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Category - Museums

Noted for world renowned art collections, interactive exhibits and lots of informative fun, a visit to Chicago museums is an essential activity. But these landmark institutions offer much more than visual and cultural experiences. Many museum gift shops offer enough unusual and hand-crafted items to find something for everyone on your list.

As if a 125th anniversary weren’t monumental enough, a new dinosaur is moving into the Field Museum—a titanosauric one.

Cast of Patagotitan mayorum, the Field’s new specimen is a giant, long-necked Titanosaur from Argentina, aptly named Maximo.

If you haven't yet paid a visit to the brand new American Writers Museum (AWM), now's the time to do it. Two special exhibits take beloved Midwestern writers as their focus: "Captured Stories: American Writers through the Lens of Art Shay" and "Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page." As the first and only museum of its kind in the nation, this word-filled collection celebrates diverse American writers, while also exploring their influence on our cultural identity.

Chicago is the fabled city of big shoulders, big buildings and with a renowned foodie scene, big appetites. But at its core, this is really a city of neighborhoods and diverse ethnic communities. You can travel through dozens of countries and cultures of the world just by exploring Chicago neighborhoods and cultural institutions. The Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) serves as connector to 35 museums and cultural organizations representing 24 different neighborhoods and 28 different ethnic communities. Forget about airfare, you can discover China, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Ukraine all in a few days in Chicago.

Chicago's Year of Public Art rolls on with an exciting addition to the already amazing diversity of programs, talks, and of course, compelling new public art installations. Kerry James Marshall, the celebrated contemporary artist is bringing a massive new piece to the Chicago Cultural Center over the coming weeks — and at 132 by 100 feet — it will be nothing short of epic.

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