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Welcome to the Chicago Art Gallery

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Welcome to the ISM Chicago Gallery.

UPDATE: IDNR Press Release

llinois State Museum Will Re-Launch July 2 SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that the Illinois State Museum will re-launch Saturday, July 2, 2016 pending approval of the administrative rule that will allow the Department to charge an admission fee at the main museum campus.

The administrative rule is on the agenda for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting to be held June 14. With approval, the museum will be able to open about two weeks later. Initially, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield will officially open July 2. The IDNR continues to work with stakeholders in communities where other Illinois State Museum branches are located in hopes of securing partnerships that would allow those branches to open.

“IDNR has been working steadily through the JCAR process to establish the administrative rule to set an admission fee,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “By setting the admission fee, working closely with the Illinois State Museum Board and Illinois State Museum Society, we feel we are setting the Museum on a more sustainable path for the future.”

The administrative rule authorizes the Department to establish an admission fee for the Springfield campus of $5 for adults. Children under 18, seniors and veterans will be admitted free. The admission fee is part of a greater effort to diversify the sources of funding for the museum.

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The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery exhibits and promotes the work of contemporary and historical Illinois artists. The changing exhibition schedule presents Illinois art to a statewide as well as a national and international audience.  For further details, please click again on "Visitor Information" on the menu to the left. Admission is FREE.

The Illinois State Museum opened its doors in Chicago in May, 1985, with the inauguration of the distinctively post-modern James R. Thompson Center, designed by Chicago architect Helmut Jahn. Our recently renovated spacious galleries have for twenty years specialized in showcasing contemporary and historical fine artists such as Edith Altman, Don Baum, Phyllis Bramson, Rodney Carswell, Tom Czarnopys, Ruth Duckworth, Julia Fish, Judith Geichman, Theodore Halkin, Richard Hunt, Mr. Imagination, Michiko Itatani, Vera Clement, and Frank Piatek, along with important historic artists such as Gertrude Abercrombie, Manierre Dawson, G.P.A. Healy, Nathan Lerner, Lazslo Moholy-Nazy, and William Schwartz, to name a few.

Our exhibition schedule ranges across mediums, including our outstanding quilt collection in the Decorative Arts area to electronic art, installations, and collaborative exhibitions wilth community organizations. 

We provide free group tours and special programs upon request. Please call 312.814.5322 for an appointment. 


  Future Events & Exhibits   

Future Events & Exhibits

You will be able to learn about upcoming events and exhibits by visiting the ISM Chicago Art Gallery events and exhibitions pages

You can also learn about other events and exhibits from the ISM Art Section.


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