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CHICAGO MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES

No visit to Chicago is complete without a stop at one of our museums. There are dozens across the city, from a world-renowned art museum with some of the world's most famous paintings, to hidden gems that explore niche subjects, to free museums open to all.

Here's an overview of the city's major museums:

1. Art Institute of Chicago

Voted TripAdvisor's top Chicago attraction, the Art Institute of Chicago houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art outside the Louvre.

2. Museum of Science & Industry

Explore the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Stand inside a tornado, climb into a U-boat, explore a mine at this awe-inspiring space.

3. Field Museum

This natural history museum is home to Maximo the Titanosaur, the largest creature to ever roam the Earth.

4. Shedd Aquarium

One of the world's largest indoor aquariums, visitors to The Shedd will come face to face with aquatic creatures from around the world, from the Caribbean to neighboring Lake Michigan.

5. Adler Planetarium

Explore the origins of the universe, peer through ancient telescopes, view the stars (and even sleep under them) at the lakefront planetarium.

Chicago is also home to museums that document and celebrate African-American heritage, Jewish tradition, Mexican art, Lithuanian culture, Ukrainian history, Puerto Rican culture, military history, maritime history, surgical science, and even an American Writer's Museum — the very first of its kind. And for art lovers, the city's gallery districts, from River North to Pilsen, give insight into both art history and the contemporary creative scene.

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