Arts Club of Chicago

Gallery in Near North & Navy Pier

It sounds stuffy: a club for patrons of the arts, and it looks the part as men in fancy suits and women in furs drop by for lunch in the members-only dining room. Ignore all that. You're here for the 1st-floor galleries that are free and open to the public. They host four exhibitions per year, often by well-known artists. Definitely worth checking out.