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Hidden Gems

Kyle MacMillan | December 11, 2017 | Feature National

Chicago has an archipelago of smaller art institutions that often fly under the radar. Here, a look at five that are well worth a visit.
“Striding Lion from the Processional Way in Babylon” is one of the many artifacts on display at The Oriental Institute.

Ed Paschke Art Center
Paschke’s bold paintings are among the most prized works by any of the Chicago Imagists. This center pays tribute to him with a recreation of his studio and a comprehensive permanent collection drawn from his estate. 5415 W. Higgins Ave.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
With a collection of nearly 1,100 works and a regular series of special exhibitions, this small museum celebrates Chicago’s important place in the world of outsider art. Running Dec. 22 through March 11 is a show devoted to artist Eddie Owens Martin. 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
On the short list of museums devoted exclusively to the art and history of Native American peoples is this little-known institution, which boasts a collection of more than 10,000 objects from a wide range of North American tribes. 3001 Central St., Evanston

The Oriental Institute
One of the world’s leading centers for the study of ancient Near East art is at the University of Chicago. The bulk of its collection of such objects was assembled during expeditions in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. 1155 E. 58th St.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
Founded in 1971, this museum originally provided a showcase for little-exhibited contemporary Ukrainian art. That remains its central mission, but it has evolved into a more broadly focused alternative art center. 2320 W. Chicago Ave.



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