New Chicagoland Museum Exhibits to Check Out

There are some great exhibits that make the trip worthwhile.

When visiting our favorite local museums, families have so much to explore in science, history, arts and culture. There are also some great exhibitions that make the trip worthwhile.

With plenty of local museums for kids of all ages, there is something for everyone. You might be lucky enough to see one of these exhibits during a free museum day to help save some money! Check out these new exhibits in Chicago and the suburbs.

Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition

Jan. 15-April 21, 2024

The longest-running exhibition of African-American art in the U.S. features more than 100 dynamic works of art from amateur and professional African-American artists from around the nation, as well as a youth category which features work by a dozen area high school artists.

Pompeii: The Exhibition

Through Jan. 15, 2024

  • Address: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • Cost: $18/ages 12 and up, $14/ages 3-11, $9/members, free/annual Fund members and ages 2 and under (museum admission not included)

See this immersive, educational museum exhibit, “Pompeii: The Exhibition.” You’ll be transported back in time to learn about Pompeii and see more than 150 historical artifacts.

Circusville: Play Under the Big Top

Opens Jan. 25, 2024

Children can join the circus where littles can express themselves, unleash their imaginations, explore their skills, embrace new challenges and shine. Advanced tickets recommended.

First Kings of Europe

Through Jan. 28, 2024

View this exhibit at the Field Museum that gathered more than 700 exquisite objects, such as jewelry, armor, weapons, more.

Titanic: The Exhibition

Feb. 16-April 21, 2024

This immersive touring exhibition is a narrative journey that brings to light the fates of the passengers and crew aboard the sinking ship, Titanic.

Disney100: The Exhibition

Through Feb. 25, 2024

  • Address: Exhibition Hub Art Center Chicago, 2367 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago
  • Cost: Ticket prices vary by day. Admission starts at $34.90/ages 13-plus, $24.90/children 4-12, $27.90/seniors and military, free/ages 3 and under

The Walt Disney Archives opens its vault of historical and special treasures, works of art, artifacts, costumes, and memorabilia with the launch of Disney100: The Exhibition. See ten elaborately themed galleries at this 20,000-plus exhibition with many interactive elements for all ages.

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli

Through April 14, 2024

  • Address: Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
  • Cost: Free w/museum admission: $18/ages 12-plus, $6/ages 5-11, free/ages 4 and under and members

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli explores how Jewish immigrants imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant. Learn about deli history with menus, advertisements, neon signs, photographs, uniforms and film and TV clips. There are also interactive and photo opportunities.

Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches

Through Sept. 2, 2024

See larger-than-life models of bloodsucking creatures and learn how different bloodsuckers earned their titles in this exhibit.

Of the Earth

Through May 26, 2025

  • Address: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle
  • Cost: $17/adults 18-64, $15/seniors 65+, $12/children 2-17, free/children 2 and under. Admission is discounted on Wednesdays

The exhibit will include five new sculptures from Polish-American artist Olga Ziemska. Using reclaimed tree branches and other materials found at The Morton Arboretum, Ziemska’s work will remind visitors that everything on our planet comes from the same basic materials.

This post is updated regularly.

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