6 Can’t-Miss Museum Exhibits


By Dustin Ford

Chicago is home to many great museums and galleries, each of which will cycle their featured exhibits multiple times a year. This summer, plenty of exciting, new things are on hand to explore in Chicago’s museums. 

Museum of Contemporary Art

Figures of Speech

A collective of the works of Chicago artist and designer Virgil Abloh. Get inside the mind of the artist and learn why there are no borders between mediums, only human-perceived borders. He’s designed in Italy, worked with Kanye, and now his work has returned to Chicago for this momentous exhibit.

Art Institute of Chicago

Manet and Modern Beauty

Explore Edouard Manet’s inspiring paintings and how he proposed a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity. This exhibition focuses on a transformative moment in Manet’s career and offers an exclusive look at his collection including two of his most popular works, Jeanne (Spring) and Autumn (Mery Laurent).

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics

Learn about rock n’ roll’s impact on worldwide politics at this exhibit from the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Check out artifacts like costumes, instruments, lyric sheets, and more from 50+ popular artists and explore the power of rock music to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality, and freedom.

Field Museum

Fantastic Bug Encounters

With hundreds of bug species declining, there has never been a more crucial time to learn about all the little guys that make the world go around. Step into, as opposed to ‘on’, the life of a bug and learn about how beautiful, resourceful, and crafty these creatures can be.

Museum of Science and Industry

Wired to Wear

This exhibit focuses on the future of wearable technology. Take a look at our clothing and see how we change them and they change us. The clothes truly make the man, especially when they expand his capabilities.

Chicago History Museum

Remembering Dr King

Just over 50 years ago the nation was rocked by the news of Dr Martin Luther King’s assassination. Today, we look back at his accomplishments and pivotal key moments in his life with this exhibit. By keeping his memory alive we are also keeping his message and his dream alive.

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