The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: Grant Park
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  • Sandra H
    89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must do experience
    Fantastic - downloaded the app and did the tour, really enjoyable experience. We liked our first day visit so much, we went back for a second visit the next day - so much to see. Great lunch inthe Market.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • doctor869
    Tucson, Arizona7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful art
    Great Van Gogh exhibit and regular Impressionist exhibit. Legible information high enough on the walls to read. Beautiful Chagall glass windows. Small but excellent specimens in Egyptian exhibit. Plenty to fill an entire day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 13, 2023
  • HMom2
    Detroit, Michigan147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place
    There is a lot to look at and plenty of entertainment. We went during the Van Gogh exhibit and the check in process was very poor. One set of people said to sign up for a text and it would be an hour wait. But the people scanning tickets at the entrance of the exhibit just let you in.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 18, 2023
  • DenverFlaneur
    Denver, Colorado50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National treasure.
    Renowned collection in beautiful buildings. Go early before it gets crowded. Buy your tickets online get in faster. A must in Chicago. You can take in a specific type or era of art in one visit, but this place really deserves a minimum of two half-days to sample the breadth.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Schmidly6
    White Lake, Michigan301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    Amazing visit…. Art collection is superb and well displayed. Quiet gardens outside and fountains for people to relax and cool off were lovely, people were so happy and relaxed. So peaceful and delightful in the middle of a busy city
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 19, 2023
  • William M
    Vancouver, Canada71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a Famous Art Museum!!! What can I say??
    Really like the display of miniature interior rooms...this is a MUST SEE...hold the phone right up to the glass to get a snap. This fab building has an example of every art known to earth. Especially like the European masters galleries and don't miss the gorgeous Tiffany window, Museums like this are there for the people living in the city and area...residents pay less and can come back time and time again to really study the art. Visitors on the other hand pay the most to rush past masterpieces in an attempt to see the whole museum because this is the one of visit. This museum can be tiring for out of towers. lol
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • LeawoodCouple
    Leawood, Kansas270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best in the World
    Had been decades since I visited the museum and it was even more impressive than I remember. People flock to the Impressionist section which is amazing in the number of artists and quality of the paintings. But spend time in the American section and definitely view Nighthawks and the American Gothic. Even the arms & armor section was fun & instructive. We were fortunate to see the current Van Gogh exhibit showcasing a group of avant-guard artists who painted in the Paris suburbs in the 1880s. When visiting Chicago, put the Art Institute on your list (with only older children) and it is one of the attractions on CityPass. There are several good options for lunch although both areas are a bit difficult to find. Plan on at least three hours.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Steve221B
    Colorado Springs, Colorado35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do NOT EAT at the Cafe Market
    The museum is wonderful but do NOT EAT, do NOT EAT, do NOT EAT at the Museum Cafe (aka The Market). Gas station pastries and vending machine espresso's are 100% better than what is served at the Market Cafe. Instead pack a small bite in your purse and eat at a table outside the cafe at McKinlock Court.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • TinkLizzie
    Bainbridge Island, Washington26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum wonderful, cafe less so
    The Van Gogh exhibit was wonderful, as shows usually are at the museum. We tried the revamped cafe, known as The Market, which now has an easy ordering system and an interesting menu. I had the quinoa bowl, my friends had sandwiches. My bowl was a disappointment- lots of quinoa, but two shards of fennel, three slices of radish, three slices of carrot, and three rings of pickled onion. OK maybe for a side salad, but definitely not worth a $14 entree-sized salad. The chips were absolutely delicious, and the sandwiches were big and tasty. Desserts were just ok. $114 for three people, none of us had any kind of alcohol, so prices are up there. The latte had only half a cup of beverage in it - again, value and cost were out of sync. We did sit outside in McKinlock Court, which is absolutely wonderful. But the food itself needs to be tweaked in some regards.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
  • MariaL17
    San Francisco, California124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day
    Always fun looking at the history, arts, making your way how to make it more interesting. Always respect others who is also their another be mindful of others. Its a beautiful musuem and amazing time
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
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dghgb
Dallas, TX118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
