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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 362 attractions in Chicago
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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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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Give yourself the whole day! Truly a memorable experience! La Grande Jatte and the contemporary galleries were worth the price of admission alone!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I've been to MOMA, the Met, the Louvre, the Guggenheim, Albert and Victoria....and I always maintain that the Art Institute of Chicago can hold its own among them. Love it. It's a must see, especially for its collection of Impressionism. Such a peaceful and regal place in the heart of a great city.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Art Institute is a must-see when visiting Chicago. It is hard to say anything more about the top-rated attraction, so I'll just add a few tips: Learn about the history of the building before going. The Art Institute is one of Chicago's finest architectural masterpieces and has a lot of history and meaning within it. Pick an artist or... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Whether or not you are an art fan, if you are in Chicago there is really no excuse not to go. One of the great museums in the U.S. Outstanding gift shop as well. Enough said. Just go!

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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

There was so much to see. My husband and I wish that we had more time. You really should dedicate an entire afternoon in order to see everything. Great experience.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Wow, do you really need a TripAdvisor review to convince you that the Art Institute is fabulous? OK then, IT IS. We've been to a few dozen of America's and Europe's art museums, and Chicago's offering remains high on the list of favorites. We recently enjoyed a full day there, which included lunch in their terrific restaurant. Highest marks and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

You will see paintings you've known most of your life. Seeing them up close and personal is astonishing. And there are always wonderful special exhibitions. Coming to Chicago without hitting this place (absolute minimum half a day) is a crime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I live in Chicago and brought a few out of town friends and they...along with myself...were blown away! We went to see the Art and Fashion exhibit, and were overwhelmed! Absolutely a must stop for anyone coming to Chicago

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Wonderful vast collection of the world's art expressions in an intimate, compact setting. And in the middle of the best of the city.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The Art Institute is a must see in Chicago. Literally in the heart of the city of Chicago, the world of art is within walking distance, or just a bus or train ride away. Leave plenty of time in your schedule as it could take you all day and more to go through this expansive facility. If you get tired,... More

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