The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.

Our sister institution and one of the world's great museums. Free for SAIC students every day.

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.

America's first planetarium. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Ave.

Highly recommended architecture tours, both on land and water. Great store for design gifts.

Chicago Botanic Garden and Galleries
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL
(Glencoe stop on the Metra commuter rail)

Twenty different gardens set on nearly 400 acres create living galleries—free.

Chicago Children's Museum
At Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave.

Great place to take your cousins, kids, or small friends.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

Art on display here, both the building itself and in its galleries. There are also a number of theaters and concert halls inside the building that feature continuous performances and exhibitions.

Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor

An amazing facility for people who are interested in paper and books. Letterpress, papermaking, hand bookbinding, wonderful innovative exhibitions are on display in the gallery spaces.

Du Sable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Pl.

Co-founded in 1961 by teacher, art historian, and SAIC alumna Dr. Margaret Burroughs. Developed to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent. Students $7, $5 Chicago residents.

East Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.

Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

$15, $12 Students

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL

Besides the home and studio, there are many great examples of the work of one of Chicago's most famous architects right in the same neighborhood.

Instituto Cervantes
31 W. Ohio St.

Spanish language and cultural center, inaugurated by King Juan Carlos of Spain. All levels of language classes, film screenings, lectures, exhibitions, wine tastings, and comprehensive library.

Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory
2200 N. Cannon Dr.
312.742.2000, ext. 200

2400 N. Stockton Dr.

It's wonderful to walk around and feel like you're not in the middle of a very busy city. And it's free!

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)
820 N. Michigan Ave.

Martin D'Arcy Collection at LUMA
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.

Mexican Cultural and Educational Institute

702 N. Wells St.

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
1852 W. 19th St.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.

Lectures, performances, readings, and exhibits that go beyond the visual arts. The theater presents international music, alternative performances, interesting lectures. Free with SAIC ID.

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College
600 S. Michigan Ave.

Free admission

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.

One of the most popular museums in the world, and the first to offer interactive displays. Admission is $13 for Chicago residents.

Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago
1155 E. 58th St.

Renaissance Society
5811 S. Ellis Ave., room 418

Internationally renowned for cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions. Well worth the trip.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Largest indoor aquarium in the world with a recently renovated oceanarium. Admission is $28.95.

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.

Free admission

South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave.

The only Works Progress Administration art center with wonderful exhibitions and local programming.

Spertus Museum of Judaica
610 S. Michigan Ave.