While staying downtown and visiting family over the New Years holiday, we decided to stop by the Art Institute. Because there were 6 of us and the Wharhol Exhibit was going on, we decided it was a good value to join the museum. So glad we did! My group consisted of myself and 5 young adults. We split up and hit different parts of the museum. We couldn't even begin to cover it in a couple of hours so we went back the next day for another couple of hours. I loved everything about the Modern Wing and of course, the Impressionist Collection did not disappoint!. We were able to hit the American Wing and the Warhol Exhibit as well. Both amazing! Over the holiday season, they display the Neapolitan Creche. It's tucked away, but well worth seeking out. The Thorne Miniature Rooms are delightful as well. So much more to see, we can't wait to return. Absolutely something for everyone!
Written January 12, 2020
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI929 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
On a weekend getaway to Chicago to see the Monet and Chicago exhibit. We were not disappointed!! In these COVID times, you must order your General Admission and your Monet tickets in advance. We arrived shortly after the 11am museum opening time (for AIC members, the museum opens an hour earlier), and got in the "virtual line" for the Monet exhibit; 27 parties ahead of us, with about an hour's wait. We could wander through the museum, go out to lunch, visit the Museum shop, or just sit and wait. We entered the Monet exhibit about 12:30 and spent two hours within. I'm a huge Monet fan and didn't mind driving in from 5 hours away for this opportunity to see some 80 works, almost all of them paintings, and half or more of them from private collections, meaning this might be the only time I ever see this work in person! And it was worth it. There are some awesome privately owned paintings! I will never forget seeing them. And I won't soon forget the feeling of walking into the gallery with the Water Lilies paintings. Goosebumps!! Loved the back story on the Palmers, the Ryersons, and Annie Coburn and how they collected so many Impressionist paintings which they later gifted to the AIC. With timed entrance to the exhibition, and the paintings spaced out in the galleries, we felt pretty safe but there were times when a gallery became overcrowded and uncomfortable. Take your time as you are allowed to walk through at your own pace, and enjoy the paintings for as long as you want. Definitely one of the high points of my year!!
Written October 19, 2020
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David Marino
California635 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
With museums back open, I recommend that you consider going to the Art Institute. It’s incredibly safe and sterile, and there were very few people at the museum, which made the art viewing experience unprecedented. In many cases, we were the only people in individual galleries. All of the work on display is fantastic, and I highly recommend that you take 15 or 20 minutes to go see the miniature exhibition from the 1930s, which has wonderful scale models of early American and European interior design and architecture. The collection of contemporary art is world class.
Written August 21, 2020
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Big Pumpkin
Cardiff, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Business
The Art Institute is possible my favourite art museum I have visited. I go every time I am in Chicago. There is a huge amount there, not just paintings and sculpture.
Despite its size and scope, it does not feel intimidating. The staff are friendly and informed.
There are many greatest hits here, and you cannot miss the impressionist and American art collections on any visit. The Chagall windows are a must too.
It is a little expensive, especially when compared to the UK for their leading art gallery admission rates but it is worth it.
Written January 5, 2020
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Gregory M
Westchester, IL336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world class cultural treasure. In addition to its marvelous permanent collection it is currently hosting The Andy Warhol Exhibit. The exhibit traces Warhol’s development from a commercial graphic illustrator to the countercultural iconoclast. It points out the seemingly contradictory influences of what he saw as the unfair treatment of homosexuals and a strong Byzantine Catholic belief system handed down by his Slovenian parents.
There were long lines but the museum staff did a good job in matching entries with people leaving the exhibit area. The volunteers were exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable in giving directions and recommendations.
Written January 4, 2020
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Jason H
Manchester, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Popped into the Art Institute having been on my bucketlist for a while. It is definitely worth looking in. Since I'm from the UK where the museums are free, this is definitely slightly more expensive than I thought for my money's worth. But the collections are definitely well presented and everything is well spaced out. I spent about 2 hours throughout the whole museum (at a leisurely pace). There are few van Gogh, Renoir, Rubens, John Miller pieces along with some very exotic unknown paintings so make sure you do explore each section of the museum. I didn't use the audiobooks - however, since there is wifi throughout the museum, just a google read can provide you with good insight about the portraits. I also popped into the El Greco collection, which was okay, but you won't miss much if you don't go to that part of the museum!
Written March 14, 2020
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BamaRowersMom
Birmingham, AL185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We visited some “old friends” in the Monet Exhibit, which was very well done. They had a quick multimedia space in the exhibit that was very educational and pointed out key features of the paintings of the haystacks, Westminster Bridge, and Monet’s garden in Giverny.

