The Field Museum is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

1. The Field Museum

9.4
1400 S Lake Shore Dr (at McFetridge Dr), Chicago, IL
History Museum · Museum Campus · 337 tips and reviews

Cheryl K.Cheryl K: Really enjoyed the evolution exhibit. I learned so much. Also liked the Egyptian exhibit. Also very educational.

Zondra P.Zondra Pointer: Had a wonderful experience visiting all of the exhibits at the Field museum. So much to see! Be sure to arrive when it opens at 9am to ensure you have time to see it all. Great for all ages!

Jackie M.Jackie Mann: The mummy exhibit has been a favorite since I was a kid, not to mention the stunning architecture!

Museum of Science and Industry is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

2. Museum of Science and Industry

9.4
5700 S Lake Shore Dr (at 57th Dr), Chicago, IL
Science Museum · Jackson Park · 387 tips and reviews

Dan G.Dan Gaken: Visit often, the exhibits change regularly, and be sure to visit the Great Train Story, it's an amazing train layout!

John W.John Wroblewski: The Peanuts Exhibit is awesome!

Bee N.Bee N.: Every single time I'm in Chicago, I try to visit this museum. It's my favorite place to go here; I adore all the exhibits, plus it's totally kid (and family) friendly.

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

3. The Art Institute of Chicago

9.6
111 S Michigan Ave (btwn Monroe St & Jackson Dr), Chicago, IL
Art Museum · Grant Park · 635 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This venerable art institution's architecture is just as artistic and beautiful as its exhibitions. -LW

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This venerable art institution's architecture is just as artistic and beautiful as its exhibitions.

Sandra P.Sandra Parker: The Magritte exhibit is great! Aside from the art, the actual installation is very well done.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

4. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

9.0
220 E Chicago Ave (at Mies van der Rohe Way), Chicago, IL
Art Museum · Streeterville · 153 tips and reviews

HISTORYHISTORY: One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time the Museum offers exhibitions of art created since 1945. It boasts a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

AskMenAskMen: Krakow has amassed a following large enough for the MCA to feature his work during a month-long exhibit. Stop in this month to browse the exhibit, and check out live performances on Tuesday, May 11th. Read more.

Nauman N.Nauman Noor: Love the changing exhibits and always serves for a refreshing break in the hustle and bustle of chicago (by midwest standards) Read more.

Chicago Cultural Center is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

5. Chicago Cultural Center

9.4
78 E Washington St (btwn N Michigan & N Garland Ct.), Chicago, IL
Museum · The Loop · 142 tips and reviews

Katie P.Katie Petroski: Definitely worth a stop on Monday (free day)- the exhibits and dioramas are amazing! I did pick up some interesting history adaptations that my Texas textbooks must have "left out." Great place!

Christopher B.Christopher Burdick: I love going here for free concerts, events, and art exhibits. Also, the building itself is well worth the experience, complete with beautiful mosaic-tile ceilings.

Darren C.Darren Calhoun: Drop in on a Sunday afternoon, usually there is a free musical performance and there's always great exhibits to explore. It's one of the great FREE go-to spots in Chicago!

Chicago History Museum is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

6. Chicago History Museum

9.1
1601 N Clark St (at North Ave), Chicago, IL
History Museum · Lincoln Park · 53 tips and reviews

Kristen N.Kristen Nelhart: Lincoln exhibit was awesome! Loved that they had a few personal items on display.

HISTORYHISTORY: The Museum’s permanent exhibition, Chicago: Crossroads of America, explores the city’s economy, crises, innovation, neighborhoods & entertainment. Features include Abraham Lincoln’s death bed.

Richard B.Richard BERNHARD-HUGHES: There is a new exhibit exploring the history of one most vibrant and interesting Chicago neighbourhoods-Lincoln Park. Definitley going there soon to see it ! Read more.

Shedd Aquarium is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

7. Shedd Aquarium

9.1
1200 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr), Chicago, IL
Aquarium · Museum Campus · 444 tips and reviews

Nicole R.Nicole Raslich: The new Jellies exhibit is really cool!

Zaptravel I.Zaptravel Inc: When it opened in 1930, Shedd Aquarium was the world’s largest aquarium as well as the first inland aquarium to maintain permanent exhibits of both marine and freshwater fishes.

Danny G.Danny Garcia: The stingray exhibit is wonderful!

Lincoln Park Zoo is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

8. Lincoln Park Zoo

9.3
2001 N Clark St (btwn Fullerton Pkwy & LaSalle Dr), Chicago, IL
Zoo · Lincoln Park · 277 tips and reviews

Christine T.Christine T.: I enjoy visiting this zoo, especially the gorilla exhibit and the farm. However, I would really like to see the big cat building renovated/expanded.

