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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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  • If you are in Chicago for a day, then waste not by visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. It is one of my favorite art museums. I've heard people say that it is one of the best in the world. If you ge...  more »
  • Be prepared to have your senses tingled. This place is beyond lovely. There is truly something that will inspire everyone.  more »
  • We are members, and visit quite often when we are not traveling. One of the world's great art museums.  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing. Worth every penny and more. For those of you out of town, save your money and buy standard tickets. They won't let you in with a large bag (for good reasons), so you'll be waiting in line anyways. The coat check and ticket purchase counters are in the same hallway off to the left. As for the collection, simply breathtaking. I had no issues with people being respectful. They all seemed to be there for the very same reason I was; to enjoy art and culture. Worth going here, if you don't do anything else in Chicago.
  • Amazing museum with something for everyone. My son loved the ancient Roman sculpture, my wife loved the Asian art and I enjoyed the modern art. The only downside, the ticket prices are a little expensive. BTW- look closely at Picasso's The Guitarist. He painted a portrait of his mother on the canvas and when it didn't sell, he covered over it with the new painting. However, you can still see remnants of the original painting underneath. The eyes of his mother appear just above the Guitarist's neck
  • Simply could not believe how many objects of art this museum has. Awesome experience. You're gonna need more than one day to go through it. And a plan. Definitely a plan. You could get lost. No joke. But it'd be worth it.
  • Great art gallery (and I'm not even that into art normally!) So many wonderful works from famous artists like Monet, Renoir and Rodin. You probably need longer than a day to explore the whole gallery thoroughly but if you just want some of the highlights, you could do it in the afternoon. Use the guide map to see where the famous art works are (back page).
  • This is probably only second to the Met in NY as far as art museums in the US go. The collection of impressionist paintings is incredible. Set aside plenty of time...my wife and I didn't get there until about 2pm and they close at 5. We rushed through, but couldn't quite see everything...and we definitely could've spent more time in many rooms. This is a must see in Chicago. My wife isn't a big art fan, but even she really enjoyed herself. If you know anything about art history, you'll see dozens of famous paintings by many of the masters.