Beat back summer brain drain at these Chicago hot spots


Get artsy

Chicago's art museums give kids a chance to learn about artists and create a little art of their own.

The Elmhurst Art Museum offers summertime drop-in programs that are free with admission. The museum's staff teaches classes about one of the exhibitions and guides children as they create a project based on this artistic influence. The drop-in programs are from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Fridays. Fridays are also free admission days, so you can do the whole morning without opening your wallet. The drop-in programs are for all ages, even the very young.

The Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art also offer programs throughout the summer for kids to learn about artists and create a piece of their own to take home.

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