Theater and opera houses
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Located on Marine Pear, this theater
specializes in William Shakespeare's plays. The theater
company is quite active and offers more than 500
performances a year. No wonder, because the Chicago
Shakespeare Theater is the largest employer for actors
in Chicago. The performance area at the Navy Pier has 2
stages with a seating capacity of 500 or 200 seats.
||800 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Goodman Theater in Chicago
This theater company was founded in 1925 and
has been part of life in Chicago since then. The Goodman
Theater is the oldest still active theater in Chicago.
The Goodman Theater is known for both modern and classic
pieces. The venues for the Goodman Theater are the
Harris and Selwyn Theaters in The Loop. They were built
in 1922 and later used as a cinema before being used
again as a theater from 2000.
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||170 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Civic Opera House in Chicago
This opera house is home to the Lyric Opera of
Chicago, which is considered one of the best in the
country. The opera house, which opened in 1929, is built
in Art Deco style and initially makes visitors who are
used to European opera houses somewhat alienated, as the
Civic Opera House is more like a high-rise building.
||20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Museums and exhibitions
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is not only an art museum
but also an art college in the city of Chicago and was
founded in 1866. The museum's exhibits are housed in
several buildings, of which the oldest on South Michigan
Avenue. It was used as a convention center for the world
exhibition as early as 1893. The museum's collection is
huge and it would be impossible to show all works of art
at the same time. The collection spans 5 millennia and
includes over 300,000 works of art and culture from
almost all parts of the world.
So visitors can find almost everything from Chinese
bronze art, African ivory carvings, ancient Roman, Greek
and Egyptian works of art to more modern masterpieces.
However, the museum has earned the greatest reputation
with its collection of impressionists and
post-impressionists. The highlights of the museum are
certainly works by Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe,
Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Paul
Gauguin, Paul CÚzanne, Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent
van Gogh. From 1917, Walt Disney studied at the art
college in night courses.
||111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60603
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art in the city of Chicago
was founded in 1967 and is one of the leading museums in
terms of quality and quantity for contemporary art
throughout the United States. The building of the Museum
of Contemporary Art was designed by the German architect
Josef Paul Kleihues. The building alone is worth seeing,
especially the staircase installation. The museum's
collection focuses on the period after 1945 and exhibits
works of art by Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Christo,
Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Bruce Nauman on an
exhibition area of 3,600 m▓.
||220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Museum in Oak Park
The Ernest Hemingway Museum in the city of Oak Park is a
museum dedicated to the life and work of Ernest
Hemingway. The museum is located in the Oak Park Arts
Center and is just minutes from the birthplace of the
writer Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize
winner also spent his youth here. Despite its rather
distant relationship with the residents of Oak Park, the
city still honors the writer here today. In the museum
there are all sorts of "devotional objects" such as a
Corona 3 typewriter that Hemingway used.
||200 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Museum and Education Center in
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in
Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, is the most important
museum of its kind in the Midwest. The museum, which
today has an exhibition area of approximately 20,000
m▓, was founded in 1981 in response to an attempt by a
neo-Nazi parade in Skokie. Since 1999 the museum has
been in a new building, the architecture of which alone
is worth seeing. In addition to films from survivors of
the Second World War, works of art about genocides
around the world are shown here, which make you think.
||9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Shea's Gas Station Museum in Springfield
The Shea's Gas Station Museum in Springfield is located
on historic Route 66 and is actually a gas station that
is no longer in operation. This is where petrol pumps
and signs from the old Route 66 are exhibited. Due to
the large collection period, the museum revives the
feeling of the past and preserves the freedom of Route
||2075 North Peoria Road
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center is a cultural and art
center. The Chicago Cultural Center building was built
from 1893 to 1897 in a neoclassical style. It used to be
the city's central library, but nowadays changing
exhibitions take place here. The interior of the Chicago
Cultural Center is architecturally very interesting and
reminds of Venice in some places. A replica of the
assembly hall of the Doge's Palace in Venice can be
||78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Monuments and memorials
State Historic Site in Rock Island
The Black Hawk State Historic Site in the city
of Rock Island in northeastern Illinois is a state park
located on the site of the former Saukenuk Indian
settlement. This is also the birthplace of the famous
Indian warrior Black Hawk, who fought on the British
side against the Americans in the 1812 war and was also
active in the 1832 Black Hawk War against the Americans.
The John Hauberg Museum of Native American Life is
also in the park. The museum opened in 1939 and
represents the history of the Sauk and Meskwaki tribes.
The museum is considered one of the largest museums
dedicated to the history of the Indians. Of course, this
museum also tells the tragic story of the chief Black
Hawk and his tribe.
||1510 46th Ave.
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Monument with Standing Beast in Chicago
The Monument with Standing Beast in the city of Chicago
is a sculpture by the artist Jean Dubuffet from 1984.
The sculpture is located opposite the Chicago City Hall.
The sculpture is made of fiberglass and has a height of
almost 9 m. It weighs over 9 tons. The style of the
sculpture mixes with modern urban influences such as
||100 W Randolph St
Chicago, Illinois 60601