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“Take some time to visit - need not be a long visit”

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Ranked #266 of 662 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: 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.
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 wall built from 726 individual pieces of glass in 556 different shapes. It is meant to reflect by its transparency the accessible and public nature of Spertus.

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Reviewed September 12, 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 Jewish community helped with the founding of Israel. On the second floor there are computers with some interesting film clips about local Jewish history. On the seventh floor there was a small exhibit of woodcuts. Although it was during posted hours, the library on the eighth floor was closed. It's a good quick stop, but don't expect a significant museum of Jewish history and culture. The best part is the truly excellent Judaica gift shop.

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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 to look around, and has rotating exhibits on Jews in Chicago.

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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 elsewhere. The pieces are expensive but quality is well worth the price. Easy to get to on the #3 bus from the Magnificent Mile, or a short walk from Millennium Park.

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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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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Totally to committed to the history of the Jewish experience.

Thank lewsyl
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