Sean S.Sean Sand: What a fun zoo. It is free and you can't beat that. The exhibits are pretty fun and all of the staff there were really helpful and friendly.

vanessa b.vanessa buenrostro: A very fun place to see many animals and the exhibits and best of all its free admission!

National Museum of Mexican Art is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

9. National Museum of Mexican Art

8.8
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL
Museum · Heart of Chicago · 32 tips and reviews

United Latino PrideUnited Latino Pride: NMMA has been a proud supporter of the LBGTQA community at large, hosting Queer Prom, and a wealth of other Community events, they also have amazing art exhibits, and are largely free!

Daniel P.Daniel Perez: I loved the Museum, I wish it had more exhibitions and a bigger facility.

Eva Andrea Q.Eva Andrea Quiñones: Check out their "Keepers" exhibit, wonderful gallery

Adler Planetarium is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

10. Adler Planetarium

9.0
1300 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr), Chicago, IL
Planetarium · Museum Campus · 168 tips and reviews

AskMenAskMen: Every 3rd Thurs. of the month, Adler Planetarium opens up its doors for Chicagoans to mingle & peruse exhibits with cocktails & appetizers in hand. This week, DJ D-Rek spins everything music.

Joshua N.Joshua Nard: The membership is a huge deal - $95 for Chicago resident families includes all exhibits yearly plus guest passes - up to 6 kids (including friends of your kids)

United Federation StarfleetUnited Federation Starfleet: Located along Chicago's lakefront, see the various exhibits and the shows! They were one of the sites in the running to get one of the retired shuttles too!

Chicago Architecture Foundation is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

11. Chicago Architecture Foundation

9.1
224 S Michigan Ave (at E Jackson Blvd), Chicago, IL
Museum · The Loop · 50 tips and reviews

Jennifer M.Jennifer McElroy: Stop in & see the free exhibition Chicago Model City. Largest & most accurate model of the city. Oh, it also has really cool lighting that goes from dawn to dusk in 15 minutes.

Jennifer M.Jennifer McElroy: See free exhibition Chicago Model City. Largest & most accurate model of the city. Then get out there & see it for real on a tour. Tours depart everyday & are best way to see the city.

CHICAGO RADIOCHICAGO RADIO: Various exhibits about Chicago here. Check them out

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

12. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

9.1
2430 N Cannon Dr (at Fullerton Pkwy), Chicago, IL
Science Museum · Lincoln Park · 37 tips and reviews

Stacey W.Stacey Weckstein: Exploring Trees exhibit is a must if you have little ones.

venessa t.venessa tarbell: The butterfly house is a winter haven. Kids will love the water play area and the kids area. The changing exhibits upstairs are usually great.

ChicagoistChicagoist: Check out Nature on Tap, the last Tuesday of every month from 6 to 9:30 p.m., to awaken your inner child. This is an adults-only event that includes admission to all exhibits and local craft beer. Read more.

Museum of Contemporary Photography is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

13. Museum of Contemporary Photography

7.9
600 S Michigan Ave (Harrison St.), Chicago, IL
Art Museum · South Loop · 17 tips and reviews

Roosevelt CollectionRoosevelt Collection: Small and very unique, interesting exhibits. And its free!!

Connie C.Connie Chiu: It's VERY small. May have been my luck and taste, but did not love the exhibit when I visited. Good thing is that it's free/suggested donation.

IlariaIlaria: Free entrance, nice exhibition but the museum is quite small

Chicago Water Tower is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

14. Chicago Water Tower

9.1
806 N Michigan Ave (btwn Pearson St & Chicago Ave), Chicago, IL
Historic Site · Streeterville · 36 tips and reviews

Matt L.Matt L: One of my fav Chicago landmarks. Wish they'd do more with the inside though. Maybe some history of the tower and not some lame art exhibit.

John D.John Doty: Don't miss the exhibit Inside

KT G.KT Gosh: Hang out and look at the art exhibit and warm up!

National Hellenic Museum is one of The 15 Best Places for Exhibits in Chicago.

15. National Hellenic Museum

7.6
333 S Halsted St (at Van Buren), Chicago, IL
History Museum · Greektown · 10 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: The museum tells the stories of Greek immigrants through interactive exhibitions for kids and adults. Step onto the rooftop terrace of their newly opened building for awesome skyline views!

Anthony M.Anthony Muñoz: The Greek Monsters exhibit by design compnany Beetroot, is incredible!

Anthony M.Anthony Muñoz: The Street is my Gallery exhibit features amazing, larger than life images of the graffiti in Athens since the economic collapse.