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Art Institute of Chicago

#81 of 7,760 Restaurants 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 - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch

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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafeteria on lower level does an excellent job.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Susan S
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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130 reviews 130 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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Florida Keys, Florida
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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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Orlando, Florida
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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
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.