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Art Institute of Chicago

#144 of 8,181 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Seating

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Too much to see in one visit

I had no idea how big this museum is, it definitely takes more than one visit to see everything. Nice that it's close to the bean. Map out ahead of time what parts of the museum you want to see

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tina M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had no idea how big this museum is, it definitely takes more than one visit to see everything. Nice that it's close to the bean. Map out ahead of time what parts of the museum you want to see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For tourists a lovely day at the art institute so much to see and learn. For all of us who live here if you have not experienced the art institute lately or ever you need to go and experience this. It gives me a special peaceful calming feeling when I am there. Go see the miniature rooms. They are truly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I have travelled extensively and been to most of the world's top galleries and museums. This one ranks at the top. It is well curated, the staff are friendly and very helpful and the exhibits are excellent! See the Thorne collection....we almost didn't go thinking "miniatures????" and are grateful that we were encouraged to visit it. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Allow as much time as possible. So many gems to be appreciated, you will not be disappointed. if you are limited in time make sure you spend a few minutes looking at the map to ensure you get to see those you most want to see. There are so many pieces of well known art that you will miss out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is a delight - such a lovely location and imaginative food well served at reasonable prices. We really enjoyed the pasta with mushrooms and the lamb burger was moist, light and delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is a very nice restaurant as museum restaurants go. The food and wine are good. The service was very good. And the view was beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The restaurant is wonderful, the menu and food is very imaginative, fresh and flavorful, something for everyone. Cocktails, small plates, wonderful salads, soups, and entrees. Well worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

A true gem of the Chicago experience is the Art Institute of Chicago. An extensive and varied collection leaves you full of a quality art education. The museum is spread out enough that even on a crowded day I never felt squeezed or rushed around the works on display. I can't say enough good things about the staff. They answered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

When I asked friends what to do with one day in Chicago, it was unanimous: The Art Institute. I spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the many galleries, which were all well labeled for both the individual art works and the general history and themes. The Impressionist collection is fabulous! There were knowledgable staff members at every corner, which was helpful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

In the restaurant, don't stop at the first food display. There are several others, astonishing in their variety, freshness, and quality. This is a great place to fortify yourself after the hard work of viewing art upstairs (and this is not a joke -- it takes energy to participate in art).

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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

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  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.