Musings of a Museum Fanatic: Chicago's Ethnic Museums


Chicago's Ethnic Museums

The Chicago area has a a vibrant and rich ethnic heritage from all around the world. Many of the neighborhoods have changed throughout the years with each different group. It's only natural that brings with it museums to preserve and share that rich history and culture. When I started compiling this list I realized that there are so many on this list that I just haven't gotten the opportunity to visit yet!

This is a complete (I'm hoping!) list of all the ethnic museums in the Chicagoland area. I highly recommend leaving your museum comfort zone and checking out some of these wonderful institutions.

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60629

Polish Museum of America
984 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Italian American Veterans Museum
3800 Division St. 
Stone Park, IL 60165

Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

National Hellenic Museum
333 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661

Polish Museum of America
Polish Museum of America

Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
4740 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60612

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Latvian Folk Art Museum
4146 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
1431 W Taylor St 
Chicago, IL 60607

National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
2831 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago
5472 S Dorchester Ave
Chicago, Illinois

Indo-American Heritage Museum
6328 N. California Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
238 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60616

Chicago Japanese American Historical Society

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

The Americas
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St 
Chicago, IL 60608

Haitian American Museum of Chicago
4654 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Dr
Skokie, IL 60077

Bronzeville Historical Society

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
3015 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

Trickster Art Gallery
190 S Roselle Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60193

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, IL 60637

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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