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The Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with the museum profession’s highest ethical standards and practices. Recognized worldwide as one of America’s leading art museums, the Art Institute permanent collection contains more than 270,000 objects in 11 curatorial departments. Educational programs advance the museum’s mission by communicating the intrinsic value and aesthetic significance of art as an expression of human thought, imagination, and creativity.


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Chicago History Museum

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Chicago’s past. Climb aboard the city’s first ‘L’ car. Check out Chicago sports memorabilia. Imagine what the city was like after the Great Chicago Fire. Gain new perspectives on the American idea of freedom. From the moment you step in the door, you’ll see Chicago’s colorful culture through our rich collection of treasures.

Founded in 1856 and the oldest cultural institution in the city, the Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets over 22 million authentic artifacts and documents of Chicago and American history through exhibitions, programs, research, and publications. Our purpose is to help people make meaningful and personal connections to history, and we believe that history has the power to shape the future. Explore the city’s vast and vivid history. Only at the Chicago History Museum.


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Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District owns more than 8,100 acres of green space, making it the largest municipal park manager in the nation. The Chicago Park District’s 580 parks offer thousands of sports and physical activities as well as cultural and environmental programs for youth, adults, and seniors. The Chicago Park District is also responsible for 26 indoor pools, 51 outdoor pools, and 26 miles of lakefront including 23 swimming beaches plus one inland beach. From canoeing to batting cages to arts and crafts, there is never a shortage of activities to participate in Chicago’s parks.

The Chicago Park District’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Chicago by becoming the leading provider of recreation and leisure opportunities; to provide safe, inviting and beautifully maintained parks and facilities; and to create a customer-focused and responsive park system.


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Chicago Public Library

“The public library is where place and possibility meet.” — Chicago native and author Stuart Dybek

Since first opening its doors to the public in 1873, the Chicago Public Library has maintained its status of one of the City’s most democratic of institutions — providing all Chicagoans with a free and open place to gather, learn, connect, read, and be transformed. The more than 70 locations of the Chicago Public Library are at the forefront of providing innovative library services, technologies, and tools Chicagoans need to achieve their personal goals and to establish the City’s role as a competitive force in the global marketplace. Although the Chicago Public Library has changed dramatically since its beginnings in an abandoned water tower after the Great Chicago Fire, its mission has remained constant.


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The DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History located in the historic Hyde Park area of Chicago at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Washington Park, unites art, history, and culture.

Founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens, the DuSable Museum is one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States. Developed to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent, it is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. The DuSable Museum is proud of its diverse holdings that number more than 15,000 pieces and include paintings, sculpture, print works, and historical memorabilia. Special exhibitions, workshops, and lectures are featured to highlight works by specific artists, historic events, or collections on loan from individuals or institutions.


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The Newberry Library

The Newberry Library provides a home to a world-class collection of books, manuscripts, and maps, and also to a growing community of readers. Our collections, spanning six centuries, feature a wide range of materials, from illuminated medieval manuscripts to rich genealogical resources, and from early printed books to the personal papers of Midwest authors. The Newberry offers highly acclaimed programs for serious readers: fellowships for scholars, seminars for undergraduates, professional development activities for teachers, and a variety of adult education seminars, public lectures, and workshops. Visit us online at www.newberry.org or in person at 60 W. Walton St.


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Terra Foundation for American Art

Established in 1978, the Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States. With an exceptional collection of American art from the colonial era to 1945, an expansive grant program, and specialized staff at its Chicago and Paris offices, it is one of the leading foundations focused on American art, and devotes approximately $12 million annually in support of American art exhibitions, projects, and research worldwide.


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