Illinois Museums Participating in 2013 Museum Day
Forty-seven Illinois museums (and other cultural institutions) are participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live!” event. Museum Day tickets are good for two people. To take advantage of this program, click on this link, fill out the form, and a ticket will be e-mailed to you.
In Chicago, they are the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, located at 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605; the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, located at 6500 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629; the Chicago History Museum (CHS), located at 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614; the Clarke House Museum, located at 1827 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616; the DuSable Museum of African American History, located at 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637; UIC’s Gallery 400, located at 400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607; Glessner House Museum, located at 1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616; the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, located at 100 West Randolph, Suite 2-100, Chicago, IL 60601; the International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons; 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610; the Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, located at 756 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642; the Loyola University Chicago Museum of Art, located at 820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), located at 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; the National Hellenic Museum, located at 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661; the National Veterans Art Museum, located at 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Second Floor, Chicago, IL 60625; the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, located at 2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614; The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, located at 5550 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637; and the Swedish American Museum, located at 5211 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640;
In the northern suburbs and exurbs, they are the Barrington History Museum, located at 212 West Main Street, Barrington, IL 60010; Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, located at 1350 North Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL 60061; and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077.
In Far Northern Illinois, they are the Great Lakes Naval Museum, located at 610 Farragut Avenue, Building 42, Great Lakes, IL 60088; the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, located at 2715 S Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102; the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, 5151 Orth Road, Suite A-1, Poplar Grove, IL 61065; and the Rockton Township Historical Society Museum, located at 527 Green Street, Rockton, IL 61072.
In the western suburbs and exurbs, they are the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, located at 53 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505; the DuPage County Historical Museum, located at 102 E Wesley, Wheaton, IL 60187; Farnsworth House, located at 14520 River Road, Plano, IL 60545; Graue Mill & Museum, located at 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523; the Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, 220 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126; the DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s Mayslake Peabody Museum, located at 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523; and the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home & Visitors Center, 816 South Hennepin Avenue, Dixon, IL 61021.
In the southern suburbs and exurbs, they are the Kankakee County Museum’s French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn, located at 165 North Indiana Avenue, Kankakee, IL 60901; the Joliet Area Historical Museum, located at 204 North Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432; and the Kankakee County Museum, located at 801 South 8th Avenue, Kankakee, IL 60901.
In Western Illinois, they are the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, located at 304 South Bishop Hill Road, Bishop Hill, IL 61419; the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society’s Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, located at 211 South Bench Street – Galena, IL 61036; the SciTech Museum, located at 18 West Benton Street, Aurora, IL 60506; and the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, located at 525 South Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
In Central Illinois, they are the Illinois State Museum, located at 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706; the Champaign County Forest Preserve District’s Museum of the Grand Prairie, located at 950 North Lombard, Mahomet, IL 61853; the Parkland Art Gallery, located at 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign IL 61821; the Peoria Riverfront Museum, located at 222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602; The William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 600 South Gregory, Urbana, IL 61801; and the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, located at 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Parkland College, Champaign, IL 61821.
In Southern Illinois, they are the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, located at 30 Ramey Street. Collinsville, IL 62234; the Collinsville Historical Museum, located at 406 West Main Street, Collinsville, IL 62234; and the National Great Rivers Museum, located at #2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62024;
With some of these smaller museums, I would call before visiting. Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian Magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.