Many visitors explore Chicago in the summer. There are many festivals, but there are also crowds; the weather is quite hot and humid; and hotels raise their room rates. Winter time brings very cold weather, but if you don’t mind this and you are interested in indoor activities, room rates are at their cheapest. Spring is the best time to visit Chicago. The weather is temperate from April through May but it can be a little unpredictable - some days are warm while others are cool. Fall is also considered one of the best times to visit the city. From September through the end of October the temperatures are warm and hotel rates are reasonable. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Chicago Weather & Temperature by Month
2.Getting to Chicago
3.Getting From the Airport
4.Chicago Visitor Center
5.Getting Around Chicago by Bus, “L” Train, Metra Rail
6.Getting Around Chicago by Taxi and Water Taxi
7.Getting Around Chicago by Bike or on Foot
9.Shopping in Chicago
10.Chicago Neighborhood Guide
11.Getting Married in Chicago
12.Where to Stay in Chicago
Best Time to Visit Chicago, Illinois - Weather Year Round
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Attraction Spotlight: Chicago Children’s Museum
The Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) is center for children to create, explore, and discover together through play. Located at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, the Chicago Children's Museum was founded in 1982 by the Junior League of Chicago as a place where families and their children could go to experience a different form of learning through structured and informal play.
The then-named Express-Ways Children's Museum was founded in response to program cutbacks in the city's public schools and was opened in two hallways of the Chicago Public Library, now the Chicago Cultural Center. The Museum has changed locations over the years due to its rapid expansion and has enjoyed it current location on the Navy Pier since 1995.
The CCM features 57,000 square feet exhibition space that includes three floors of vibrant exhibits and hands-on activities that offer exciting sensory experiences and engaging educational content that focuses on math, science, literacy , health and the performing arts. The Museum also provides a wealth of educational programs and classes, community workshops and special events throughout the year, and is visited by more than 400,000 people annually.
The programs at Chicago Children's Museum are specifically designed to inspire and encourage the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children of all ages by offering playful programming that integrates multiple content areas. Programs include experiences in the arts, culture, health and wellness, language and literacy, diversity and S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Arts programs feature classes taught by professional artist-educators, unique arts programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, a wealth of performing arts programs and special art exhibitions. Health and Wellness programs focus on healthy lifestyles, movement and play, and diversity programs engage children in experiences that encourage understanding and tolerance of the differences and similarities between people with the aim of building respect for each other. Cultural programs connect with Chicago's diverse cultural and ethnic communities and Language and Literacy programs encourage talking, listening, reading and writing. S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs focus on problem-solving, curiosity, and experimentation.
The Chicago Children's Museum presents an array of ways to play with a wealth of fun-filled, family-friendly experiences and presentations. The ‘Tinkering Lab’ offers a unique DIY maker-space for visitors to tinker in a workshop with real tools and materials and the freedom to innovate and explore life with interactive activities such as the Pegboard Challenge, the Tool Bar, and the Early Learning Nook. Kids can make a splash at the Waterways experience with pipes, pulleys and wheels that flow, squirt and pump water in fun, sensory ways.
The Dinosaur Expedition boasts a re-creation of the real Saharan Desert expedition where a new type of dinosaur was discovered by Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and features a life-size skeleton of suchomimus, and an excavation pit with skulls, bones and teeth. Skyline presents the chance to design and build a one-of-a-kind structure using tools, wood and other gear, and includes special activities for younger children and toddlers.
Kid’s Town is an exhibit of a real town, including a grocery store, a car wash, a mechanic, and a bus station in a friendly neighborhood setting that promotes problem-solving, role-playing, and creative exploration through fun and engaging activities. Camp, climb, canoe, and fish, build a treehouse, swim in a waterfall pool and cook a stew in a log cabin in an enchanted forest setting in Treehouse. Kraft Artabounds Studio is an authentic studio and gallery where children can paint, draw, print, sketch, scribble, sew and press in various forms of personal expressions with a special area for toddlers and babies.
