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31 Mar - Where to Get Cultured – Chicago


Dive into Chicago’s thriving community with some of our favorite local culture spots. (Psssst. You’ll want to add these to your Chi’town bucket list!)

Art Institute of Chicago
For the well-rounded art lover


Witness over 300,000 works of art at the #1 museum in America (Don’t believe us? See here.) Immerse yourself into a full-range of works by Monet, Manet, Picasso and more. Once you’ve covered a good portion of the museum, we suggest taking a mid-day museum break with a picnic in the garden (weather permitting.) TIP: Illinois residents are free from 5-8pm on Thursdays

Chicago Architecture Foundation
For the Chicago history buff


Explore Chicago’s most fascinating buildings, landmarks and engineering advancements by foot, bicycle or boat in a series of daily tours. Thinking of grabbing a souvenir? The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s gift shop is your go-to for purchasing those city-inspired goods. TIP: Chi’town natives can become a member for $65/yr (which means UNLIMITED walking tours and discounts on boat + bus tours.)

MCA Chicago
For the contemporary art enthusiast


Spend all day exploring 4 stories of contemporary goodness at this popular hotspot. Expect highly anticipated traveling exhibitions + a sculpture park in the warmer months. TIP: Free admission for IL residents on Tuesdays

Garfield Park Conservatory
For the eclectic nature lover


Get inspired with the beautiful hues of floral colors with outdoor gardens, flower shows and more. No need to worry about the weather, this nature gem is housed in a gorgeous glass dome! TIP: Entry is free, but donations are encouraged

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
For the architecture lover


Revisit the life and work of architecture Frank Lloyd Wright in an intimate tour of his Oak Park, Illinois home and studio. This getaway is approximately 8 miles from Chicago, so opt in for the walking tour with audio, and make it a day trip! TIP: Make the $5 photo pass investment

The Field Museum
For the budding archaeologist


Get an early start at the largest natural history museum in the world! You’ll spend your day exploring ancient fossils, reading about interesting artifacts, and taking in thought-provoking scientific discoveries. Make a pitstop at the museum’s library and fall in love with their collection of books, photos, journals and more. TIP: Discounts + free days are listed here.

Chicago History Museum
For the Chicago lover


Learn about all-things Chicago while indulging in sick city views at this nostalgic landmark. The exhibits change seasonally, so frequent often to experience photographs, textiles, drawings and more. TIP: Check Groupon + museum website for discounts

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
For the theater lover


Indulge in your favorite Shakespearean piece at this world-class theater located on the Navy Pier. Not a fan of Shakespeare? No worries, expect a variety of programming suitable for all ages. TIP: $20 tickets for people under 30

Music Box
For the movie buff


Head to the Music Box for your ultimate fix of new indie blockbusters + those good ol’ classic favorites. No need to stress yourself out on arriving early, there’s no such thing as a bad seat at this cozy theater. TIP: Late night screenings