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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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Always a great stop. Ireland exhibit was nice. Blackhawks helmets on the kitties out front was awesome!!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Holland, M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Always a great stop. Ireland exhibit was nice. Blackhawks helmets on the kitties out front was awesome!!!!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The Art Institute is a treasure of so many beautiful pieces. You can spend all day here. My suggestions are: go up close to the paintings (or sculpture etc) to see brush strokes, detail, etc. You will see it in a totally different way. Sunday Afternoon (Seurat) is behind glass (which is unusual) and harder to get close to, to... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Set in a wonderful space and brilliantly lit, this gallery is outstanding. The American artists and impressionist rooms are highlights. Great to see American Gothic and Nighthawks "live".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

so the clouds opened and a fast moving line developed but the wait is worth it. For someone who knows a little about art, the joy of this place was to come across an incredibly famous artist's work casually placed amongst others and then discover a whole lot of new artists to enthuse about. This is a high quality gallery.... More 

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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

One of the best art museums in the United States, the exhibits were outstanding. The building has great architectural appeal. Ate at the cafe in museum, very good. Don't miss the Chicago cultural center across the street.

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Havertown, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

For years I have visited Chicago on business and passed the Art Institute, saying I should go there. This time I finally built in an extra day for sightseeing and this was our first stop. It is a must see. The exhibits are excellent, the facilities wonderful, and the breadth of the collection is breathtaking. Don't do what I did,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This museum is huge and has a lot to look at, but there's also quite a bit of empty space. It was also a little confusing to get around and we came out a different way and had a hard time getting back.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Oh ye of little time... You are ill advised to enter here. My mom and I are not big art people but we went in because it was raining on our first day in Chicago. We are not people who would read all the placards or study anything in detail; even so we were in there for 4 hours! It's... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My daughter chose this spot and we were glad she did. We bypassed the ticket line with our Costco ticket and went straight into the museum. It was amazing...all the different periods were well represented but the museum itself was not overwhelming in terms of its size. We saw almost everything in about two hours and you could spread it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I could spend days here even without the special exhibits that rotate throughout the year. The docents are incredibly helpful and knowledgable. Scheduled free tours, private tours, and tours on your own with headphones are offered along with at least two free apps that can be downloaded onto your smart phone. The galleries flow easily from style to style and... More 

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Additional Information about Art Institute of Chicago

Address: Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6404
Phone Number: 312 443 3600
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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.