Chicago is known as a cultural hub in the United States, blending together multiple cultures from European immigrants, such as the Polish, Latin Americans, and African Americans. Additionally, the city of Chicago features a progressive tone of acceptance and renaissance for all walks of life. In this edition of Windy City Wednesdays, Leslie visits the DePaul Art Museum, which is one of the best examples of this movement.

Bringing Chicago culture to the forefront

The DePaul Art Museum in Chicago’s Lincoln Park opened its 15,200-square-foot three-story building near the Fullerton train station in 2011. It features nearly 3,500 works showcasing Chicago’s Polish theatre history, Latin American photography, and recent works by up-and-coming Chicago artists.

The art museum focuses on projects that embrace diversity such as female artists, artists of color, and the LGBTQ community. The venue’s exhibitions rotate every six to eight weeks while taking pride in its contributions to the broader art world. According to Trip Advisor, “The gallery is renowned for its permanent collection of artwork from 20th century Midwest painters as well as photography, but exhibits run the full gamut of artistic tastes.”

How to visit the museum on DePaul University Campus

The museum is free to attend, is a large part of DePaul University’s cultural movement, and takes about an hour to view. According to the DePaul Art Museum website, to get to the museum and safely park on campus: “Paid and limited free street parking is available in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Whole Foods parking garage at 2331 N. Sheffield offers validated parking for $9.25 before 4pm and $7.25 after 4pm. Parking tickets may be validated by the DPAM front desk. Whole Foods will also validate free parking for under two hours with a purchase.”

How to get in touch with the museum before you visit

The museum maintains an active Facebook page, where prospective visitors can ask questions about the art pieces and receive general information prior to attending. You can also visit the site linked above to contact the museum prior to your visit.

Other things to do in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood

Situated along Lake Michigan on the North Side of Chicago, Lincoln Park is named after Abraham Lincoln and is the city’s largest public park. According to Wikipedia, “The park’s recreational facilities include baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, cricket pitches, football/soccer fields, a golf course, lacrosse fields, rugby pitches, tennis courts, volleyball courts, field houses, a target archery field, a skate park, and a driving range.”

The Lincoln Park Zoo is also open year-round and includes big cats, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totaling to nearly 1,250 animals. 

If you are planning on visiting Lincoln Park, be sure to stop by the DePaul Art Museum, and complete your big day with the zoo and a walk through the park!


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