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Art Institute of Chicago

#142 of 7,817 Restaurants in Chicago
#158 of 8,581 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful outside dining

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Feeling a bit peckish, we dropped by the cafe for a quick bite. Everything looked pretty good. I had the tacos, which were large portions for a reasonable price. I tried the chicken and the fish. Both were good. Lots of options in Chicago but if you're there and want a bite, it's a good place to eat.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The choices offered in this cafeteria styled restaurant were incredible. Meeting friends here for lunch allowed us to choose whatever we wanted. Prices were reasonable, especially for Downtown Chicago eateries. Food was well prepared. The best thing were the many choices of cupcakes....and they were delicious! Great place for casual dining. Bar service also available.

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I can't wait to go back since I didn't see as much as I should have. I love impressionism and there are great works in their collection in both the Impressionist section and the new wing. I also LOVED the miniature collection of Mrs. Wad (of Montgomery Ward). The rooms are so incredibly detailed and there is always a view... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful museum! I've visited many museums throughout the world, and this one is for sure, on the top of the list of favorites! Not only is the artwork incredible, but the building itself is amazing.

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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

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

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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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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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.