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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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Family leisure visit.

I love the feel of openness. And the freedom to roam in and out of different areas. So much to see, and many resting seats.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Channahon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I love the feel of openness. And the freedom to roam in and out of different areas. So much to see, and many resting seats.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

You don't even need to be an art buff to enjoy this museum. It is especially strong on 2oth century art, but also has some amazing work of earlier periods and non-Western art. More than that, the building itself is spacious and interesting so that the exhibition never feels oppressive. This is evidenced by the fact that even pubescent teenagers,... More 

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Surrey,England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We spent a really interesting, informative day at the Art Institute, although at first we both had problems understanding the gallery layouts in the visitor guide. The building layout ay be a bit confusing but the art on display is outstanding. A really wide selection of European and American artists on show. We hired audio guides which we both found... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

So Much to see and so much info to read. Using the instutes app might help, but be warned, until you figure the floor plan out it seems like you've gone down the rabbit hole. Half floors, full floors, oh my. Use Caution, Don't lean to close, the alarm will go off, don't bump the platforms with your foot the... More 

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Sunrise, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

It's advertised as "The World's Best" and there is every reason to believe it. The wealth and magnitude of the exhibits is mind boggling. There is just SO MUCH to view and appreciate. Please put this on your "To Do List" and allow a lot of time to enjoy this wonderful attraction.

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Hamilton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Very large and very encompassing. Exhibits change often but are well thought out. The facilities are very comfortable, the staff very friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

It was the first time I went to Chicago. This museum was one of the best recommended place. I am very happy that I saw there. Every box has another country, century, art, soul etc. I strongly recommend all to visit here. It is worth to wait in a crazy line :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Great works of art - sampling from many of the greats. The map is not so great but the guards were very helpful and some loved to show off their knowledge of the area they were responsible for. That was pretty cool because they would point out stuff I would have missed.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Good collection of early 20 th century European paintings. Large collection of Japanese art but only a small number are on exhibit. Wonderful impressionist collection. Poor Renaissance and Baroque selections. Well worth spending two days in the museum.

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Bangor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Their collection is HUGE, some amazing iconic pieces are here on display. 1 day was not enough to enjoy the entire collection!

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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.