Art Museums in Chicago

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Art Museums in Chicago

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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN1,169 contributions
    This museum has a little bit of everything for everyone. And it is large enough for you to dedicate a full day if you want. But you could also do a highlight tour within a couple of hours if you were so inclined. Really, this is a great museum, and you’re sure to find something of interest in the museum. You’re likely going to the museum regardless of this review if you’re visiting Chicago, but here’s one more review saying you should go
    Written 25 November 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    The fabled Castle, the one-time home of Potter and Honore Palmer on North Lake Shore Drive, is long gone. So are many of Prairie Avenue's historic mansions. But the Richard H. Driehaus Museum still is open to the public, a classic reminder of America's Gilded Age, Located at 40 East Erie Street, at Wabash, near the Magnificent Mile, on Chicago's Near North Side, it is housed within the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, the 1883 residence of a wealthy Chicago banker. The museum, replete with marble, onyx, carved exotic and domestic woods, glazed tiles and stained glass, does not re-create the Nickerson mansion but rather broadly interprets and displays the prevailing design, architecture and decorating tastes of the Gilded Age. On display are original furnishings from the Nickerson era along with American and European decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including a number of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum is named after its founder, Richard H. Driehaus, a Chicago businessman, philanthropist and art collector. At the time of its completion in 1883, the mansion was reportedly the most expensive and elaborate private residence in Chicago, having cost $450,000. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and designated a Chicago Historic Landmark in 1977. It was opened to the public in 2008. In addition to the Tiffany works, the Driehaus collection includes over 1,500 objects, including furniture, vases and Favrile glass.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN1,169 contributions
    Highly recommended. Our only caveat is that there was quite a bit of love (like a lot) for Frieda here. That probably matches the love she has around the world, but it does mean that space is used in the museum that could have also been used for other pieces/artists. It’s a small thing though, and you should absolutely make this museum a stop. We loved the social commentary that came with a lot of the artwork.
    Written 25 November 2022
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  • Bastian
    Copenhagen, Denmark115 contributions
    The museum is not very large compared to other contemporary art museums but it makes good use of the space. You can easily see all exhibitions in a couple of hours. There is a good mix of different artistic styles on display.
    Written 23 February 2020
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  • Porsche S
    3 contributions
    Definitely should come down on the price point, maybe 10-15 worth of exhibits to really see. Kinda bored but made the most of the money spent
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Mikey
    2 contributions
    this is a fun small museum with an interesting collection. We take all our visitors here. You need a couple hours here and it is something a bit different in the city.
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • jtfranco
    New Bern, NC171 contributions
    With over 40 murals to see walking the Wabash Corridor was pretty amazing. It's just a few blocks with all these murals crammed in. Go online and download a map. Beautiful!
    Written 31 December 2019
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  • kmz88
    Chicago, IL362 contributions
    It's a small but nice museum. The people who run it are very friendly. They are eager to tell you about the culture and history of Ukraine, which is very nice. The museum is free. They do take donations. You will see and learn a lot about Ukraine. The egg collection is beautiful!
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    My wife and I have browsed the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago on previous occasions. But after seeing the display of the Thorne collection at the Phoenix Art Museum during our recent two-week vacation in Arizona, we decided to make another visit to larger Thorne collection in Chicago. It is an exhibit unlike any other, a child's dream. Thorne Miniature Rooms are a set of about 100 miniature models of rooms created between 1932 and 1940 under the direction of Narcissa Niblack Thorne, who was born in 1882 in Vincennes, Indiana. As a child, she began to collect miniature furniture and household accessories. Her uncle, a U.S. Navy vice admiral, sent her many antique dollhouse miniatures from around the world. When she was 19, she married Montgomery Ward department store heir James Ward Thorne, whose fortune helped to finance her hobby. Ninety-nine of the rooms are still believed to be in existence. The majority of them, a total of 68, are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 111 South Michigan Avenue. We saw 20 of them at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Art Institute's rooms document European and American interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and the 17th century to the 1930s, respectively. Constructed on a 1:12 scale, the rooms are largely made of the same materials as full-sized rooms and some even include original works of art, including paintings and sculpture, silver bowls and crystal chandeliers. They are among the most popular attractions at the Art Institute with an authentic appearance and attention to detail that boggles the mind.
    Written 20 November 2019
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  • Neta_Avivi
    Tel Aviv, Israel3,546 contributions
    Intuit is a museum dedicated to presenting self-taught art, the work of artists outside of the mainstream art. I loved it! While I visited, they presented Jerry’s Map by Jerry Gretzinger and "Surrender to Survival" by Justin Duerr. It is a wonderful place to get familiar with unique artists. They also have a small shop carrying cool artsy items - a great place for buying gifts.
    Written 1 October 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    The world-famous Art Institute of Chicago gets most of the publicity, and deservedly so, but if you are trying to avoid crowds (remember the Normal Rockwell exhibit?), a wonderful alternative is the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Located at 5550 South Greenwood Avenue, it is an art museum that features more than 15,000 objects, is open to the general public and admission is free. Established in 1974, the Smart Museum of Art and the adjacent Cochrane-Woods Art Center were designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. The Smart collection is displayed in four permanent galleries dedicated to modern art, Asian art, European art and contemporary art. One of the most notable items in the collection is the original dining room furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Robie House. The museum also maintains an archive of artwork, sketchbooks, letters, tools, original woodblocks and other personal material related to the life and work of H.C. Westermann. The museum's founders, brothers David and Alfred Smart, were the Chicago-based publishers of Esquire magazine and founders of Coronet Films.
    Written 23 August 2019
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  • CityHiker73
    near Milwaukee, WI470 contributions
    We happened to be visiting a relative nearby, and this museum was recommended to us. It is on the second floor, so you do have to be alert to find it. We were greeted warmly. It is art by all veterans, though more by Viet Nam vets. Many thought-provoking drawings and photographs. Some sculptures. One area highlights work by Kurt Vonnegut, and another is inspired by Tim O'Brien's books. The O'Brien room is filled with stuff brought by soldiers.
    Written 29 October 2019
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  • globetrottergirl196
    Fort Lauderdale, FL9 contributions
    Arrived to museum at 12:15PM on a Tuesday, but a closed notice was posted at entrance. I didn’t get to visit but give high rating because I didn’t see anywhere to update on TripAdvisor with temporary closed status.
    Written 28 September 2021
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  • Megan Stephenson
    Chicago, IL2 contributions
    There's some nice exhibits on the different floors. It's free if you're a DePaul student. The opening times vary.
    Written 30 May 2021
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  • lauralei99
    Chicago, Illinois24 contributions
    The Museum admission fee is $5.00, an unbeatable price. Prepare to walk up two flights of stairs to begin the experience, in which you'll watch an old Channel 11 Chicago video about the the Union, and how it was formed. The details are very interesting, especially since we had thought we knew a lot about the Brotherhood. There are great photos of porters, their wives, and their workplaces. There is plenty of memorabilia along the way, and a place to purchase souvenirs of the visit.
    Written 8 January 2020
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