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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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Amazing collection March 2015

I was in Chicago for a family event but we all made it a priority to visit the Art Institute. This is a splendid collection of great art. It would take a few days to see it all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I was in Chicago for a family event but we all made it a priority to visit the Art Institute. This is a splendid collection of great art. It would take a few days to see it all. We crammed as much as we could into 2 hours. Even the outside of the building is impressive. There is currently a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Old sculptures, tiny houses, paintings, books, funiture. Lots here for everybody. Worth the stop. Saw it all in 3 hours at a steady pace taking time to look at our favorites. We kinda rushed not knowing what to expect and got here late in day so that we could see it all. 3-1/2 or 4 hours would be ideal next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

What a treat we had today to enjoy some if the world's finest art and artists! There was a paperweight exhibition on and the miniature exhibition is not to be be missed. The highlight was the Impressionist art with some real treats!

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Hudson, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The price was pretty steep, even with the kids being free. We are spoiled by the Cleveland Museum of Art being free! Enjoyed the miniature rooms downstairs - never seen anything like that collection. Sizable collection of impressionists and a few "famous" pieces that even non art enthusiasts may like seeing (including American Gothic, Night hawks, and the huge Seurat,... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The museum has done much to serve all ages. Our little ones made puppets and our eldest completed a European history project. Staff was very helpful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The collection is superb, and the breadth is wonderful except for representation of Canadian art. They manages to have MExican artists represented but no Canadian Art in their "American" collection (misnamed as it included only US and Mexican) but the USA was never very good on geography

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

You probably know that the Art Institute of Chicago has a first-rate collection of Impressionist works. It's also worth noting that the museum also has an excellent collection of Modernist works in addition to excellent collections from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Wish I had more time to spend there - two hours wasn't nearly enough! Oh, and Seurat's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The admission fee is high, but this museum has so many treasures. I went online before I visited Chicago to prioritize what I wanted to see, and which gallery because otherwise you'll miss hidden nooks and crannies. It's worth noting what the special exhibits are, though the security people in the galleries can usually tell you how to get around.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Very good museum, I couldn't believe all the art pieces it has. It also has a couple very good restaurants inside, be ready to walk for hours and be awe at how beautiful pieces they have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Not sure what it is but I always visit when I'm in town. Its a zen thing, its a relaxing, stress free, place to get lost in the different cultures and art on exhibit.

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