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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
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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
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...

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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Tour and lunch

An icon of art, proud it is in Chicago. Exhibits to see and a lunch place for a classy lunch. Great to show those visiting from out of the City.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Pontiac, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this place it is educational for all ages, and I like that it has once a month free family day, that has different art art craft activities for children.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a beautiful museum. I am used to the St. Louis art museum which is free, thus the reason this museum didn't get 5 starts from me. For me, this was an expensive museum for what it was. It had nice galleries but quite the handful were hard to get around in because of school outings. The impressionist galleries... More 

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Pontiac, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An icon of art, proud it is in Chicago. Exhibits to see and a lunch place for a classy lunch. Great to show those visiting from out of the City.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The musuem was a great way to spend hours reflecting, It has a good Monet collection as well as Van Gogh.You can check bags at the ticket counter, walk from our hotel simple, restaurants abound around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of the best collections of modern art, including leading American as well as European painters and sculptors. And a good eat in Terzo Piano on the 3rd floor.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not a huge art enthusiast but I went with one. It was Ana amazing experience, despite American Gothic not being on display. Just found it impossible to actually see and appreciate everything they have to see in just one day. If you really want to experience everything and not feel in a hurry, maybe plan on a multi-day visit.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent half a day and mainly hit the highlights. It was a very well curated collection-one of my favorites museums

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Art Institute is always a treasure trove of paintings, sculpture, miniatures and more, but even though it's crowded, the day after Thanksgiving is a great day to visit. (Hint: buy an Explorer's Pass Chicago and use one ticket for the museum; it gives a discount plus you go through the easy pass line.) We arrived for the wreathing of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the surprise at this gallery is the depth and breadth of its collection. well laid out it appears bigger than almost any other gallery in the US - allow plenty of time to explore it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing art collection. I can walk around there for a whole day. The gift shop is nice too! A must visit for the art interested tourist in Chicago.

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