Fun fact: Chicago contains well over 50 museums ranging from the arts to history to culture. A lot of them sit in the shadows of the most popular museums in the city, such as The Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute and The Museum of Science and Industry. Those are all great museums, but you can only go them so many times before it gets repetitive.
Winter in Chicago means that unless you’re going ice skating or looking at the ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo, you’ll be doing anything that’s inside because of the weather.
Below is a list of a five museums that you can go to and change up your museum game.
Located in Greektown, the National Hellenic Museum is filled with Greek history dating back to ancient times to the Greek immigration to the United States.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $7 for children 3-12 years old.
Hours: 11am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday | 11am-8pm Thursday | 11am-5pm Saturday-Sunday
The museum is located at 333 S Halsted Street.
The Chicago Design Museum features a variety of exhibitions of different design categories. The current exhibition is the City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices and Visions. Pieces by local designers will be presented. Artists will also be present to add some voice to their work. The exhibit lasts until February 25th.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Hours: 12pm-7pm Tuesday-Saturday
The museum is located at 108 N State Street.
This unique museum is all about leather and its compilation, preservation and maintenance. They feature many different collections including a Women’s Leather History Program and an LGBT Persons of Color Program.
Normal admission is $10 and $5 for students, seniors and Military personnel.
Hours: 11am-7pm Thursday-Friday | 11am-5pm Saturday-Sunday
The museum is located in Rogers Park at 6418 N Greenview Avenue.
Learn all about Chicago’s stories including its roots, food, culture and more! Check out the link here for their list of new and permanent exhibitions.
Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, free for children under 12.
Hours: 9:30am-4:30pm Monday | 9:30am-7:30pm Tuesday | 9:30am-4:30pm Wednesday-Saturday | 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday
Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N Clark Street.
Walk down the Hall of Legends, check out sport’s biggest moments in newspaper headlines, compare your abilities to the best players with interactive experiences and more at the Chicago Sports Museum, which is connected to Harry Caray’s in Water Tower.
General admission is $6 and $3 for seniors.
Hours: 11:30-until the mall closes Monday-Sunday