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Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6404
312 443 3600
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As featured in 3 days in Chicago
Ranked #1 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This Classical Renaissance structure, guarded by two bronze lions at its entrance, boasts one of the world's great art collections, including the... more » Owner description: 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." « less
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Varied and interesting collection Location easily accessible Great rainy day activity Even has a wonderful restaurant

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Lethbridge
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

an excellent collection in a great setting. The building is well laid out and presents the art to its best advantage.

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Great for adults, not so sure that children would enjoy it. The staff were most helpful and we enjoyed a nice lunch there.

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Edmonton, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Make sure you spend at least 2 days there to see it all...art works you won't see elsewhere...great little restaurants too...

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I visited during a day long tour of Chicago and obviously had little time to do it justice. I used this as one of my hop off options with Chicaho Trolly. I was able to get a senior rate plus the $2 coupon from the Trolly. The lines to purchase tickets were very long, however to my surprise they moved... More

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I love the Art Institute. Iconic pieces (Nighthawks, American Gothic), great variety (impressionists, folk art, furniture, Byzantine, Asian, and much more), great cafés when you need a walking break, in a museum that is easily doable in a single day's visit. D'Orsay is my all time fave, but this one ranks in my top three. DON'T MISS the collection of... More

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Boston Metro
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. Exquisite works of art of all styles and periods.

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a MUST see for Chicago visitors. It's free on Thursday. Plan to spend plenty of time - there's also a nice eatery.

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

An extraordinary collection ... wish I'd had a week just for this museum. The Modern Art wing is not to be missed. Extensive collection of Impressionists, especially Monet.

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Chickamauga, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The collection was phenomenal! I had not researched it prior to going. Wow, what a great place to spend the afternoon! The building is set up to meander around, so leave plenty of time. They do offer student discounts! Go....just go!M! It is great!

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