Best New Midwest Attractions: 2009
Detroit Institute of Arts -- Motown has a new hit: the DIA's six-year, $158 million overhaul, which debuted in late 2007. New galleries cover topics such as African-American art, and an interactive "art of dining" experience lets visitors have a mock meal, 18th-century style, complete with an elegant centerpiece. Some greatest hits remain, too, including Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry murals (left) that fill an indoor courtyard. Admission charged.
Art Institute of Chicago -- Star architect Renzo Piano's monumental new Modern Wing (set to open May 16) boosts the campus' size by one-third. Highlights include a "black box" theater for new media and a third-floor sculpture terrace. A sleek, new pedestrian bridge will shoot over Monroe Street to Millennium Park, offering primo skyline views. Admission charged.
Cleveland Museum of Art -- Last year's reopening of the renovated 1916 main building and East Wing exhibition hall is only the first act in a long production. The museum's full makeover, priced at $350 million, won't wrap up until 2012. Free.