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. Before you head to Chicago, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Chicago trip maker tool , to make sure you see all that Chicago has to offer, including The Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • Beautiful paintings of renowned painters, impressive armor, incredible miniatures of rooms
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  • Beautiful museum, one of the most beautiful and organized I have ever visited in the world. It's worth a visit. Recommend.
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  • Fabulous, a collection that is fit for any major city. A lot to take in and maybe one day is not long enough, but if you love art you will find something here to enthral you.  more »
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  • Was hot inside...maybe because so many people. Most of the employees in the galleries were well informed of the history of the artwork....one not so much. Said she knew nothing about the artwork. Guess it was just a job for her. Was not easy to negotiate a route whereby you could visit all the galleries without backtracking. The selection of art work was tremendous. Well lit galleries. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Highly recommend the Art Institute.
  • A lot of different styles of art. If you're looking for Dutch, Belgian or other European painters, this is a very good place to see some of their best work. The museum is a beautiful mix of old and new art. The museum contains different small rooms what gives you the chance to admire everything in silence. Best way to enter the museum is to use the "New" entrance because the waiting line is much shorter at this side.
  • Truly a world class museum. I've lived in Chicago all my life and have visited this museum more times that I can count, but I always feel I see something new. It's also a place where you wander around and think 'wow! How did Chicago get all these incredibly famous pieces.' these are precess if are you learn about in school and see on the internet, but I'm person they are even more incredible when you get up close and see each brush stroke or dot on canvas. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the museum. Highly recommend to tourists or lifetime Chicago residents!
  • I was never a fan of museum until I set foot in this world class and really like a jaw dropped Art Institute of Chicago. As I walk around this huge compilation of world’s best art pieces of different kind, I smile that I said yes! Entrance fee is beyond worth in experiencing this place. It seems like I was in different countries savouring while being amazed with their history, culture, arts and people behind all of this pieces. Every little details is at its finest! I think this is the best museum I ever visited. I never get tired of walking because I enjoyed every sections they offer! A top notch and a must visit in Chicago! I really appreciate all of what this humble place offers. The best! And high five for making me say “wow” all the time while inside. I will really go back here! Also, please take note! Allot one day to experience and be mesmerized by this place. ❤️
  • This was a great place. However the staff was not very friendly. We toured on our own. There was only one young man that spoke to us about one of the pieces there (the huge lock with the Snow white and dwarfs). In talking to some others in another one of our groups, no one spoke to them either. So definitely recommend for the staff to be a little friendly.
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