The following list of some of our team’s favorite museums is brought to you by the Laffey, Bucci & Kent sexual assault attorneys in Chicago.
The city of Chicago has many exciting parks along with cultural institutions and museums, large and small. Below, we discuss the most noteworthy ones, or at least the ones to visit first if your time spent in Chicago is not as long as you’d like.
Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art near Water Tower Place where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time.
One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. Moreover, MCA Chicago documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance.
The museum, which was established in 1967, boasts a collection that is composed of thousands of objects of Post-World War II visual art. The museum is run gallery-style, with individually curated exhibitions throughout the year. Each exhibition may be composed of temporary loans, pieces from their permanent collection, or a combination of the two.
The current location at 220 East Chicago Avenue is in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. Josef Paul Kleihues designed the building after the museum conducted a 12-month search, reviewing more than 200 nominations. The museum was originally located at 237 East Ontario Street, which was first designed as a bakery.
The current building is known for its signature staircase leading to an elevated ground floor, which has an atrium, the full glass-walled east and west facades giving a direct view of the city and Lake Michigan.
The Chicago Museum Campus
Museum Campus is a 57-acre park in Chicago that sits alongside Lake Michigan in Grant Park and encompasses five of the city’s most notable attractions:
- Adler Planetarium
- Shedd Aquarium
- Field Museum of Natural History
- Soldier Field
- Lakeside Center of McCormick Place
The Chicago Museum Campus, located in the South Loop, was created after a reconfiguration of Lake Shore Drive in 1998. Previously, lanes ran through the middle of the area, dividing it and creating some tricky navigation from the parking lots to the museums.
Chicago History Museum
Previously known as the Chicago historical society or CHS, the Chicago History Museum as it stands today was founded in 1856 to record, study and interpret the city’s history.
The original building and most of the collection burned during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Furthermore, after three years and a second fire that destroyed most of the remaining collection, the CHS renewed its operations. Occupying temporary buildings on the same site until 1896, the organization eventually built a massive stone edifice designed by Henry Ives Cobb, which housed the Gilpin Library and exhibition spaces.
In 1920, the Society purchased thousands of manuscripts and hundreds of paintings and historical artifacts from the estate of Charles F. Gunther, including the bed on which Abraham Lincoln died and George Washington’s compass. In the late 1920s, the trustees began planning a new $1 million museum to house its growing collection and to celebrate the city’s centennial.
In 1988, Holabird and Root “wrapped” the limestone addition in a red brick modern adaptation of the 1932 building and added underground storage and new gallery spaces. In February 2006, the Chicago Historical Society announced its new name: The Chicago History Museum. Later that year, the Museum celebrated a grand reopening, unveiling a dramatic new lobby and redesigned exhibition spaces.
Today, the Museum continues to share the stories of the city and its people through exhibitions, programs, publications, and digital media.
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