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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, 159 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603
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10:30 - 17:00
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Thu 10:30 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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See why the Art Institute of Chicago is the only museum in the world to be...

See why the Art Institute of Chicago is the only museum in the world to be top-ranked by TripAdvisor four years in a row! Experience the greatest Impressionist collection outside Paris, and view contemporary masterpieces in the spectacular Modern Wing. Stand before classics like Nighthawks, and travel the globe through galleries devoted to the art of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas.

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USD 35.00*
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My favorite place in Chicago

The art institute is amazing. I love spending an afternoon here wandering the different exhibits. For a few years, I spent most weekends in Chicago and would always come to spend... read more

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The art institute is amazing. I love spending an afternoon here wandering the different exhibits. For a few years, I spent most weekends in Chicago and would always come to spend 2-3 hours looking at their permanent and rotating exhibits. There was always something new to see. At $90, an annual membership was a great deal as a ticket for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum has everything and anything. Give yourself a whole day and then some to be able to see all of it. They have contemporary, American, Greek, Asian, Photography, VanGoghs portrait, Monet, Warhol, you name it. Unfortunately, American Gothic is not on display currently until June 2017 but they have numerous works of arts to make up for it. Definetly... More 

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is apparently America second biggest art museum, after the Met. A charming docent spent time explaining and showing where we might go and how it's laid out. All kinds of art - old Asian to modern American to impressionists and photography. The coolest thing we saw were the Thorne miniature rooms. Tiny rooms like in doll houses but carefully... More 

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Derry, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

absolutely wonderfu, informational, beautiful, exciting,knowledgable, just nice to walk around and see all the different arts

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Any visit to Chicago should include a visit to the Art Institute whose amazing Renaissance collection along with the new Modern Wing are must see attractions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a marathon to go through the entire collection in one day. There are so many famous pieces of art housed here. It really is an incredible collection.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My only regret is that I didn't have more time to go through it in greater detail. Definitely will carve out more time my next trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you happen to be in Chicago on a Thursday you can enter the museum for free after 5pm. I love the collections that this museum houses. It's a treat for art lovers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The amount of fine art and culture contained within this building, in the heart of Chicago, makes this place worth a visit. My husband, daughter and I enjoyed the day here and still did not see everything. Get there early and enjoy lunch or wine while you venture through time, viewing some of the world's most famous art pieces. Worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is awesome. One of he best I've been in. I only had a couple hours as I was in Chicago on business, and it wasn't enough time to see all the wonderful artwork. Please give yourself at least four hours. I had to rush through a lot of it.

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Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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