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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  • One of must go places in Chicago and is great for art lovers,seeking historical importance. The three levels of the institute depicts art and sculptures from medieval to modern period, across major...  more »
  • I am an art-museum nerd. If you are too, don’t go through life without spending a day here...a full day. And be well rested. This place is enormous and covers 4 levels. Go early in the day...  more »
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  • This is one of the best museums/galleries I've ever visited. My wife and three young kids LOVED IT. Awesome exhibits. And the staff were wonderful. Well-organized, clean, with multiple eating options. The Terrazzo Piano restaurant provides great food with a wonderful view of the Magnificent Mile. If we could do it again, we would have spent two days here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
  • One of the best museums I've been to. You can find various collections there. Modern art collection I enjoyed the most. Be prepared to come there several times or spend hours if you're art lover. There's lines to enter sometimes, but staff works pretty efficiently, 1$ change for the locker. Good discounts with student ID. Sometimes they have free entrance on Thursday's evenings.
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