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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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+1 312-443-3600
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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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First Museum Visit

I have never been to a museum before so I didn't know what to really expect. I went with my daughter and she thought it was amazing. She said that it was as good as one of the... read more

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Brandon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have never been to a museum before so I didn't know what to really expect. I went with my daughter and she thought it was amazing. She said that it was as good as one of the ones that she went to in New York. So if you are into museums, I guess this one is pretty good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There's so much here for everyone. All kinds of art, the incredible collection of miniature rooms, and two great gift shops. We all enjoyed it, even our son who told us in advance "it will be awful."

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum offers a stunning, varied collection of magnificent works of art from many periods. A whole room of Monets? Add in Picasso, Warhol, Matisse, Renoir and many others. Wow! You can spend a full day wandering through the beautiful building or take advantage of the museum's list of what to see if you have only an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You'll find a world class museum right here in the heart of downtown Chicago with a good collection of Impressionist, American, Modern, European, and Ancient art. This Museum competes with the MET and other similar institutions. I enjoyed it very much. Your highlights are a Picasso from his blue period, Seurat's Sunday Afternoon, Degas, Pissaro, Renoir, El Greco's Ascension, Chagall's... More 

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We got there at the valet space to park because it's easier with a big family to walk few steps to the entrance doors. There had a big new addition building at the rear. Modern and bright. Very interesting to visit. We had our lunch in the lower level. Plenty to choose meal. We will go back again because we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, and I was ready to see the vast collection of impressionists. I was not disappointed. Van Gogh, Gaugin, Latrec were all there. Rodin and Degas (although not the originals) had joined the painters as well. I spent most of my time there, fascinated by the abundance of great art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Start with your must see exhibits. The place is huge! Centered downtown. Within walking distance from many hotels.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My fiancée and I decided to visit Chicago in the winter. Heck yes, you should go in the winter. Why? Because in your one life, don't you want to know what a real Midwestern winter feels like in one of the most architecturally beautiful cities on Earth? I mean, you know it's legendary, don't you want to feel the legend?... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a member of The Art Institute of Chicago, I can pop in solo or with my hubby or guest at any given time. Chicagoland is very fortunate to have this collection of art on display. This visit I only spent about 90 minutes, but I was able to view two paintings that were new to me . Do not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow, we absolutely loved this museum. The collection of art works was amazing. We went through the museum pretty quickly because we had other plans, but you could easily spend all day here. Also, if you have the opportunity to speak with an employee named Barbara Webster, do it. She provided us with some awesome information about a few select... More 

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Downtown / The Loop
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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