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What are we missing? To suggest a link or resource addition, email Hannah Jennings.

Chicago museums and related cultural institutions

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
American Indian Center
American Writers Museum
Arlington Heights Historical Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
The Arts Club of Chicago
Bahá’í National Center
Block Museum
Brookfield Zoo
Busy Beaver Button Museum
Chicago Athenaeum International Museum of Architecture and Design
Chicago Architecture Center
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Maritime Museum
Clark House Museum
Cosley Zoo
Dank Haus Museum
Design Museum of Chicago
Discovery Center Museum (Rockford)
Driehaus Museum
Dunn Museum
DuPage Children's Museum
DuPage County History Museum
The DuSable Museum of African-American History
Ed Paschke Art Center
Elgin History Museum
Elgin Public Museum
Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst Historical Museum
Evanston Art Center
Evanston History Center
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum
Field Museum
Fire Museum of Greater Chicago
First Division Museum
Frances Willard House
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Garfield Park Conservatory
Geneva History Museum
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
Glessner House
Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum
Grosse Point Lighthouse
Harold Washington Library Center/Chicago Public Library
Highland Park Historical Society
Hinsdale History Museum
Historic Pullman Foundation
Historic Wagner Farm
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Illinois State Museum (Springfield)
International Museum of Surgical Science
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Isle a la Cache Museum
Jane Adams Hull House Museum
Kohl Children's Museum
Korean Cultural Center Museum
Lake County Forest Preserve Dunn Mansion
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
Leather Archives & Museum
Lincoln Park Zoo
Math Cultural Center of Chicago
Mayslake Peabody Estate
McLean County Museum of History
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Morton Arboretum
Museum of Broadcast Communications
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Science and Industry
Naper Settlement Museum
National Hellenic Museum
National Museum of the American Sailor
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Public Housing Museum
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum
The Newberry
Northern Illinois University Art Museum
Oak Park River Forest Museum  
The Oriental Institute

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Perfume Passage
Polish Museum of America
Pritzker Military Museum and Library
Pullman Porter Museum 
Ray Bradbury Center Museum
The Renaissance Society
River Trail Nature Center
Robert R. McCormick House
Ryerson Woods Visitors Center
Saint Charles History Museum
Salvation Army Central Territory Historical Museum
SciTech Hands On Museum
Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago Museum and Library
Shedd Aquarium
Smart Museum of Art 
Spertus Museum
Swedish American Museum
Terra Foundation for American Art
Trailside Museum of Natural History
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
United States Pizza Museum
University of Chicago Special Collections
University of Illinois at Chicago Latino Cultural Center
Wilmette Historical Museum
Winnetka History Museum 
Wonder Works Children's Museum
Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiolog

Museum associations and exhibit-related sites

AAM/NAME Label Writing Competition 2014
American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
Association of Children's Museums (ACM)  
Association of Midwest Museums (AAM)

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Campbell Center
Chicago Hands-On Educators (CHOE)

CMEG Facebook Group
Exhibit Files
Exhibit Tricks 
Illinois Association of Museums (IAM)
National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME)
National Emerging Professionals Network
Museum 2.0
Museum 3.0
Museum of Lost Wonder
Museums Work for Chicago
Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)
That Belongs in a Museum
Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)
Visitor Studies Association (VSA)

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Chicago Museums in a Time of Social Distancing
April 2020 webinar meeting
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Exhibitions for Social Justice. A book by local scholar Elena Gonzales (2019). Assesses the state of curatorial work for social justice today in the Americas and Europe.

The Big Idea: Getting to an Exhibition’s Big Idea. An epub by local consultant Beverly Serrell (2019). This workbook is a comprehensive tool for exhibit developers.

Measuring Awe in Museums: An Exploration of In Situ Evaluation Methods
CMEG: Evaluation Edition
Visitor Research at the MCA

Slides from a CMEG presentation on June 18, 2019

100 Reasons to form a professional networking group in your area (and how to do it successfully)
Developed by CMEG for the 2007 national AMA conference held in Chicago
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100+ Years of Museum Exhibitions: A Tour of Chicago's Milestones
Developed by CMEG for the 2007 national AMA conference held in Chicago
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Recommendations for Producing Small Traveling Exhibits For Children's Museums
Kohl Children's Museum created these based on a survey of small to medium-sized children's museums (and on their own experience)

“When I Grow Up I’d Like to Work in A Place Like This”
Museum Professionals’ Narratives of Their Early Interest in Museums

Journal article by Michael Spock referenced in the winter 2009 CMEG meeting
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Standards for Professional Practice in Children's Museums
Association of Children's Museums
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Kids Dig Dirt! Green Paper
Association of Children's Museums
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Healthy Kids Healthy Museums
Association of Children's Museums
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Toolkit for Reimagining Children's Museums
Association of Children's Museums
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