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Art Institute of Chicago

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Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6404
Phone Number: 312 443 3600
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Today
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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This Classical Renaissance structure, guarded by two bronze lions at its...

This Classical Renaissance structure, guarded by two bronze lions at its entrance, boasts one of the world's great art collections, including the trademark "American Gothic."

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Maybe best art museum in America

I've spent much time at the Met in NYC, the MFA in Boston, the Getty and the LA museum in LA and the Smithsonian. They are all excellent. I can't tell if the Art Institute is... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've spent much time at the Met in NYC, the MFA in Boston, the Getty and the LA museum in LA and the Smithsonian. They are all excellent. I can't tell if the Art Institute is absolutely the best, but it is certainly a contender for the best. Its Grant Wood collection is superb, going far beyond American Gothic. It... More 

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chicago illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

to have this world-class museum in our city. I have decided annual membership is worth every penny. The member lounge, patio, free wifi, entree to special events, etc. multiplies the value of this gem. The museum's central location makes frequent visits so easy. Currently I am "popping" in when I have even a small amount of time and explore a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ran in on a Sunday between business meetings. One of the best In the hemisphere. Always need to look at this to quiet the brain. Even though it was crowded was able to steal a glance at the impressionists and Americans

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So worth it! The mini rooms were the best part. The cafe was delicious. The Monet room I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a world class museum.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful, modern art institute. I went later in the afternoon - around 1pm. It was crowded at that point which was to expected. Pro tip - get there when it opens so you have some time before everyone starts rolling in and you can browse peacefully. I was surprised by how big it was but this is because it houses... More 

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was my daughter's 1st visit to any art galary, and I was very glad she liked it so much. We all had a very good time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Suprisingly, out of all the City Pass locations - the Art Institute of Chicago was my most favorite/fun one! It's so large that it can take a whole day to walk through it. It's located right across Millennium Park, so it's easy access and there's a cool bridge walk way towards the entrance too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want to see it all, you'll need to plan several days for your visit. However, even if you only a a few hours like I did, you'll still get your money's worth. Loved the Chagall windows and so much more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This art museum is spectacular! We spent a good half day here and we didn't even get to every room. Lots of viewing, walking, reading, and the list goes on taking place here. I recommend going as early as possible, as its less crowded. Note that there is usually a line to get inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed viewing all the exhibits on three floors. There was a special exhibit by the artist Kerry James Marshal which was quite enlightening. At the end of the visit we realised there was a free jazz session outdoors so we sat for an hour.... evening was lovely and music was good too.

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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.