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  • Arts & Museums

    »Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center

    This center offers displays, self guided tour brochures and video presentations about Pullman, the country's first planned industrial community. Exhibits include "Pullman: The Man, The Car, The Company, The Model Town, The Strike, The Landmark Community in Chicago." The foundation also operates the Pullman Historic Landmark District Hotel Florence Restaurant & Museum, named for George Pullman's daughter.

    11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60628

    »A. Philip Randolph/Pullman Porter Museum Gallery

    Students of labor, civil and human rights history will be fascinated with this exhibit located in the historic Pullman District. The gallery is named in honor of Asa Philip Randolph and the Pullman Porters, who together formed the first African-American labor union in the country. A fine collection of well-preserved photographs and memorabilia serve to illustrate and commemorate a milestone in American history.

    10406 South Maryland Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60628

    »Bronzeville Children's Museum

    A museum in the southern side of Chicago, it is the first and only African American children’s museum in the country. It was founded in the year 1998 and moved to its current location in the year 2008. It was founded by retired public school teacher, Peggy Montes, with a mission to serve children between ages three and nine. It is named after the neighborhood in Chicago with a large concentration of settlement of African Americans.

    9301 South Stony Island Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60617

    »Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

    For the would-be traveler who wants to visit Lithuania, this museum is the largest of its kind in the United States and is a fantastic place to start. Visitors are given personal attention from the moment they walk in the door. An orientation video provides a brief history of Lithuania, a glimpse of the green countrysides, rocky seashores and ancient castles brimming with legends. Visitors can then browse Lithuanian history and culture in the museum. Artifacts include a spectacular coat of armor, treasured relics donated by Lithuanian immigrants, native costumes from the different provinces and some of the most beautiful amber you will view anywhere. Be sure to visit the gift shop before you leave. Here you can find everything from Lithuanian candy to books on every subject. The museum also offers language classes and art workshops.

    6500 South Pulaski Road
    Chicago, IL 60629

    »Lorado Taft's Midway Studios

    While the name Lorado Taft has faded, his works, including "The Fountain of Time," continue to impress after more than a century. Founded in 1906, this historic site is where Taft, an Illinois native and world-renowned artist, created several monumental, heroic sculptures. The studio was also a spawning ground for aspiring artists Taft instructed until his death in 1936. It is still used as a teaching haven for artists, and has been an official landmark since 1993.

    6016 South Ingleside Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

    »Oriental Institute Museum

    The Oriental Institute Museum allows you to travel to distant and ancient civilizations without leaving Chicago. Part of the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, the Institute Museum features outstanding anthropological and archaeological exhibits about the early human civilizations that developed in the East. Visitors can reflect on man's accomplishments as they examine rare artifacts from historic nations including Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran and Palestine. Afterwards, browse the "Suq" (Arabic for "market") for Eastern finds and unusual gifts. Guided group tours and workshops are available. Photography is permitted in the museum and galleries. Photographs can also be ordered from the photographic archives. Admission is donation based, with a suggested USD10 for adults and USD5 for children 12 and under.

    1155 East 58th Street
    Chicago, IL 60637

    »Renaissance Society

    This gallery on the University of Chicago campus was established in 1915, and has a long tradition of being one of the city's most distinguished spaces for the avante-garde and contemporary art. The society first toured the U.S. to exhibit and promote the works of artists Fernand Leger and Constantin Brancusi. Past exhibitions have included such artists as Michael Kelley, Gaylen Gerber, Julia Fish, On Kawara and Heimo Zobernig.

    5811 South Ellis Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

    »Robie House

    Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright himself termed Robie House as 'the cornerstone of modern architecture'. Much of the architectural world agrees. It is not only the best representation of Wright's Prairie period, but also a national landmark. The bold horizontal lines and the overhanging roofs are distinctly Wright. The house is managed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation.

    5757 South Woodlawn Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

    »DuSable Museum of African American History

    Salute the contributions African-Americans have made to world history, and learn about their culturally rich heritage. Galleries showcase extensive collections of award-winning photography, paintings, sculptures and other works by African and African-American artists. Original slave documents and civil rights memorabilia are also displayed. The museum hosts numerous public programs throughout the year including lectures, special exhibits and workshops.

    740 East 56th Street
    Chicago, IL 60637

    »U-505 Submarine

    The World War II had its fair share of brave heroes and captured ships. Each boat has a story to tell and German submarine U-505 is no exception to this. This German submarine was secretly lurking along the West African coast to destroy the Allied and American warships. It's mission was interrupted owing to the attack of USS Chatelain ( USA warship ); the mass destruction stint of U-505 came to an end. Once, the war was over, U-505 was docked in Portsmouth Navy Yard; she was later donated to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. The relocation was a Herculean task, however it was successfully installed at the museum. Visitors can take a guided tour of it, the question and answer session at the end of the tour proves to be informative and interesting. U-505 is a perfect installation for all those who love history especially pertaining to World Wars.

    5700 South Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL 60637

    »David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art

    If you want to see the University of Chicago art collection, this is the place to go. The gallery holds the primary pieces, including works from ancient China, medieval times and Renaissance Europe and paintings by the Chicago Imagists. Recently, University students have begun playing an active role in maintenance and preservation of the museum, reflecting the influence of art on academia. Stop off in the quaint Smart Museum Café for a repast during your tour. In the summer, you can dine outdoors at the Eden Sculpture Garden. Check out the gift shop for a memento of your visit. Admission is free.

    5550 South Greenwood Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

    »Museum of Science and Industry

    This museum makes science fun with interactive, educational exhibits that stretch the imagination. Spend time in a 16-foot (4.8-meter) heart as you learn about how yours works. Find out how technology has influenced history by stepping back in time on "Yesterday's Main Street." Watch action-packed films in the museum's giant-screen Omnimax Theatre or take a ride down a coal mine. And don't leave without picking up some great souvenirs at The Big Idea museum shop. Omnimax requires additional fee. Parking available in underground garage.

    5700 South Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL 60637
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