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Spertus Museum - Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

610 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Phone: 312 322 1747 - Tty: 312 922 4950 -

Statement of Purpose

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is a Jewish institution grounded in Jewish values that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the multi-faceted Jewish experience. Through its innovative public programming , exhibitions , collections , research facilities and degree programs , Spertus inspires learning, serves diverse communities and fosters understanding for Jews and people of all faiths, locally, regionally and around the world.

Through a synergy of cultural and academic programming, Spertus creates an engaging environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. More than 200,000 people each year take part in creative, multi-dimensional programming that ranges from the intellectual rigor of formal degree programs to the richness of cultural celebrations, from the vitality of interactive children's activities to the significance of thought-provoking exhibitions.

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies seeks to celebrate, challenge, and advance modern Jewish identity through explorations of Jewish culture and its relationship to the broader world. Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is based on three floors of the award-winning new Spertus Institute facility . The building’s two top floors house the museum’s core-collection display and changing exhibitions , while the fourth floor houses the new interactive Gray Children’s Center and an educational resource area for teachers and parents.

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is Chicago's Jewish education and cultural center. It offers an innovative array of public programming, including exhibits, performances, films, and lectures some presented by the esteemed faculty who teach for its graduate programs. The institute collects, preserves, an d displays materials from the Jewish experience in a stunning, contemporary building with fabulous views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Art from the institute's collection is showcased throughout the building and temporary exhibits examine aspects of Jewish culture. The building also includes a 400-seat theater and a gift shop that carries art, books, music, videos, and contemporary and traditional Jewish ceremonial gifts. Allow 1 hour.

Long Evergreen

Located in Chicago’s South Loop since 1924, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies invites visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore the multifaceted Jewish experience.

The Institute’s Spertus College and Asher Library serve scholarly and casual learners, on-site and via distance learning, through programs, educational opportunities and cultural offerings that enhance understanding of the Jewish experience. A yearly schedule of public programs includes exhibitions, concerts, film, lectures, comedy and theater.

The bold new 155,000-square-foot building designed by the award-winning Krueck & Sexton Architects provides enhanced features to better serve visitors and students of Spertus Institute’s three main branches: Spertus College, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Asher Library. In addition, the building will features the new 400-seat Feinberg Theater, a sophisticated performance space to showcase lectures, concerts, theater, and film; an interactive Children’s Center opening fall 2008; and a new kosher café – filling a downtown Chicago void – in partnership with Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Shorter Evergreen

The new facility will allow Spertus to better serve its longtime students and visitors, and meet the needs of new audiences with expanded public programming. The building will contain enhanced gallery, classroom and library space, as well as a state-of-the-art theater for live performance and film, space for community events and celebrations, a Children’s Center, spectacular views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan, and a kosher café in partnership with Wolfgang Puck Catering. For more information, visit

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies Evergreen

Through innovative exhibitions, commissions and programming, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies at Chicago's new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies – examines Jewish identity and the Jewish experience, exploring the powerful and reciprocal relationship between Jewish and broader culture.

On the top two floors of the award-winning new Spertus facility, approximately 8,000 square feet of gallery space houses the museum’s core-collection display and changing exhibitions. In fall 2008, an interactive Children’s Center and a dedicated educational resource area for teachers and parents will open on the fourth floor.Spertus

Shop Evergreen

Greatly expanded in both size and selection, the new Spertus Shop will boast an impressive selection of merchandise at all price points, from elegant fine art and ceremonial objects, to charming jewelry and accessories, to t-shirts and tchotchkes (Yiddish for trinkets, knickknacks, or baubles). Style mavens will appreciate the collection of chic housewares and fashion accessories by Israeli designers, many exclusive in Chicago to the Spertus Shop. A new section devoted to children’s clothing, holiday gifts, and educational toys and books promises to be a popular addition.

Highlights & Collections

Highlights of the museum include experiencing a unique viewable storage display of over 1,500 objects from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies ’s world-class collection and exploring changing exhibitions about identity and contemporary culture. Gain insights to individual objects and Spertus’ unique curatorial vision at daily drop-in gallery talks, free with museum admission.

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is committed to collecting objects from all aspects of Jewish life and culture, and at present includes more than 15,000 items. The collection has expanded since Maurice and Herman Spertus' substantial donation of major objects of Judaica, Holocaust-related materials, and fine art that began the museum in the 1960s. Main concentrations within the collection include materials from European Jewish culture, the Sephardic and oriental world, Chicago Yiddish culture, and an extensive collection of visual art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Exhibits & Special Events

Hours & Admission:

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

  • Sunday - Thursday:  10 am – 5 pm
  • Closed Fridays and Saturdays
  •  ARTiFACT Center

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Thrusday: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Closed Saturday
  •  Asher Library

  • Sunday: 11 am. to 3 pm.
  • Monday - Thursday: 1p.m to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
  • Spertus is closed Saturday for the Jewish Sabbath
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    Easily accessible by public transportation (Red Line to Harrison). Discount parking available in nearby lots with validation.

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