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The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

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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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  • Recently visited the Art Institute after living in Chicago for 6 years. I was impressed by the scale and quality of the museum. They had great pieces from Picasso, Matisse, Rodin, and other great arti...  more »
  • A popular destination for tourists and locals, this museum covers all kinds of fine art from all over the world with an incredibly vast permanent collection and wonderful rotating special exhibits. On...  more »
  • Do spend the day if there is a special exhibit. The bookstore is excellent and has a variety of things to buy for everyone, especially if they are on your 'Christmas list'. The cafeteria is a bit expe...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great collection of great art! I was traveling from out of town. I left all my bags with bag check for a dollar! It was liberating. Give yourself time to navigate through this museum, there is a lot to see. If you are pressed for time ask a docent to recommend a game plan for you or peek at a map and plot out your route. My favorites were definitely modern art. (It's probably not what you're thinking, you're probably thinking contemporary). I also liked the American romantic. See which genre you like the most. If you're on the way to the airport after its easy to grab a cab outside. Ask your driver to take you to AL's #1 beef for an Italian beef sandwich, it's on the way, you won't regret it.
  • A great place to spend a day, or two. Wonderful blend of indoor and outdoor architecture provide ample space for the numerous collections spanning centuries of art. The gift shops and restaurants are very good, and not "overly in-your-face". Lines can be long, so plan on arriving early, and best to leave ample time to look around. If you've exhausted your art-examining abilities for the day, there are lots of parks, shops and restaurants in the immediate area to kill some time.
  • 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.
  • I focused my time on contemporary art and some of the European. This place is huge and very beautiful. Very nice collections. Perfect for a tourist like myself with good wifi and the restrooms were very clean and fresh.