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Art Institute of Chicago

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Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6404
Phone Number: 312 443 3600
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This Classical Renaissance structure, guarded by two bronze lions at its...
This Classical Renaissance structure, guarded by two bronze lions at its entrance, boasts one of the world's great art collections, including the trademark "American Gothic."
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From French Impressionism to Modern American, the Art Institute of Chicago has everything. My favourites - the Impressionists were well presented, with much easier lighting to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

From French Impressionism to Modern American, the Art Institute of Chicago has everything. My favourites - the Impressionists were well presented, with much easier lighting to view than at La Louvre. A great feel and extremely helpful attendants. Go for a few hours or for the day. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The Art Institute of Chicago has an amazing collection of art spanning several centuries and originating from diverse spots all over the globe. A great place to inspect true masterworks up close.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Not an overly large museum with a limited number of pieces. They have a large sign that proclaims them as a tripadvisor rated best museum in the world! Sorry Louvre! Really! The Art Institute did make for a very pleasant afternoon. I strongly recommend. Be cautious, the signage and site maps are rather confusing.

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Champaign, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

If you are a big fan of impressionism, this is a place worth visiting. You can see all the big name's pieces, including Monet, Van Gogh, etc.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous building with many great permanent pieces (don't miss the Thorne Rooms), as well as special exhibits, and a nice gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is an outstanding museum. You could spend a week here and not see everything. Their visitor guide is fantastic, allowing you to determine what amazing works you want to see and prioritize your visit. We had limited time. In an hour we saw American Gothic, Hopper, Renoir, Monet, Cassett, the Van Gogh self-portrait and Georgia O'Keeffe. The cafe is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This was an amazing place. We only had about 2 hours and it was not nearly enough time. I would love to go back and spend a couple of days there. I had my 10 year old daughter with me and she basically remained interested. She enjoyed seeing all of the artists that she had studied in school and liked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

It was cheaper for us to become members and now we will be going back to see more of the museum as we had limited time. It was a little difficult to find certain areas of the museum as it is huge and some of the volunteers/workers didn't have good information about that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I certainly wouldn't describe myself as an art lover by any means, but it's hard not to be impressed by this museum. The sheer number of pieces they have there is incredible. For a true art connoisseur, you could easily spend an entire day there. We were there for about 2.5-3 hours. For a true "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" experience... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Could've been a little more organized - more famous painting highlighted. "Top 10 things to see" listed on back of the map was helpful.

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.