Many galleries, museums and cultural spaces radiate out from the heart of Chicago's downtown, based along the famous Michigan Avenue, also popularly know as the Magnificent Mile. Hidden spaces are tucked into area neighborhoods like the Gold Coast and Streeterville, while the Tree Studios on State Street offer historic settings for art. From Oak Street to the Chicago River, down near Millennium Park and past Congress Parkway to the South Loop, galleries occupy spaces steps from Michigan Avenue, as well as in some of Chicago’s most iconic skyscrapers.
Look for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Columbia College Chicago.
The Museum Campus is the lakeside base for some of Chicago's most famous museums, including the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium.