll want to run—not walk— to the Chicago Sports Museum, where a recently unveiled Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit celebrates the grandest moments of the 2016 season with sports mementos that contributed to the amazing victory. Here are five things Cubs fans need to check out STAT at the Chicago Sports Museum.


10 Exhibitions to See at the Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park is a historic building that was founded in 1856 to study Chicago’s rich history. The museum houses millions of original pieces from Chicago and U.S. history. You could spend an hour or an entire day there, and you’re sure to learn something new. Lovers of literature, fashion, history, anthropology, photography and more will find something to pour over.


Tattoos + Belle Époque Posters + Ancient Chinese Hand-Scrolls: Colorful Displays of Art through the Ages at 3 Chicago Museums

Driehaus Museum

February is the perfect time of year to head indoors to check out the latest exhibits at Chicago's many museums. Explore the often-misunderstood, 5,000+-year-old art of tattooing, visit with the masters of French poster art and travel to China via beautiful 17th- and 18th-century Chinese hand-scrolls... all without leaving the Windy City. Here are three unique museum exhibits you'll want to check out this winter in Chicago.


5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

The Great Train Story

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.


Celebrate Kwanzaa at DuSable Museum on December 27, Featuring a Drum Call, Dance, Music + Storytelling

DuSable Museum Kwanzaa celebration

Participate in the joyful community celebration of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 27, at the DuSable Museum of African American History in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The annual African American cultural celebration focuses on seven African principles for each day of the weeklong event, which culminates with a feast and creative program.


Get into the Holiday Spirit with Seasonal Exhibits, Shows and Workshops: 6 Chicago Museums to Visit Right Now

Art Institute of Chicago

A trip to a Chicago museum is always a fun learning experience, but during the holidays, special events, fantastical decor and seasonal workshops offer a brilliant bonus. Only in Chicago can you travel the world of holiday traditions, celebrate with the belugas and eat breakfast with both Santa and a T. rex. Here are six ways to celebrate the season at Chicago's most beloved museums


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