The Chicago Children's Museum is located at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan and is open to the public Monday through Sunday and admission is free. The Chicago Children's Museum features a range of amenities designed to suit the needs of young children and their caregivers, including a nursing room, changing tables, nursing chairs throughout the museum, private family bathrooms and a bottle warmer for babies in the Pritzker Playspace.
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611, Phone: 312-527-1000
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Attraction Spotlight: National Museum of Mexican Art
Located in Chicago, Illinois, the National Museum of Mexican Art aims to connect visitors with the history and culture of Mexican artwork. The museum boasts a collection of more than 10,000 pieces in its permanent collection which spans more than 3,000 years of Mexican culture. Visitors will experience the passion and creativity of the diverse culture through breathtaking displays, expertly organized exhibitions, and knowledgeable curators.
The National Museum of Mexican Art was founded in 1987 through the hard work and dedication of Carlos Tortolero and a group of passionate colleagues. The goal of the group was to establish a cultural and educational haven in the community which highlighted Mexican culture and its positive influence on not only the art world, but the world in general.
Throughout the last few decades, the museum has grown exponentially and now encompasses 48,000-square-feet facility which attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is known as one of the most prominent institutions for Mexican art due to its dedication to showcasing the beauty and richness of Mexican culture through world-class exhibitions and arts education programs.
Ephemera: This part of the permanent collection features more than 230 calendarios, more than 570 vintage postcards representing a large variety of locations and customs in Mexico, and more than 970 posters which document a variety of movies and historical and cultural events.
Folk Art: This part of the permanent collection contains masks, ceramics, carved wood, and papier mache items from all over Mexico. There are approximately 1700 pieces from well-known artists such as Castillo, Horta, and Aguilar.
Painting and Sculpture: This part of the permanent collection features more than 300 distinct works of painting and sculpture from colonial and religious art to more contemporary techniques.
Photography: This part of the permanent collection contains 683 photographs which document the Mexican revolution. Well-known photographers are featured in this collection including Tina Modotti, Mariana Yampolsky, and Hugo Brehme.
Prints and drawings: This part of the permanent collection features more than 3,000 original prints and blocks from artists such as Carlos Cortez and Leopoldo.
Pre-Cuauhtémoc: This part of the permanent collection contains 165 artifacts from a diverse range of Mexican cultures including Maya, Remojadas, Mezcala, Teotihuacan, and Toltec.
Textiles: This part of the permanent collection contains more than 500 textile pieces from various regions. A large variety of outfits, weavings, and embroideries are contained in this collection.
Nuestras Historias: (Our Histories) This exhibition is open year-round and explores the stories of cultural identity and how it evolves over time and does not remain static. The vast and diverse stories of Mexican identity are told through hundreds of pieces of unique and exciting works. Favorite Mexican artists such as Josefina Aguilar, Miguel Cabrera, and Carlos Almaraz are featured in this exhibition.
Time to Get Ready: This exhibition features the photographs of civil rights and social justice activist, Maria Varela. Her photographs tell the story of a Catholic high school on the south sde of Chicago during the civil rights movement and how she helped the movement through her powerful images. This exhibition is on display through July 30, 2017 at the Chicago Gallery.
Memoria presente: In celebration of the museum’s 30th anniversary, this exhibition displays the works of artists currently living and working in the Chicago area. It features poetic contemporary works that are reflective of the Chicago-Mexican heritage and community. This exhibition is on display in the Main Gallery until August 13.
Best of Yollo 2017: This exhibition is a collection of artistic works by the young members of the Yollocalli Arts Reach center. The exhibition will be on display in the Courtyard Gallery until August 13, 2017.
West Kings Highway: This exhibition features the works of Cesar A. Martinez and highlights the street on which he has lived for more than 40 years. His continued growth as an artist and relentless creative endeavors are displayed for visitors to enjoy and explore. This exhibition is on display until October 15, 2017.
The Museum prides itself on inspiring generations to love and appreciate the arts. There are a variety of arts education programs for community members of all ages. Attendees can study dance, music, painting, drawing, and art history through the NNMA. For more information on the arts education program at the museum, visit the website.
The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608, Phone: 312-738-1503
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