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Art Institute of Chicago

#107 of 7,790 Restaurants in Chicago
#121 of 8,552 Places to Eat in Chicago
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111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
312-443-3530
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Today
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch

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  • 86
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  • 34
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 3
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Impressionist Exhibit

We spent an entire day here, and were not able to see everything! They have a very large collection of impressionist paintings, as well as a building dedicated to modern art. Really enjoyed the 10 item must see list that they provide when you enter. Museum staff were very helpful in providing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We spent an entire day here, and were not able to see everything! They have a very large collection of impressionist paintings, as well as a building dedicated to modern art. Really enjoyed the 10 item must see list that they provide when you enter. Museum staff were very helpful in providing directions to the different areas of the museum.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

As a special event restaurant, the joint was jumping on Saturday afternoon. The food was tasty and the desert was divine. The execution was very bumpy and two diners waited at least 10 minutes after everyone else for their food. The real star was the absolutely impressive setting, on the third floor of the Art Institute. Could have been overwhelming... More 

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing museum where you can spend and entire day just looking at the great variety of art pieces they offer, but in particular those related to Native Americans and American artists which is a lot more excting when you are coming from Europe.

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Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The Art Institute has a modern and well-executed cafe in the basement. There are food stations for various types of food. We noticed that most people were in such a hurry, they stopped at the first food station, the ordinary-looking sandwiches. Luckily, another patron walked by with a large plate of moist salmon and mac and cheese, so I looked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Most museum cafes I have been to have poor to fair food and is very expensive. The food here is dynamite and it is reasonable. For two entrees, two desserts, and two drinks we spent less than $30. The lamb burger is delicious; try it!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Quick, healthful, good selection and well prepared. We had salmon with broccolini and a parsnip puree. They also had plenty of salads, sandwiches, pizza and soup available. AND although it is a cafeteria, they provide real dishes and flatware and glasses: a welcome change from the typical plastic/styrafoam/paper offerings at many similar places. While in the Art Institute enjoying great... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

yes, go to the museum but only eat there if you are starving. it is not a great spot to eat considering all the good the restaurants available in Chicago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Even though it was the midst of a blizzard and we visited, we would still have chosen to visit on a gorgeous summer day. This place is AMAZING and So worth a visit. We were awed by the many areas to visit and the variety. I have been to many museums over the world and will always recommend this one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The food choices were as bright and vibrant as the art on the wall. We had a great lunch here and it was well priced. Our group of 7 all enjoyed this meal before venturing through the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

After an amazing visit to one of the best museums , one of the best museum cafeterias offers at the ground level a variety of gorgeus food in a relaxing atmosphere at a low price. Strongly recomended also if you are not hungry . PS Prefer this instead of the expensive "Terzo Piano" restaurant, magnificent view , nothing more

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Additional Information about Art Institute of Chicago

Address: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
Phone Number: 312-443-3530
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
Cuisine: American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: 312-443-3530

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
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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Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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Downtown / The Loop
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.