The DePaul Art Museum, located on the DePaul University campus, features a permanent collection with over 3,500 items and multiple temporary displays, and it offers free public events. The museum’s art is primarily centred around contemporary and modern art exhibits, and many of the free public events feature social justice issues such as feminism, race equality, and inclusiveness.

Past events have included feminist mentorship conversations, “Yoga for Black Lives,” and “Movement Workshop with Brendan Fernandes & Paige Fraser.” You should allow yourself an hour or 2 to explore the museum. The facility offers full accessibility for strollers and those in wheelchairs. 

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Highlights of The DePaul Art Museum

The permanent collection includes almost 3,000 works, ranging from a 16th-century Madonna and Child painting to recent paintings up to 2016. As you explore the museum, you'll see beautiful photos, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. Featured artwork includes local artists, social justice works, and international art from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

You can view objects depicting more than 50 ethnic groups from Africa, including sculptures, wooden masks, and objects used in rituals and ceremonies. You'll also find an extensive collection of architectural drawings, Chicago imagists, WPA Printmaking/Needles Collection, Polish posters, Latin-American art, the Thurow Collection of Chicago Art, and photos from the Institute of Design.

Good to know about The DePaul Art Museum

Appointments are required to view the collections, so be sure to call ahead. The DePaul Art Museum is located in Lincoln Park, near the Fullerton CTA Brown/Red/Purple Line Station and the Fullerton #74 and Sedgwick #37 bus stops. If you're driving, you can find limited free street parking nearby, and the museum will validate parking at The Whole Foods garage on N. Sheffield Street.

Nearby, you may be able to catch a show at Victory Gardens or Apollo Theatres. The North Pond Nature Conservatory is also close and offers a pond, native trees, wildflowers, and diverse bird species for guests to enjoy.

DePaul Art Museum in Chicago

Location: 935 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

Phone: +1 773-325-7506