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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
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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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Amazing Museum

The Art Institute is an amazing museum! There are numerous pieces that everyone in the family knew, and the variety available is terrific. My kids loved it.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The Art Institute is an amazing museum! There are numerous pieces that everyone in the family knew, and the variety available is terrific. My kids loved it.

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University Heights
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The scope of the art works here is breathtaking! Don't leave town - even if you're not the artsy type - without visiting.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Good day out if it's raining or too cold outside. Really worth more then 1 visit. Only bad thing is cafeteria closes too early.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was there in the off-season meaning there were a few sections being renovated, but in 4 hours, I barely had time to go through once (and I am sure I missed some great pieces). The contemporary and modern art sections were absolutely mind-blowing! Easily one of the best museums I have ever been to.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great Museum for everybody loves Art. I have seen museums in Western & Eastern Europe and USA and Art Institute of Chicago is definitely one of the best!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Chicago Art Institute has a world class art collection and is worth multiple visits. The collection is much too big to see in one trip. In addition to well known highlights of 19th and 20th century European and American painting (think Georges Seurat and Edward Hopper), the basement has interesting photography shows. There is a lot for kids to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time walking around looking at all the exhibitions the mummy mummification exhibition is great I recommend this place

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Courtland, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just impressive....a great way to spend the day in Chicago. This is one of the best art museums I have visited.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love art even a little bit - the Art Institute of Chicago is not to be missed. The collection of Impressionist art is outstanding. Only the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia can top it when it comes to Impressionism. But only in Chicago can you see the iconic Seurat - "Sunday in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the best collections of the impressionists anywhere in the world. Amazing Monet, Renoir, Degas, the beautiful study in pointillism by Seurat. The new modern wing is terrific as well. The atmosphere is wonderful. This is a must see attraction for any visit to Chicago.

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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.