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Art Institute of Chicago

#113 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
#130 of 8,616 Places to Eat in Chicago
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111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
312-443-3530
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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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  • 12
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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
Great atmosphere.

If you, as me, love the art, you will also adore this place. We eat Great food, at cool venue, in middle of everything. Super place to rest for a while.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Katherine M
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

If you, as me, love the art, you will also adore this place. We eat Great food, at cool venue, in middle of everything. Super place to rest for a while.

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Multiple restaurants at the Art Institute offer a surprising variety of food options as well as a quality unexpected in a cafeteria type setting. No need to 'brown bag' it here!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Renaissance paintings are my favorite, though Abstract Art seems to be the "In" for today. The Art Institute of Chicago has good collections of both Renaissance and Abstract, as well as New Art. Fine Art at its best is what you will expect to find here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Wow! Spent an afternoon with the family taking in the sights. There was something here for everyone. Interactive, classics, historic and the ancient. Cultural pieces from around the world. A small cafe in the middle was a nice break that offered drinks, sandwiches and coffee.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My friend and I visited on a beautiful day and enjoyed the outside sunshine while dining. The food was excellent, small portions and a bit pricey.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We ate at the third floor restaurant and had a lamb burger with fries and a salad and both were very good. The service was also good. The ambience was nice with a lovely terrace nearby and great for photos.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Lots of choices for re-fueling make the Cafe a must-visit part of the Art Institute experience. The dining area is bright and cheery and offers both a full-service and coffee bar. Work up your appetite in the galleries, then head for the gourmet Cafe!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Tasty Sunday brunch and surprising empty. No line. Waiter says it takes a while to fill up on Sundays, so head down at a leisurely pace. The challah French toast was great. It's not cheap in absolute terms (think Dunkin) but surprisingly inexpensive compared to a crummy hotel breakfast.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This museum has the greatest collection of Impressionist art outside of the Louvre as well as art from the last nearly 2000+ years. I love the Thorne Rooms and their depiction of living quarters throughout the centuries. The Modern Wing is not to be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Truly impressive. I only had espresso at the bar, which by the way serves all libations.....a nice touch for a museum.

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Restaurant Details

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.