9. Smart Museum of Art

Location: 5550 South Greenwood Ave.
Website: smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

If you've got a hunger for some art but are squeamish of the crowds at the downtown Art Institute, this little museum in Hyde Park gives you culture without sacrificing your piece of mind. You'll find an eclectic collection of works spanning more than 5,000 years, offering samples of Degas, Matisse, Rothko, Rodin, the old Masters, the Chicago Imagists, and more.