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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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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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The Art Institute is a wonderful collection of some of the world's greatest art. Not a place for children, but a cultural experience that can easily take hours to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The Art Institute is a wonderful collection of some of the world's greatest art. Not a place for children, but a cultural experience that can easily take hours to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Wonderful impressionist art collection, and great examples of First Nations and African art, plus acres of other art. Occasional outstanding temporary exhibits. Lovely building with variety of architectural styles and spaces. Restaurants inside museum, as you might expect, are grossly overpriced.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Just awesome to have so much art in one location. Allow yourself 3-4 full days to do it justice. If you want to linger and enjoy truly great works of art, schedule plenty of time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was our first time to the AIC and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It is filled with Monets, Manets, Pisarros, etc. many of which we had never seen. There is also a furniture and housewares section that is outstanding as well. We would definitely go there on our next trip to Chicago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My second visit to Chicago Art Institute was greater than the first in that we had a tour by one of the docents. The museum is large with many exhibits, some permanent and some traveling. It is really not possible to see everything in one trip and without a guide. One of my favorite exhibits is The Minatures showing decorated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

On a recent visit to Chicago, we expected to be impressed. In fact, we were almost overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of the permanent collection. Whether you are going for one of their featured showings, or simply to tour the beautiful building itself, the Institute is up there with the New York Metropolitan Museum, the Tate and, dare I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

There was so much to see that you have mental overload. I loved the Impressionists exhibit. There are world famous artists and paintings in this place. Not a fan of modern art. But they had "American Gothic" and a Jackson Pollack.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I have been to the Louvre and the Uffizi and the Chicago Art Institute has one of the best collections of art in world. It has what I believe is the best collections of impressionist art in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I can't possibly say anything that hasn't already been said about the Art Institute. It's great, it's right there at the heart of downtown.. It has a nice collection. I love impressionists so I always find it quite alluring to visit Art Institute. It reminds one of the quality of Orsay. They have a decent cafe where you can have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I could go on to explain why this place is better than the louve but it would take too much of my time. Just watch Farris Buellers day off.

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