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Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
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Ranked #128 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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91 reviews 91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The food selection was stellar and in ample portions. The concept, help yourself cafeteria is good in theory, but in practice, way too busy and wild for senior citizens.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On holiday, I decided to enjoy some art and what a treat! This museum, for its size, has a wonderful selection of Asian, African & American Indian artefacts. The Magritte exhibition was wonderful although very crowded. I had hoped to see American Gothic painting as well as Van Gogh self portrait but alas they were both out on loan to... More

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Orange, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I like the idea of museums but I often get bored. I so enjoyed my time here! I wish we had designated more time to spend here but our weekend was short in Chicago so we left earlier than we wanted. There is a ton of stuff here in this space! The only disappointment was occasional dead-ends and navigating through... More

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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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87 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There's no need to restate all the positive comments about this museum; they are all true. I, personally, was stunned by the extent of this museum and it's true that it rivals the Met in NYC. All the exhibits were extremely well curated and overall I was pleased by the diversity of the collections so there's something for everyone's taste... More

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Chestnut Hill
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We saw a very focussed Rene Magritte exhibition, which ended in 1938.It was fine installation with good explication on the wall labels. After that we roamed through the superb collection of American paintings and decorative Arts of the 18th-20th century. If you go to only one museum in Chicago, this should be the one. Seurat's Sunday afternoon on the Grand... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We ate lunch at the Cafe after a visit to the fabulous Art Institute of Chicago. Don't be fooled though; this is definitely nothing like the cafeteria experience most of us are used to. Nicely laid out food stations - hot entrees, sandwiches, soups, salads, Mexican food and more - are manned by courteous personnel who help you assemble your... More

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La Romana, Dominican Republic
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The pointillism grand daddy, "Sunday on La Grand Jette", a painting that changed the way the world thinks, is here. You will be surprised how large it is, yet simple, like an anthem or poem. Do not miss the Tiffany windows. People from the midwest, like myself, when outsiders laugh at where I am from (Milwaukee, Chicago, Racine, kenosha), we... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Food that is excellent both in appearance and in taste. A treat to the palate and an elegant experience right at the art museum. The prices are a bit high but well worth it.

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Hancock, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We are here after spending the morning at the museum. The selections are vast. There is something for everyone. It was somewhat expensive though. We sat outside and it was a beautiful day by the fountain. Lovely area for lunch.

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Vancouver, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We spent the day at the Art Institute and had lunch there. The food was very good and the staff was very nice. We ate on the patio which was very pleasant. They also had locally brewed Goose Island beer.

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