Travelling in Chicago is always a joy, whether it’s a short trip through the Windy City for business reasons or a longer, planned pleasure break for all the family. With so many attractions on their hotel doorstep, visitors will be positively spoilt for choice.
One of the most overlooked aspects of this city is the quality of its museums and institutes; the exhibits lie in store just waiting to be discovered by inquisitive travellers.
Follow this trail of museums while travelling in Chicago and prepare to be wowed by the diversity of their content and the details that provide a fascinating trip in time.
As diverse as a one could wish for are the exhibits that lie in the heart of this museum. Over 20 million artefacts have been accumulated since the mid-19th century and reflect the city’s rich seam of life, from paintings to costumes.
The Field Museum of Natural History
While travelling in Chicago, tourists will no doubt head to the Natural History Museum, given that it houses the world’s best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex exhibit as part of its dinosaur collection. The museum, which is home to over 20 million exhibits, features some of the most innovative collections from science to culture.
The Art Institute
Located in Grant Park, the institute offers some of the best in iconic art with over 300,000 works, including Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Visitors will be able to appreciate art from across the world, as well as African American art and paintings from local artists.
National Museum of Mexican Art
Those travelling in Chicago may be surprised to find this museum, which enables visitors to immerse themselves in Mexican culture via the rich artistic expressions of a host of specialists from either side of the US border.
DuSable Museum of African American History
Among one of the best interpretative museums in the city focusing on African American history in the US, visitors will be able to gain a unique insight through the collections of a determined art teacher and historian at this outstanding institute.
With more than 15,000 works, ranging from sculptures to historic artefacts, the museum offers new and innovative displays from artists on key events in history. The museum takes its name from Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent, who established the permanent trading post in the late 18th century that was later to become known as Chicago.
The Shedd Aquarium
While travelling in Chicago, tourists should take the opportunity to spend a few hours at The Shedd, where they will be left awed by the rich live exhibits on display. Visitors can wander the “deep” and discover the habitats of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific reefs. There is a fascinating and critical eco-balance achieved in the Amazon exhibit, with a host of fascinating and colour animals. Equally, the Abbott Oceanarium is a fascinating look at the ecosystem vital to the existence of beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins.