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The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 15,000+ reviews on the web
Developed from a free art school and gallery started in the 1860s, The Art Institute of Chicago now holds a permanent collection of more than 300,000 artworks. One of its most beloved paintings is George Seurat's Pointillism masterpiece "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte." Exhibits spread over eight buildings include Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, with additional holdings of Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, and industrial and graphic design. Highlights include paintings by American artists Grant Wood and Edward Hopper, as well as Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, van Gogh, and Picasso. The main building itself counts among the city's major landmarks, featuring two bronze lions guarding its main entrance. Check the online calendar for special events and temporary exhibits, which often require separate time-stamped tickets. Save time by purchasing your tickets in advance. Because the museum covers so much ground, it helps to map out exhibits you particularly want to see before you start exploring. Add The Art Institute of Chicago to your Chicago travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chicago itinerary planner.
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  • What else is there to say about this museum. One of the best in the world. So go there! Learn to appreciate art. 
  • It is a missed opportunity to see all kinds of art. We had a great day touring galleries. It is worth visiting this site
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  • A terrific building with a great collection. A variety of great art. My favorites are the Monets and impressionists. The newer modern art wing is a wonderful space. Special exhibits are very popular a...  read more »
  • Gosh, where do I start. This place is amazing. I only saw a third of it due to time and I could have stayed here all day long. If you have limited time like I did, the museum map offers a "Museum Highlights" map to see 12 of their most popular art pieces which was definitely appreciated. I will be back to see everything very soon! I didn't want to leave this place.
  • Avoid if you can. Terrible customer service. We were yelled at by our ticket attendant when trying to find out prices. Had to talk to 3 unhelpful people who would not help us refund our ticket when we weren't happy with how we had been treated. Came to Chicago to see this museum. Such a shameful experience I had to leave because I just wanted to cry.
  • Dears, i don't know where should I start... It's for me the best and greatest museum I ever visited, before Louvre in Paris or National Gallery in London or even before the Metropolitan in New York. There you will find so much culture in different kinds and from all the world's regions but especially the most amazing Impressionism paintings collection in the world! Name the artist and you will find it there! Worth ever ticket entrance penny you will pay! A must visit if you are in Chicago.
  • Thursday night is free: great deal! Bring $1 cash for each bag to check. Great classic works, loved the miniature collection on the lower level, kids actually enjoyed the antique furniture (daughter loved the painted Italian door). I think this tour gave my kids their first peek into the timelessness of art. Fun to see works in real life, which they so frequently find in books and the Web.
  • AMAZING ART MUSEUM. Probably the best art museum in Illinois. Don't just go to the exhibits you see in movies, try out the modern and contemporary sections as well because they are fantastic.
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