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Chicago Area Museums & Zoos: A Kohain's Guide
Last Updated: November 16, 2015

           Key

Access to this area is permitted to Kohanim

Access to this area is permitted to Kohanim

Access to this area is problematic for Kohanim

Access to this area is problematic for Kohanim

See accompanying box for further details

See accompanying box for further details

 

Adler Planetarium
1300 Lake Shore Drive
312.922.7827

There are no reasons to suspect any issues. This was also checked with a curator.

Art Institute
111 South Michigan
312.443.3600

The Art Institute has an Egyptian mummy on display.   The museum also has several reliquaries that contain small bone fragments.

Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
708.485.0263

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Chicago Botanic Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
847.835.5440

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Chicago Children’s Museum
700 East Grand Avenue
312.527.1000

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
312.477.6630

There are no reasons to suspect any issues. This was also checked with a member of the administration.

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark
312-642-4600

The museum is in possession of a human skeleton.

The Field Museum of Natural History
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
312.922.9410

The museum contains over 25 mummies, numerous skeletons, and other human remains. To access the research areas contact the cRc.

The Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
312.443.3811

The theatre is in possession of a human skull that is used in some performances.

Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois Museum
4255 Main Street, Skokie
847.677.4640

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
312.642.6502

The museum contains many human remains.

Lincoln Park
Areas approximately between
North Avenue and Wisconsin Street
Map

Part of current day Lincoln Park was the former city cemetery (areas approximately between North Avenue and Wisconsin Street). The cemetery was not necessarily properly removed. Rabbi Schwartz permits the Kohain to enter all areas of the park barring the area that was the former Jewish cemetery. That area is currently in the in the Southwest section of the park, below the baseball fields.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
312.742.2000

The main zoo area posses absolutely no problem for a Kohain. The main barn (red) at the Farm in the Zoo has remains beneath it and is therefore a prohibited אהל המת. [See also Lincoln Park]

Loyola University Museum of Art
820 North Michigan Avenue
312.915.7600

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Millennium Park
Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe
312.742.1168

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
2600 Central Park, Evanston
847.475.1030

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois
Route 53
Lisle, IL
630.968.0074     

In the main section (East side) there is no issue. In the West section there is a small cemetery. This contains the graves of about 9 people, all members of the Morton family of the salt company fame. (Some may be Jewish)This cemetery is just to the south of the Thronhill education center. The cemetery is surrounded by a fence. However it is unclear if there are any trees that overhang from the cemetery and spread any tumah. If there is a continuous stretch of overlapping trees that overhang a grave there may be a problem. This does not seem to be such an issue in this case. We would however recommend that a kohain just steer clear of the area where the cemetery is.

 

Museum of Broadcast Communications
State Street and Kinzie
312.245.8200

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
312.280.2660

The museum has an exhibit with human bones.

Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Avenue
312.663.5554

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Museum of Science & Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
773.684.1414

The museum contains a whole brain, prenatal specimens, and sections of the human body.

Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
312.595.7437

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Oriental Institute Museum
1155 East 58th Street
773.702.9514

The museum contains four mummies as well as numerous human remains in storage.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
773.755.5100

The museum contains one human skeleton, which has a חלל טפח

Sears Tower- Sky Deck
233 South Wacker
312.845.9696

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
312.939.2438

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Smart Museum of Art – University of Chicago
5550 South Greenwood
773.702.0200

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Spertus Museum of Judaica
618 South Michigan Avenue
312.322.1417

There are no reasons to suspect any issues.

Key

Access to this area is permitted to Kohanim

Access to this area is problematic for Kohanim

See accompanying box for further details

 

Notes:

  • Before planning a catered event at any of these areas please contact the cRc.
  • This information is accurate as of August 2008.
  • To report or inquire about any other potential problems for Kohanim please email Kohanim@crcweb.org.
 

HaRav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Shlit"a
Rosh Beth Din

HaRav Yona Reiss, Shlit"a
Av Beth Din

 

Rabbi Sholem Fishbane
Kashruth Administrator

Rabbi Levi Mostofsky
Executive Director

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