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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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One of the BEST art museums in the world.

I live in Chicago and I'm a member of the Art Institute. So, every time I have out of town visitors their trip is not complete without visiting this fantastic museum. They have... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I live in Chicago and I'm a member of the Art Institute. So, every time I have out of town visitors their trip is not complete without visiting this fantastic museum. They have iconic works of Seurat, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh etc, etc, etc and this is just to name a few. This Museum has a little bit of everything... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

beautiful building full of amazing treasures from all over the world, everything is breathtaking and the exhibitions are usually awesome

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This has to be one of the most beautiful Art Institute I have been to. I would not recommend doing this all in one day as you will get over load of Art. Take your time and enjoy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You need time for this, there is so much to see! I believe it has the biggest collection of Impressionist paintings outside Paris which I find amazing - and that really was worth a lot of time. Just so much in one place. Many other important galleries as well. I am so impressed that the gallery came about through philanthropy... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If this is your kind of thing, plan wisely. We spent 6 1/2 hours touring the Art Institute, but still didn't see everything. This was our favorite part of the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a beautiful museum! It's huge and I mean it's massive. I wish I had a few days to visit it, because that's what you need (is that big). Lovely works of art and time pieces. I would definitely visit again. Bring a few snacks so you can make it thru a while longer. Enjoy, it's beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Art Institute of Chicago has some of the world's most famous works of art. Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painted in 1884,by Georges Seurat is huge. I also loved seeing a Salvador Dali painting up close and personal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didn't have a lot of time so went for the 'Essentials' tour. I downloaded the free App to my phone via the free wifi and this was brilliant. It has a map of the museum showing where you are and where the key exhibits are. I also loved that it has a built in audio guide - very clever.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I go to the Art Museum at least a couple times a year and their is always something new to see or experience. This is one of the Best Museums I have been to in the US.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You should plan out your visit and prioritize what to see as you will never cover the whole place in a day and remain coherent. Start at the impressionists on the top floor, probably the best collection in the US of this period, and work your way down. We spent about 1/2 day there exploring, early 20th century American art... 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.