Chicago has plenty to offer beyond the Magnificent Mile and State Street. Join us as we take you off of the beaten path to Chicago’s best cultural gems. – Patrice N. Perkins

Faie African Art

4317 South Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 268-2889

Located in the Kenwood neighborhood, Faie showcases art from Western, Eastern, Southern and Central Africa. Discover beautiful pieces, traditionally found only in museums and private collections.

Gallery Guichard

3521 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 373-8000

This three-story gallery sits on one of the main boulevards of historic Bronzeville. It features the work of over 35 artists showcasing fine art of the African Diaspora.

Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center

1060 East 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 285-1211

This cultural center is located in Hyde Park, just blocks from President Obama’s home. The gallery retails art created by Chicago youth. You will find everything from pottery, woodwork and mosaics to paintings and photography.

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 846-2800

Yes, it’s on State Street, but this theater is easily overlooked. It is home to popular film festivals including the Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Black Harvest Film Festival. If you enjoy indie films, then stop on by.

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 738-1503

Take a trip to Pilsen, just south of downtown. This museum pays homage to Mexican art, history and culture. If you are in Chicago between September and October check out the “Day of the Dead” exhibit. Don’t dash back downtown to dine because Little Italy is just blocks away.

Chicago History Museum

1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Maybe you want to dig into Chicago’s history? These exhibits will take you beyond the surface and provide in-depth education on the city and it’s historic communities.

Oriental Institute Museum

1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 702-9514

Hidden on University of Chicago’s campus, this museum showcases the history, art and archaeology of the ancient Near East.

Patrice N. Perkins is the founder and editor of My Lifestyle ZEN, a Chicago-based lifestyle blog for professionals and entrepreneurs who value quality of life. Patrice provides work-life balance advice to readers as well as informs them on Chicago lifestyle.

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