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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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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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Best art museum!

Best art museum I've been to. Rivals the Met in NYC. Plan on several hours. Outdoor are is awesome too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Best art museum I've been to. Rivals the Met in NYC. Plan on several hours. Outdoor are is awesome too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This museum has a wonderful collection and the art is well presented and in logical galleries. A little hard to figure out the logistics of finding your way when buildings only intersect on first floor but the guards are friendly and helpful. We ate in the cafe and were well pleased with selection and the price. The cupcake was especially... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

wonderful art that's accessible and wide-ranging. a must-see, even if you're not into art. you'll learn so much and see the world differently

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A lot to see in Chicago. My wife and I had a three day travel past which enable us to see many of the major sites. The river and lake boat ride was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

If you can only go to one place in Chicago, it must be the Art Institute; go once, go twice, go as many times as possible! A trifle pricey and only open for 6 1/2 hours a day, it has world class art of most every kind and type in which you might be interested. You might be able to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A classic and good for kids too. We mostly went for 20thC modern and contemporary work . The collections on display were not huge but an excellent selection. Very helpful staff and there is an (accompanied) kids room with activities so one of us could stay with the kid while the other explored a bit more after the 5yr old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A must stop if you go to Chicago, we went early and so it was not too busy (we also had the Go Chicago Cards which meant that we could skip any line). Definitely see the highlights of Nightstalkers, American Gothic etc but also check out Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein in the Contemporary Art sections.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I am not much of an art fan, but we had a good time at the Institute. Lots of things to see in a lot of different types of art. We stopped by the cafe because it was time to eat and the prices and quality were really outstanding.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We especially enjoyed the Medieval section of the museum and the food in their restaurant was spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Definitely one of my favorite art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago has one of the most varied and finest collections of art pieces in one place. Breathtaking pieces as well as unusual ones - my favorite being The Impressionist Collection - make sure you have enough time to make it worthwhile. The staff and volunteers are helpful and knowledgeable... More 

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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.