Broke? Here Are Four Free Chicago Museums To Check Out This Weekend

on July 28, 2013

The tortured artist lives in all of us. At least, in 99 per cent of us who find arrest in empty pocket handcuffs; lost, searching for a way to live outside the prison we call “budget.” You know, a way to practice, “#Live52” without breaking the piggy bank.

And hey, whether you’re broke, living on the artist’s diet, or just love the odd freebie, Weekendtrips highlights four Chicago museums that you can check out for free on any empty-pocket weekend. Enjoy!

Smart Museum

Smart Museum
Built around four main pillars: Asian art; European art; Modern art; and Design, the Smart Museum (5550 S. Greenwood Avenue) is nestled in the University of Chicago; housing over 10,000 art pieces; ranging from ancient Chinese artifacts to the collections of Francisco Goya and Henri Matisse. Group tours and self-guided tours are available, and yes, they are free.

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art
Touted as one of the largest museums promoting Latino arts on the globe, the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th Street) in Chicago is famous for being an art lovers weekend “must-see.” Its art shines light on Mexican culture within US borders and features varieties of: Ephemera; Folk Art; Photography; Paintings; Textiles; and more. And yes, the National Museum of Mexican Art is always free.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

museum of contemporary art
See the world with a pair of eyes only rendered by the Museum of Contemporary Photography: the leading contemporary photography museum in the Midwest. Here, you can expect to see collaborations with locales and international talent; resulting in a marriage of art exhibitions that embrace both contemporary art and technology. The museum is a great hang out for art folk; offering students, educators, research specialists; and any general audience an intimate and comprehensive visual study center.

DePaul University Art Museum

DePaul Art Museum 2
The DePaul Unviersity Art Museum conveniently awaits for you right next to the Fullerton Red Line L stop. The space offers versatility; giving local artists and outsider artists a platform. The DePaul also tributes a variety of genres and media; including photography and sculpture; highlighting contemporary issues such as feminism and war, to just name a few. The DePaul University Art Museum has hosted many contemporary Iraqi artists and paintings and photography by Eugene Atget and Bernice Abbot. And yes, it’s all free.