Chicago is full of museums. Whether you are a tourist or live locally, the rich culture and history in the city lends itself to many sightseeing options. If you’re exploring the sights on CTA rail, see the list below for the most transit-friendly museums in Chicago for an easy train commute. For specific directions from your starting location, use Google Maps with the transit option.
10. Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum
Station: Oak Park
Walking Time: 5 minutes
The Hemingway Museum in Oak Park (pictured above) is a short walk away from CTA in the Oak Park Arts Center. Walk a little further down the street to also view his birthplace while you’re in the neighborhood.
From the Oak Park Station, turn right on Oak Park Avenue and walk under the train tracks toward the downtown area.
9. National Museum of Mexican Art
Walking Time: 5 minutes
The National Museum of Mexican Art is in Harrison Park on the Lower West Side. The museum is free and has many exhibits as well as special events. After arriving at the Damen Pink Station, walk to street level and walk north on Damen Avenue toward the stop sign (not stoplight). Walk a block and turn right on 19th Street.
8. Loyola University Museum of Art
Near the Magnificent Mile, the Loyola University Museum of Art features art with a spiritual focus.
7. Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago’s landmark art museum, the Art Institute is in Grant Park near multiple rail stations with the Adams/Wabash Station the closest. View walking directions and commute tips.
6. The Haïtian American Museum
In Uptown, the Haïtian American Museum has exhibits and programs for kids and artists. From the station, walk west on Wilson Avenue away from the stoplight and turn right on N. Racine Avenue.
5. National Hellenic Museum
Walking Time: 3 minutes
In Chicago’s Greektown, the National Hellenic Museum is one of the oldest Greek and Greek-American culture museums in the United States. Exit the station via Halstead and walk toward the downtown skyline and under the interstate ramp.
4. Museum of Contemporary Photography
The Museum of Contemporary Photography is in downtown Chicago next to Grant Park. Explore a variety of collections, public programs and events. After exiting the Harrison Station, walk to the nearest stoplight and turn right on Harrison Street.
3. Pritzker Military Museum
Also next to Grant Park, the Pritzker Military Museum has rare military memorabilia, photos and books, including from World War II and the Revolutionary War. From either station, walk north to Monroe Street and turn right.
2. Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank
The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank is a free and family-friendly museum that’s open year-round except on bank holidays. Guided tours are available on 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. After exiting the Quincy Station, walk toward Chase Bank and turn left on Jackson then left on LaSalle.