The Chicago area is home to a number of museums, cultural centers and libraries focusing on cross-national European issues or on specific European countries. Below are some examples of such institutions that can act as resources for students of European Studies:
Alliance Française de Chicago
Dedicated to the study of French language, cultural exchange, and friendship between Americans and French speaking people. It houses a substantial library and regularly organizes cultural events.
The Balzekas Museum
The largest repository of Lithuanian cultural artifacts outside of Lithuania. The museum also has a library and organizes Lithuanian cultural events.
The Copernicus Foundation and Center
Serves as Chicago’s major Polish-American civic, cultural, educational, recreational and entertainment resource. In addition to being used for screening Polish films, its cinema hosts a variety of professional shows and concerts.
The Gene Siskel Film Center
Hosts an Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the films of European Union nations.
The Goethe Institute in Chicago
Offers German language classes, organizes events related to German culture and has a reading room with special emphasis on contemporary literature, cultural studies, theatre and film.
The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
Offers cultural programs dedicated to the promotion of the Spanish language and culture and language courses. Its houses a collection specialized in Spain and Latin America with more than 30,000 titles.
The Irish American Heritage Center
Includes a museum, art gallery, auditorium, library, and theatre group. It provides a gathering place for the Irish American community and those interested in Irish culture.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
Promotes, organizes, and finances a wide range of cultural events to reinforce and strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Italy. It offers Italian language classes and provides a wide range of materials about Italy in its library.
The Romanian Heritage Center
Features a permanent exhibit of Romanian folklore traditions. It also houses a library and a theater.
The Swedish American Museum
Has a permanent exhibit that explores the Swedish immigrant experience in the United States. The museum also hosts Swedish language classes and organizes various cultural events throughout the year.