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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
+1 312-322-1700
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New Museum

In place of the gift shop is a new museum. Wonderfully curated and very interesting the exhibits... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2017
Bethann7717
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Rockford, Illinois
Beautiful piece of Architecture

I went for a tour with a group of architects, and was impressed that the interior carried the... read more

Reviewed February 17, 2017
ScubaFred
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago's Jewish education and cultural center. Spertus offers an array of interesting programming (all open to the public), including lectures, performances, films, exhibits, and lectures, some presented by the esteemed faculty who teach for its graduate programs. Programs take place in the award-winning Spertus building on South Michigan Avenue as well as select locations around Chicago and the suburbs. (The stunning building, with its fabulous views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan, is worth a visit just to see. It's also available as a venue for events.) The building includes a 400-seat theater and a gift shop that carries art, books, and contemporary and traditional Jewish ceremonial gifts. Exhibits are free. Program and performance prices vary. Check website for schedule. Easily accessible by public transportation (Red Line to Harrison). Discount parking available in nearby lots with validation.
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Aug 10, 2017
“New Museum”
Feb 17, 2017
“Beautiful piece of Architecture ”
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610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed August 11, 2017

In place of the gift shop is a new museum. Wonderfully curated and very interesting the exhibits feature grant participants and part of the extensive Spertus collection.

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Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

I went for a tour with a group of architects, and was impressed that the interior carried the themes from the facade throughout the building. Well done, Krueck + Sexton! I will come back for a proper event soon.

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Reviewed June 4, 2015

When Spertus built this museum, the architectural critics raved about the building. It is an amazing glass building with very unusual geometric designs. I guess they ran out of money when it came to curating the museum. In their prior building, they displayed much more...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2015

I attended a performance of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to Charles Mingus in the theater at the Institute. The upstairs theater was intimate, modern and clean. The bathrooms were also cleaner than local businesses and museums nearby. The upstairs windows give a...More

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Reviewed January 23, 2015

The 2nd and 7th floors were bare of exhibits when we visited this week. The incredibly lovely Miriam Shabbat artefacts made up for that. Modern takes on ancient symbolism are breathtakingly beautiful. The shop is closed on Tuesdays which was a disappointment but likely saved...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2014

The Spertus Institute stands out on Michigan Avenue literally with a glass façade that looks like an origami experiment. They have a small art collection, just go to the gift shop and they will give you a description and location of the art throughout the...More

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Betsy_from_Chicago, Public Relations Manager at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2014

Thanks, Jcctraveler! We're glad you were able to stop by and experience a moment of pause and relaxation in our little oasis. Thanks for the great review, and feel free to come back any time!

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The location is ideal for taking some time to visit. it need not be a long visit. The gift shop has many items. There was not a lot to see but it was still a moving, worthwhile experience. The building is designed with a window...More

1  Thank yyz_kat
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The Spertus Institute isn't much of a museum; it's a school, library, and cultural center. We checked in and were sent to the bookstore which provided us with directions through the building. On the first floor there is a small exhibit about how the Chicago...More

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Whether you visit the Spertus center because you are interested in the Jewish history of Chicago, or you are interested in architecture, this is a must-see in Chicago. Fabulously located on Michigan Avenue, the building has won numerous architecture awards (http://www.spertus.edu/about/architecture). It is a pleasure...More

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Management response:Responded June 24, 2012

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed April 16, 2012

There are tons of rotating exhibits in the school with a self-guided tour that you really should go to if you have some time. The gift shop is very pretty and has a ton of beautiful pieces for Jewish family life that cannot be found...More

1  Thank Lynn W
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Betsy_from_Chicago, Public Relations Manager at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2012

Thanks so much for the review! Glad you enjoyed your visit. - Spertus

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