Mu­seum Mo­ments

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You’ve done the Art In­sti­tute / 111 S Michi­gan / ar­tic.edu / but if you’re in­tent on see­ing other ma­jor tourist spots, get a Ci­typass / ci­typass.com / for en­try to the Shedd Aquar­ium, Field Mu­seum, Mu­seum of Sci­ence & In­dus­try, Adler Plan­e­tar­ium, Sky­deck and 360 Chicago (choose up to five) then move be­yond the views, di­nosaurs and Bel­uga whales to re­ally see what Chicago’s all about.

The Mod­ern Wing. Spend a day with some of art’s great­est vi­sion­ar­ies at the Renzo Pi­ano-de­signed home for the Art In­sti­tute’s col­lec­tion of C.20th and C.21st con­tem­po­rary Euro paint­ing and sculp­ture, mod­ern art, ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign, and pho­tog­ra­phy. Graze at Terzo Pi­ano (see Lunch). Art In­sti­tute Chicago / 111 S Michi­gan / The Loop / 312 443 3600 / 10.30am-5pm daily, till 8pm Thu / ar­tic.edu

The MCA. Not the Y, but a geo­met­ric Jack-of-all-trades atrium build­ing over five floors, hous­ing perma and ro­tat­ing works of Amer­i­can and in­ter­na­tional greats (and not so greats), dance and per­for­mance space, plus ter­raced sculp­ture gar­den and Wolf­gang Puck resto. 220 E Chicago / Gold Coast / 312 280 2660 / 10am-8pm Tue, 10am5pm Wed-sat, 9am-5pm Sun / mcachicago.org

Gless­ner House Mu­seum. The for­bid­ding, new Amer­i­can for­mer Gless­ner fam­ily man­sion is a trea­sure trove of dec­o­ra­tive arts. Af­ter, check out the nearby Greek Re­vival, Clarke House Mu­seum, Chicago’s old­est house. 1800 S Prairie / South Loop / 312 326 1480 / 1pm & 3pm Wed-sun / free ad­mis­sion Wed / gless­ner­house.org / Clarke House / 1827 S In­di­ana / 312 745 0041 / noon & 2pm Wed-sun / both of­fer guided tours only

Chicago His­tory Mu­seum. The Great Fire. Hay­mar­ket riot. World’s Columbian Ex­po­si­tion. Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s suit. It’s a first-rate record of the Windy City, with oral his­to­ries, books and manuscripts, cos­tumes and tex­tiles, and dec­o­ra­tive and in­dus­trial ob­jects. 1601 N Clark / Old Town / 312 642 4600 / 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-sat, noon-5pm Sun / chil­dren un­der 12 en­ter free / chicago­his­tory.org

City Gallery. If the MCA or His­tory Mu­seum is too much for your at­ten­tion span, get a snap­shot at the Wa­ter Tower, which houses a Chicago-themed photo gallery. 806 N Michi­gan / Gold Coast / 312 742 0808 / MCA is nearby

The Peggy Note­baert Na­ture Mu­seum. If you go down to the park to­day, you’ll see plenty of but­ter­flies as well as spi­ders and snakes and scor­pi­ons, oh my! In­ter­ac­tive dis­plays make it good for fam­i­lies. Ex­tend the theme by fol­low­ing signs to Lin­coln Park Con­ser­va­tory and the Zoo / lp­zoo.com / both are free and open daily. Fin­ish and tuck into na­ture’s bounty at the ro­man­tic North Pond nearby. 2430 N Cannon / Lin­coln Park / 773 755 5100 / 9am-5pm Mon-fri, from 10am Sat-sun / na­ture­mu­seum.org / North Pond at #2610 / 773 477 5845 / din­ner Tue-sun in sum­mer, Wed-sun in win­ter, brunch Sun / north­pon­drestau­rant.com

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