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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: 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: 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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dont miss this amazing museum

this is a world class museum - easy to overlook if you are in Chicago for business -- really worth even just a few hours -

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is a world class museum - easy to overlook if you are in Chicago for business -- really worth even just a few hours -

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Poor guy got shot right on Michigan avenue at 7:30 last night. He was coming from a wine tasting and the local animal shot him and rode away on a bicycle. Do you feel lucky?

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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had some time by myself in Chicago while my husband was at a conference and this was a lovely way to spend several hours. The Institute has 3 floors so there is a lot of cultural items to explore. I started on the top floor and worked my way down. Renting the headset was a good idea - it... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a wonderful museum! So many things to see, plan at least three hours. But you could easily spend more time than that. Don't miss the impressionist wing!! Highly recommend to everyone. Easy layout and even good eats. Enjoy!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Trip Advisor Signs in the front door say this was the Best Museum in the World multiple times. Really? The voters need to visit more museums. Don't get me wrong, it does tick a lot of boxes in terms of big names both new, old and older and some lovely pieces. However, there are no show stopping pieces like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a jewel of a museum for art lovers situated in Milleninium Park. Great to be inside and in the outer surrounding area.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is always a must see for me when I visit Chicago. This time I was most disappointed. The exhibits were small and lacking and not well curated.

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Huntington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a short amount of time for our visit, but it was well worth it. One added bonus is that the museum had valet parking for a reasonable fee. We had lunch in the cafe in the modern wing, which was cafeteria-style and again reasonably priced. The guides were helpful to us in finding the masterpieces we especially wanted... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had not been to the Art Institute of Chicago in several years and I was amazed at the quality of the new acquisitions. The collection has such breadth and quality in so many areas. The large collection of impressionist paintings is a must see.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to see all types of art, no matter your preference. There are also artifacts which are interesting. From well-known to little-known artists, it's not only wonderful to see a beautiful collection like this, but educational. As with any museum or institute, wear your walking shoes and plan on a minimum visit of 3-4 hours, depending... More 

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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.