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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, 159 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603-6404
Phone Number: +1 312-443-3600
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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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See why the Art Institute of Chicago is the only museum in the world to be top-ranked by TripAdvisor four years in a row! Experience the greatest Impressionist collection outside Paris, and view contemporary masterpieces in the spectacular Modern Wing. Stand before classics like Nighthawks, and travel the globe through galleries devoted to the art of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas.

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Great collection

Makes a great visit and all the more so on Thursday evenings from 5-8 when there is no charge to enter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Makes a great visit and all the more so on Thursday evenings from 5-8 when there is no charge to enter.

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Smyrna, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I were eager to visit this museum. It did not disappoint. We started in the Asian Art collection and walked our way through Japanese and Central Asian art from gorgeously woven bowls to delicate enameled and articulated pieces and by stone carvings of bodhisatvas and Buddahs. One of the security guards even encouraged us to take a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Art Institute for two specific exhibits. The Neapolitan Creche and the latest Photography exhibit. From what I understand, the Creche exhibit is only open for viewing for about 40 days during the Holiday season. It is worth the trip just to see this exhibit. The photography exhibit was unique and thought provoking.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always a treat to visit such an outstanding museum and even though there were no special exhibits, it is still worth a visit. The Chicago Architecture, Paperweights, and Miniature Exhibits were wonderful. We ate in the restaurant which we had never done and it was outstanding.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great art, easy access and coat check, nice choices for lunch. Staff very helpful with questions and directions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Art Institute of Chicago has a dizzying array of fantastic art upon which to gaze. You can easily lose yourself for an entire day here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful collection of impressionists the best Picasso and Chagal I have seen! The Chagal stain windows were amazing. Don't forget to see the Tiffany ceiling in the auditorium-if possible!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to a number of galleries, but the Art Institute of Chicago's collection is more extensive and of a higher quality then any I have seen in North America. If you are an fan of impressionism then this is a must see, but the whole gallery is impressive.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the best museums i have ever went to. the place where big and a lot of things to see. I took me around 2 hours to finish the museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

everyone has different art taste - this is the place for you, such a wide range of art. My family liked different sections. My wife like the miniature rooms, my daughters liked the American classics and I was into Andy W. There are a million people so can get annoying, they have lockers and audio piece that is helpful. Budget... More 

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