There’s nothing like visiting a museum, each exhibit is able to tell its own story. Luckily, Chicago museums have different exhibits across the city all the time. This October is no exception. The American Writers, Driehaus, Field, and History Museums are all offering exhibits that groups of all ages can enjoy.
The American Writers Museum has a mission to grasp the public by “celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, identity, culture and our daily lives.” The Museum opened in May of 2017 and has provided visitors with permanent, temporary and most recently virtual exhibits. While visiting the museum you can check out the Stead Family Foundation Writers Hall, The Wintrust Chicago Gallery, or the Negaunee Foundation Children’s Literature Gallery. Temporary exhibits that are happening now include My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today and Tools of Trade. The My America exhibit can also be accessed virtually along with the Federick Douglas: Agitator exhibit. Ticket purchases and the museum’s hours can be found on their website.
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum showcases the art and design of the late 19th century to the present time. This museum features the Nickerson Mansion which belonged to Samuel Mayo Nickerson and Matilda Pinkham Nickerson. The Nickeron’s had a lasting impact on the Chicago community during the city’s early history to the founding of the Art Institute of Chicago. The museum has displayed three current exhibitions which include, A Tale of Today: Nate Young and Mike Horibuchi, PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900, and William H. Bradley and The Chap-Book from the Collection of Richard H. Driehaus. All these exhibits will run until January 17 2021. Hours, admission details, and tickets can be found online.
Chicago’s Field Museum will allow visitors to explore the world through scientific discoveries and through learning about cultures from the past to the present. The museum is currently displaying a variety of exhibits that will spark your interest. The exhibits include, Apsáalooke Women and Warriors, Cyrus Tang Wall of China, Grainger Hall of Gems, Inside Ancient Egypt and many more. If you love to know about the discovery of dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, culture, and science, this is your place to be. In addition, the Field Museum offers Illinois residents free admission on select days throughout the year. Make sure to check their website for hours and tickets.
The Chicago History Museum is a great place to visit if you’re looking to expand your knowledge about events that have shaped this city, our nation, and society. This history museum is currently showcasing all different types of exhibitions which include, Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America, American Medina, and Remembering Dr.King: 1929-1968. These three exhibits are temporary, so make sure to check them out when available. Other permanent exhibitions include, Facing Freedom in America, The Fifth Star Challenge, and The Great Chicago Adventure Film. For more information about the exhibits, hours and admission you can check their website.
Written By Marla Chavez Garcia