Art Institute of Chicago Admission
Art lover or not, the Art Institute of Chicago – the second-largest art museum in America – is not to be missed.
The River North district is the most established of Chicago’s three gallery-rich zones (West Loop and Pilsen are the other two), with art from top international names and price tags to match. It claims to be the largest concentration of private galleries in the US outside Manhattan. Most are very welcoming, and together they open their doors for a festive art hop on the first Thursday of every month (which is held in conjunction with the younger, edgier West Loop galleries). Pick up a gallery map at any of the venues to help find artwork to your liking.
Some of our favorites: Catherine Edelman Gallery , where primarily photographic artworks range from traditional landscapes to mixed-media photo-based collages; Jean Albano Gallery , whose contemporary art includes paintings, drawings and interesting textile works; and Zolla-Lieberman Gallery , the first gallery to arrive in River North back in the ‘70s (when the area looked more like the West Loop does today), showing cool, contemporary art by established and emerging artists.