Things to Do

A curated selection of special events and exhibits for the Health Humanities (or cool things that are located close by or perhaps off the beaten track)

Chicago is the third largest city in the US and a global cosmopolitan city of art, architecture, food, theater, music and business. Pick up your complimentary city map at registration or plan ahead: For a more comprehensive list of Things to Do in Chicago, click here.

Special Exhibit, The Fetus in Utero from Mystery to Social Media, University of Chicago LIbraries, Special Collections Research Exhibition Gallery
This special exhibit is co-curated by physician-graphic artist, Brian Callender, and explores the “history of visual imagery of wombs carrying fetuses”.

Address: 1100 E. 57th St.
Times: M-F, 9am-4:45pm
Getting There: #6 (79th/South Shore) Bus from State & Jackson to S. Hyde Park & 56th

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International Museum of Surgical Science
Part of the International College of Surgeons, this museum’s four floors shows the history of surgery as well as arts and artifacts about medicine

Address: 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive – Chicago, IL 60610
: M-F 9:30-5; Sa-Su 10-5
Getting There:  CTA L Red Line (Jackson to Clark/Division, walk north 0.7 miles);  151 Bus from Dearborn and Adams

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Exhibit: Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos, Wrightwood 659 (Exhibition Space)
This special exhibit is the U.S.’s entry at the recently concluded 16th International Architecture Biennale in Venice

Address: 659 W. Wrightwood, Chicago, IL 60614
Getting There: CTA L Red Line (Jackson to Fullerton); Walk

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Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
Chicago is the world center of architecture. Stop by the CAF building to see scale models of the city or hop on one of their tours to learn about the city’s design and architectural jewels.

Address: 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Times: 9:30-5
Getting There: 20 min walk (0.9 miles); Red Line (1-stop); 3/6/26 buses from Jackson & Michigan

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American Writers Museum

This new museum celebrates America’s great writers through interactive exhibits and programs. Currently showing exhibits on Bob Dylan and Frederick Douglass.

Address180 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
Times: 10-5
Getting There: 13 min walk (0.6 miles)

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Art Institute of Chicago

One of the world’s premiere museums of art and rated #1 museum in the US. Special exhibit on Rembrandt’s Portraits.

Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Times: 10:30-5; Thursday until 8
Getting There: 5 min walk (0.2 miles)

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Chicago Cultural Center

The old Chicago library is an architectural splendor and hosts a variety of art exhibits and performances.

Address: 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
Times: M-F 10-7; Sa-Su 10-5
Getting There: 11 min walk (0.5 miles)

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