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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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Maybe the best museum in the world

I've been going for years. I am a real sucker for Impressionism ant there isn't a better collection anywhere... Seurat, Caillebotte, Monet, Van Gogh. Awesome. Also great modern... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I've been going for years. I am a real sucker for Impressionism ant there isn't a better collection anywhere... Seurat, Caillebotte, Monet, Van Gogh. Awesome. Also great modern American. With the expansion a few years ago a lot of decorative art is on display which really helps put paintings in context. You can explore for days. Oh, and really nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

AIC is one of those places in Chicago where one can always have a wonderfully sublime good time. If one is no in hurry it is great to explore the exhibits and then have a very tasty lunch at the cafeteria. Summer, Spring and Fall when the outdoor courtyard is open is terrific to seat outside enjoy the good weather... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I have visited the Art Insitute many times. I am a member of the Art Institute and have found that membership often pays for itself on the first show. I would also recommend the city pass if you plan on visiting other high points like the Sed Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The Chicago Art Institute is one the top museums in the country.Its collection include Chagal,Cortor,Marshall and is not to be missed. Its a beautiful way to spend "quite time" and a lovey afternoon or evening. It has a great resturant and some nights in the summer they have jazz in the garden. The modern wing it not to be missed.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I've been to many NYC museums. Chicago Art Institute is outstanding and should not be missed. Amazing works. Easy to navigate. Nice snack bar. Right on the lake.

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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I see why this is rated the #1 attraction by Trip Advisor patrons and one of the top museums anywhere. It is fabulous! Be sure to alot sufficient time when you go; there is so much to see. We went on a Thursday when they stay open until 8:00 p.m. so we had extra time to explore the museum. I... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

If you appreciate art this is the place in Chicago. Impressionist art is fabulous. Had nice lunch in upscale dining room.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I love this museum. Don't wait in line - get a membership! They have special attractions that change periodically that offer earphones with pre-recoded lectures. They are a can't miss. If you go twice a year, your membership typically pays for itself. You can find something for everyone here (if you are an art lover). One day is never enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Some of the exhibit halls had the heat turned up too high for the season. Long lines at coat check in with not sufficient personnel to accommodate the influx of visitors.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I don't care for museums of any kind but the art museum was nice. You can get the self guided tour narration on your smart phone using their app.

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