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
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
How to get there
  • Adams/Wabash • 3 min walk
  • Monroe • 5 min walk
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  • ABACUSES
    Cumming, Georgia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    This place was A-MAZ-ING!!!! I'm not one that knows or loves art. Paint by numbers is about as far as I go. But this entire facility is overwhelming in a great way. There's so much to see; not just art but history. Furniture, photos, paintings, pottery, clothing ... so much going back 3000 years in some cases. The Van Gogh exhibit was great, but for me, Seurat stole the show. Superior artist as far as I'm concerned. We walked and admired for hours and I wish we had even more time. You could spend all day here and it's worth every penny and minute.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Megan E
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stand in the presence of greatness
    If you are a art history fan you need to plan to spend the day here. Simply unbelievable the pieces they have in their everyday exhibit. There were pieces that you learn about in art school, and to be able to see them in person was surreal. They had so many iconic pieces! What a collection!!! the place is huge. It’s three buildings put together If there is a piece you want to find the customer service counter can show you where to go.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • kawh
    966 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great museum
    the museum has some wonderful pieces and is nicely laid out. it was a bit pricey... so much so that i almost passed on it. i am glad i went, but if they would have more flexibility in pricing i think that more middle-class families from out of town could enjoy. the location is great for tourists... near a park, shopping, restaurants and hotels.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Valerie B
    Aberdeen, Mississippi32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this wonderful Art Museum!!
    This is an amazing museum!! I have been to museums all over Europe and the US, but this was my first time to the Art Institute in Chicago. From ancient to modern it has it all! The building is beautiful! There is also an exhibit of miniature rooms furnished exquisitely with tiny furniture,rugs,paintings and accessories in the different architectural periods. It is a “must see!” The painting selection is wonderful!!! There are so many of the classics. If we had been in town longer, I would have gone back. There is so much to see! The museum shop is really nice. I got several gifts and Christmas ornaments. If you enjoy Art, this should be at the top of your places to go!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • David T
    Rheinfelden, Switzerland577 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must see
    I had a great time, though I let my daughter go to shed aquarium so I would have time . I saw the well known paintings but was also very interested in the lesser known paintings that everyone walked by. While there was a line to get in at 11, after I was in it was not too crowded, except foe the current Van Gogh exhibit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Miranda G
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great art museum!
    I happened to end up at The Art Institute after seeing there was the Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde exhibit. It was amazing!! There were so many stunning works in the exhibit. I am so glad the Van Gogh exhibit drew me in because all the other works are lovely too! They have so many amazing painting and different mediums on display. I would highly recommend checking it out when in Chicago!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • The_Coach55
    Ruislip, United Kingdom1,144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge Gallery with Fantastic Impressionist Collection
    The Art Institute of Chicago is a vast art museum situated in Grant Park in the Downtown / Loop area of the city. It would be almost impossible to view everything in one visit so we concentrated on the Impressionist work and the Van Gogh exhibition. There was a large collection of great work on show by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Paul Cezanne amongst others. A showpiece painting - A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - by Georges Seurat was very prominent and I also liked Head of a Guillotined Man by Theodore Gericault. I found the exhibition Van Gogh and the Avent Garde : the Modern Landscape less good. It focussed on the work of Van Gogh, Seurat, Signac and Bernard in Asnieres in 1887. Some interesting work, but probably not Van Gogh’s best, although I did like his pointillist painting. It was also overly crowded in the exhibition. Looking back, I was disappointed to miss American Gothic by Grant Wood and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, although I had seen them both when they came to the Royal Academy in London in 2017. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, however the cost at $32 each plus an extra $10 for the Van Gogh exhibition was somewhat high. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Josh G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mix of culture and creativity
    The architecture is a work of art in its own right! The museum's dedication to cultural diversity is evident in its global representation of art forms. The Asian, African, and Native American collections provided an enriching perspective on the beauty and intricacies of different cultures. Interactive displays, audio guides, and insightful descriptions added depth to each artwork, enriching the experience and making it accessible to visitors of all ages. It's a place where culture, nature, and creativity converge, creating a harmonious atmosphere that's both inspiring and invigorating. I loveee it!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Robsaga
    San Francisco, California76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING EXPERIENCE
    I can't express enough how much I love this museum. I was amazed by the amount of artwork from masters. "A Sunday in the Park" by George Seurat, "American Gothic" by Grant Wood, "The Nighthawks" by Edward Hooper... and many more impressionist and surrealist. I spent a good 4 hours going through all the rooms. There even was a Mies Van De Rhoe exhibit, since he was a prominent architect in Chicago. There were plenty of sculptural artwork throughout the many rooms. I didn't' spend too much time in those rooms, but there are some interesting ancient artifacts.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Robert P
    Valley Cottage, New York159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive collection.
    Tremendous collection of works from various cultures and eras. Get tired of the impressionists like Monet? Then see the renaissance collection or the African art or the miniature rooms or …. Only wish they tackled the questionable sourcing of works that all museums around the world are facing instead of hiding behind the most recent donors.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 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, MI1,070 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
California673 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, IL1,988 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), India430 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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