A few other old friends were Wood, Matisse, Seurat, Van Gogh, O’Keefe, Stieglitz, Tiffany, Sargent, Copley, Stickley, Wright, Lee, Warhol, Pollack, Mondrian, Magritte, Renoir, Hopper, Chagall, Cassatt, Degas, Manet, Picasso, Dali, Lautrec, Calder, Man Ray, Cezanne, and many others. We didn’t come close to seeing them all.

We used the Chicago City Pass for entrance, and the Monet exhibit was and additional $7 each. The Art Institute practiced excellent social distancing, and had timed entrances for Monet, lots of museum guides, signage, and reminders about masks throughout. Wonderful experience, and I could spend our whole trip here.
Written October 5, 2020
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Sandra G
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
One of the best museums I've ever visited. The impressionist collection was my favorite: Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin, Cezanne,... Also nice works from Picasso, Dali or Mondrian.
The downside is that it's a bit expensive ($25) and if you want to visit the big exposition la you've to pay 7$ more.
But I'd pay that again, totally worth it.
Written January 4, 2020
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Norris A
Chicago, IL1,989 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
El Greco exhibit- September 2020 was the draw. The concurrent Monet exhibit had wait times of an hour or more and we couldn't deal with that. The French Impressionists section is my favorite and that would fill my Monet needs after El G.

We had booked our timed tickets on line and had no wait once we arrived. In the El Greco rooms there were staff watching over some of the paintings that were NOT to be photographed (Boo! Hiss!). I followed the rules of course. You will want to take photos I imagine but no selfie sticks, no flash and no tripods are allowed. Take your shot then step aside for the next person.

It didn't take long to scour each El Greco room before moving on to the French Impressionists which is my cup of tea . Foot traffic was One Way to stop bunching up in the narrow passageways and prevent you retracing your steps.

The building is vast and there's so much to see-perfect for a rainy day when there aren't major exhibitions. Today there were two such which kept us moving and we were out onto Michigan Avenue again within 2 hours. Once tourism returns to Chicago expect the usual major crowds here.

There's a nice quiet park just to the South with statuary and a fountain which is a good place to sit and consider what you've seen or to snack on a sandwich. The cafes within the Art Institute were closed but usually do a roaring trade.

There is of course a beautiful and well stocked Gift Shop.
Written January 9, 2021
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Aninda_mukherjee
Kolkata (Calcutta), India431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One of must go places in Chicago and is great for art lovers,seeking historical importance. The three levels of the institute depicts art and sculptures from medieval to modern period, across major civilisations across the globe.
The best thing for us though was the grand stairs followed by visit to the Fullerton Hall. Fullerton Hall - Held the world’s parliament of religions, 1893. Earlier know as the Hall of Columbus. It is generally closed, but they security allowed us in. Speech still could be felt when inside the hall.
This was the most amazing and must go to for every Indian. $25 for general admission is probably worth it, by looking the grand stairs and Fullerton hall.
Written February 9, 2020
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