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Art Institute of Chicago

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111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
312-443-3530
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Thu 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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  • 80
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  • 31
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  • 7
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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
After an amazing visit to one of the best museums , one of the best museum cafeterias

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

What an amazing collection of work. I spent 2 hours there on my own whilst my husband was in a conference and I could have spent much longer. I downloaded the app onto my iPhone and chose a tour. The layout can get quite confusing as the floors only connect on the first floor (ie ground floor for fellow Brits)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

One of the best collections of impressionists in the world. There are also lots of other worthwhile galleries, but the Monets are off the charts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great place to rest for a little. Very good food. One of the most beautiful museum's restaurant I have seen. I definitely recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Old sculptures, tiny houses, paintings, books, funiture. Lots here for everybody. Worth the stop. Saw it all in 3 hours at a steady pace taking time to look at our favorites. We kinda rushed not knowing what to expect and got here late in day so that we could see it all. 3-1/2 or 4 hours would be ideal next... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The layout was a bit confusing, but once you realize it's a "station" buffet it's easily managed. I wasn't terribly hungry so I was very happy that I could order a single taco. It was quite good and hit the spot. My hubby ordered Irish Stew which he enjoyed. There is something for everyone and those around us seemed to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My friend and I each had the combo of half sandwich and half salad. The vegetable sandwich on country bread had an ample portion of portobello, spinach, other veg and cheese. I had the green bean and potato nicoise salad and she had the multi colored beet salad. Both were delicious and with drink the total was under twenty dollars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You've heard the accolades about collection and curation, but the whole experience adds up to one of the best afternoons ever. As alumni of the saic we never miss an opportunity to visit. This St Patrick's day we purused the museum and toasted with a Guiness from the cafe. Best use use of an afternoon ever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

As everyone knows the main draw here is the Pointillism painting by Seurat, It's a great experience to see the original up close in person. But apart from this painting, the institute also offers many other well known and great works of art for one's leisurely viewing. Other artists like Paul cezanne and Claude Monet's works were also on display.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Wonderful art. varied mediums. Best museum cafe we've been to. Entire staff friendly and helpful. Well laid out and the app was good

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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.