Gain new insight into the world at these 15 mighty independent museums in Chicago

by Carrie Bradon | Apr. 27, 2018, 10:24pm |

Museums and galleries are great places to broaden your understanding.

Humans as a species are more evolved than any other, and we can thank our intelligence for that. Rather than being content to stay where we are, humans generally seek out self-betterment, including higher education, new languages and new information about culture, art and the world around us. 

Yet, even after we have attained certain levels of education, there is still an innate sense of wonder and curiosity that will never die and that we must continue to feed. While some turn to travel, others decide to pursue a new career entirely. Perhaps the easiest and most accessible route is to simply look for learning in your own corner of the world. 

Museums are a great place to broaden your understanding and learn to appreciate new cultures, ideas or even your own heritage. If you're a perpetual learner, here are 15 mighty independent museums in Chicago that you simply cannot miss. 

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Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600
Filled with some of the best art in the world, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must see.

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410
This museum is massive, sized to match the large dinosaur skeletons inside.

Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414
This museum helps us to see where we have come from and is a blast to walk around.

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2660
You'll surely enjoy this museum and its modern takes on the theories of art and beauty.

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
A gorgeous museum that showcases the history of the great city of Chicago.

Driehaus Museum

40 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 482-8933
Driehaus Museum is a home from the Gilded Age, which has plenty to show off.

Money Museum

230 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 322-2400
This is a museum that is great for the whole family.

International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-6502
This is a truly wonderful experience for anyone, but especially those with an interest in the medical field.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100
This museum is one of the lesser known museums that can be found in Chicago, but it is well worth a visit.

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 738-1503
This museum helps shed light on the artistic expressions of Mexican creators in a number of fields.

Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0200
The Smart Museum of Art houses an eclectic selection of art from a number of famous individuals.

Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827
If you're interested in the solar system (and beyond), this museum is for you!

Oriental Institute Museum

1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-9520
The Oriental Institute Museum offers free admission to all guests and possesses some of the oldest artifacts from the Eastern world.

Chicago Design Museum

108 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 894-6263
Regardless of the type of design you are interested in, the Chicago Design Museum is an enlightening experience.

American Writers Museum

180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 374-8790
The American Writers Museum is one of the best-kept secrets in Chicago, and its location is fitting, as many publishing houses were historically located here.

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