DePaul Art Museum


DePaul University's compact art museum hosts changing exhibits of 20th-century works by Chicago-based artists. Pieces from the permanent collection – by sculptor Claes Oldenburg, cartoonist Chris Ware, architect Daniel Burnham and more – are sometimes on display but share the two floors of gallery space with temporary new exhibits. It's definitely worth swinging by if you're in the neighborhood; you can see everything in less than 30 minutes.

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1. Biograph Theater

0.17 MILES

In 1934 the ‘lady in red’ betrayed notorious bank robber John Dillinger (aka Public Enemy Number One) at this theater, which used to show movies. FBI…

2. Wrightwood 659

0.47 MILES

Fans of modern architecture shouldn't miss Chicago's newest gallery, designed by Pritzker Prize–winner Tadao Ando. Walk past the facade of the former…

3. St Valentine's Day Massacre Site

0.79 MILES

At this infamous spot on February 14, 1929, Al Capone's henchmen, dressed as cops, lined up seven members of Bugs Moran's gang against the garage wall…

4. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

0.89 MILES

This hands-on museum has turtles and croaking frogs in its 1st-floor marsh, fluttering insects in its 2nd-floor butterfly haven and a bird boardwalk…

5. Lincoln Park Conservatory


Walking through the conservatory’s 3 acres of desert palms, jungle ferns and tropical orchids is like taking a trip around the world in 30 minutes. The…

6. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

0.95 MILES

The enchanting Lily Pool hides in a plot northeast of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, at the corner of Fullerton and Cannon Drs. Built in 1938 by landscape…

7. Lincoln Park Zoo


The zoo has been around since 1868 and is a local freebie favorite, filled with lions, zebras, snow monkeys and other exotic creatures in the shadow of…

8. Farm-in-the-Zoo

1.11 MILES

Located at the Lincoln Park Zoo's southern end, the farm features a full range of barnyard animals and offers frequent demonstrations of cow milking,…