Joy of Museums

Exploring Museums, Art & Historic Sites

Chicago Museums

Chicago skyline, viewed from John Hancock Center

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, the metropolitan area has nearly 10 million people. Often referred to as the architecture capital of the United States, in terms of the economy, Chicago is considered one of the important business centres globally.

Chicago has many great museums and the museums that will be featured by the “Joy of Museums” include:

Others will be added over time.

Essential Facts:

  • City:                       Chicago
  • Country:               United States
  • State:                     Illinois
  • Settled:                 1780s
  • Incorporated:     As a Town – 1833
  • Incorporated:     As a City – 1837
  • Named:                Shikaakwa (wild onion or wild garlic) – Native American Language
  • Population:          City – 2.7 million; Metro – 10 million



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Photo Credit: By Allen McGregor [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons