10:00AM - 05:00PM
Outside of Orlando, The University of Chicago campus is probably the closest thing to Hogwarts Midwesterners will ever come. Arguably the most impressive and beautiful collection of buildings in the city, U of C is home to three museums: The Renaissance Society, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Oriental Institute. The Smart Museum of Art is one of those museum gems that you can’t help falling in love with. While the space is small, the collection is strong, and the interpretation is excellent. Every year, the Smart reorganizes their existing Abstract Expressionism-heavy collection under a particular theme, making the same old objects feel (so) fresh and (so) clean. The museum’s focus on education is also stellar, and they host some of the coolest public programs in the city.