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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

One of the BEST art museums in the world...Impressionism? *check* Renaissance? *check* South Asian? *yep* Modern?....it's all here. I take my high school classes here every year on a tour and then just let them wander to take it all in. Inevitably, *every year*, no one wants to leave. The students all find something that just entrances them. You will,... More

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Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The Art Institute of Chicago never disappoints. I use to know the museum quite well, as I toured students through it, but that was a long time ago. This time we came specifically to see Paris Street: Rainy Day after its restoration. When we were able to pull ourselves away from Caillebotte's masterpiece, we toured ALL the galleries, including the... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

My favorite place in Chicago! I love the collection and the sensational exhibits that come to the museum. No trip to Chicago is every complete without going to the Art Institute.

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Nantwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Lovely building in its own right; we spent half a day there and only scratched the surface of the collections. Nice outdoor eatery, but big queues around lunchtime (not surprising really!) Very helpful staff regarding ticketing for the special exhibition that was on when we visited - the Magritte was beautifully exhibited.

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Corinth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I have to admit that I'm not a qualified art critique. Who decides its art? But I did enjoy the Renoir. Impressionist area. My time was very limited but I loved the grounds around the museum as much as the art inside. The building is AWSOME.

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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

2nd largest exhibit of impressionist artists in the world. Loved it! Also caught a special Rene Magritte exhibit!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best galleries/museums in the world. Be prepared to give it more than a single day if you want to truly fully explore what it has to offer. The impressionist collection is not bettered anywhere outside Paris, and the modern/contemporary collections tell the story of the 20th century better than nowhere else. Add to this some... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

the best place to appreciate art (in my opinion) in the country. i have been to all the major spots and this is it. could spend DAYS in here wondering around looking at all the master pieces. be prepared for a long day here!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

An absolute must for fans of major art museums. The museum has an enormous collection, but everything is displayed well and you won't feel overwhelmed if you pace yourself. I epsecially liked the contemporary and modern art sections. The walkway/bridge from Millenium Park is also impressive. Just a wonderful way to spend a few hours!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The Art Institute is well worth a visit. Located next to Millennium Park, this is a lovely and extensive collection of all kinds of art - pieces of furniture, jewelry, porcelain, sculpture, painting, photography and more - from ancient to modern times, and from all parts of the world. Plan to spend many hours wandering through the various rooms. Staff... More

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