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“One of the best Art Museums in the States”

The Art Institute of Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“One of the best Art Museums in the States”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I've been to a lot of art museums globally. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I saw exceeded my expectations. I very much enjoyed the impressionist exhibit and the art through the mid 1900's. I also enjoyed the rotating display of Japanese woodblock prints.

The modern art exhibit in the back of the museum threw me off a little. Modern art isn't my forte. The current special exhibit of paperweights was not worth the time. Stick to the first and second floors.

Make sure you grab a map because layout is not intuitive. You can easily spend an afternoon here. Save at least three hours to get through the highlights.

Visited January 2013
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“A Chicago institution, for a reason”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

What can you say about the Art Institute of Chicago that hasn't already been said? It's huge, beautiful, and world-class. The Modern wing is an architectural gem in itself and the art in it isn't bad either! ;) The restaurant in the Modern wing, Terzo Piano, is upscale and tasty. I would recommend taking advantage of the coat check if you're wearing a coat, as it's such a big museum you can get overheated walking around with a warm coat on, even if it's freezing outside.

As many times as I've been here, it's always worth another visit. It never really gets old.

Visited December 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Interesting museum friendly for visitors”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This museum offer very wide selection of art and if you live in Illinois you can check the dates when they offer free entrance. We went on Thursday afternoon with my family (two small kids) and the visit was very pleasant. We got advise from employees where the particular exhibits are located. The new modern art wing is worth a trip too.

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great place to see art”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Very eclectic selection of art of all different types. A must see for anyone visiting Chicago. Student discounts. This is pretty much a half-day to all-day event so wear comfy shoes.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Love it get a membership”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

A great place to see some amazing artwork, and a very impressive building as well. As members we like to go for short trips and do a couple of galleries at a time - but if you are visitors you may not have that option. The new wing is spectacular, and the approach from the pedestrian bridge in Millenium park gives great views over Lurie Garden and the park and lake beyond.

Tip - the restaurant on the top floor of the new wing is an excellent place for a light lunch - not inexpensive but great views, interesting food and pleasant service.

Visited December 2012
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