Chicago is the third most populous city in the Unites States of America. It is also one of the main touristic hot spots on the North American continent and this is mainly due to Chicago’s amazing architecture, musical scene, parks and museums which are among the most prolific in the US.
Art Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1879 and houses in its present location since 1893, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and oldest museums in the US. It displays a collection of over 300.000 items and is divided into eleven curatorial departments. Among its most notable exhibits are:
- Old Man with a Gold Chain by Rembrandt
- The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan by Eugène Delacroix
- Seascape Calm by Édouard Manet
- By the Water by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh
- The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso
- The Basket of Apples by Paul Cézanne
- After the Hurricane by Winslow Homer
- American Gothic by Grand Wood
- Landscape With Two Poplars by Wassily Kandinsky
The Art Institute of Chicago welcomes an estimate of 1.5 million visitor per year which makes in one of the most frequented museum in Chicago and the United States.
Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry was established in 1933 during the Century of Progress Exposition. The venue is houses in the former Palace of Fine Arts which was especially constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Based on its attendance it is currently the second most visited museum in the city. It was declared a Chicago landmark by the local authorities during the mid-1990s. As you can guess it is dedicated to the evolution of science and industry throughout the centuries. Some of its more famous exhibits are a Boeing 727, German U-505 submarine, Junkers Ju 87 (also known as Stuka), Foucault pendulum, Apollo 8, a full size replica of a coal mine. The Museum of Science and Industry has plenty to offer to both adults and children, so you can opt to visit it while movers are handling your intra building move in Chicago in order to kill some time and learn new things.
Field Museum of Natural History
Shortly known as Field Museum, this is arguably Chicago’s most prominent exhibition hall. It was opened in 1893 and is presently one of the largest museums not only in the United States but the world. It showcases a collection of over 24 million relics while its library houses over 275.000 books, journals and photographic materials which are related to the evolution of mankind and our planet. The dinosaur skeletons are certainly the venue’s most popular exhibits while Sue the Tyrannosaur rex is the most famous as it is the largest and most complete T-rex skeleton in the world. The museum hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions which is why you should check its program regularly.