Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603| Map |
The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is a fine art museum with one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its holdings also include significant American art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, Asian art and modern and contemporary art.
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Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603| Map
Hours: Mon-Wed 10:30 am - 5 pm, Thu 10:30 am - 8 pm, Fri-Sun 10:30 am - 5 pm
Price: Adults: $18; Children, Students & Seniors: $12; Children under 14: Free
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If you're currently in Chicago for any reason and you haven't been here, you need to hop on the next Brown line and get with the program. I love the Art Institute and that really means something coming from me because I'm more into science and hands on exhibits than I am hanging art. I have lived in Chicago for three years and the Art Institute keeps drawing me back. The modern wing is beautiful and could take up an entire afternoon alone. Some Thursday nights throughout the year they have free admission. Even if you do have to pay for admission the value is great. Admission is much cheaper than several other Chicago tourist hotspots. It is very easy to get lost so don't' attempt to rush into it and operate ...
This might be the most relaxing place in the city...you can get lost in the museum and if you really want to have some alone time (even on the busiest days), you can definitely find a little used corner to sit and relax. I have been visiting the museum since I was a kid and have always loved it. The special installations are done amazingly well. I usually have to drop by the Impressionists, but my favorite painting is by Seurat (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte)...probably since we had a print in my living room as a kid. In any case, a stop in the Thorne rooms is also a must! Running the gamut of all styles of art and sculpture (and yay - furniture and Art Deco!), this is definitely a m...
Awesome museum nearby the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park! The place is massive (Le Louvre is the only place I've been too that larger..so far), multistory, and can consume you and your time like a fat kid with cake! Came here with limited time and followed the back of the visitor guide's "If you only have an h...