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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
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+1 312-443-3600
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10:30 - 17:00
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Thu 10:30 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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See why the Art Institute of Chicago is the only museum in the world to be...

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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One of the Best Art Museums in the Country

The Art Institute is truly one of the great treasures of Chicago--and of the entire nation. The collection is remarkable (many, many famous paintings here, and many more that are... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Art Institute is truly one of the great treasures of Chicago--and of the entire nation. The collection is remarkable (many, many famous paintings here, and many more that are make the more famous ones seem almost unnecessary). The breadth and depth of the collection mean there is almost always something wonderful to see and experience--for all ages and interests.... More 

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Westchester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While one could feasible view the "main attractions" of this collection in about an hour, the real joy of this museum is everything else! Miniatures, paperweights, various Asian collections, and lesser known or popular pieces by artistic super stars - the solid portion of a day should be allotted to this museum.

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Cadillac, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Art Institute on a Saturday, which was the only negative about the visit -- very busy and crowded. It had been many, many years since we were last there. The most recent visit whetted out appetite, and we can't wait to return again (hopefully on a week day when it is not so crowded).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Institute itself is a work of art. It's multi room collection of Impressionist artist, (Monet, Manet, Seurat, Van Gogh, Renoir, etc) is truly a joy to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely beautiful! The quality and expanse of the exhibition is impressive. We spent about 3 hours. Highly recommended.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm not an art expert, or very knowledgeable but this place is fantastic. Every time I go I wonder what took so long to come back. Very easy to navigate around the different areas amd find what you are interested in. One of the best in the world.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unfortunately we only had a couple of hours to see the art, but it was well worth it. We were able focus on the art we wanted to see and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Well worth the price.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're into art and want to step off the Magificent Mile you should definitely take a look at this. Nice photo op outside the museum as well, but great work inside with ever changing exhibitions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wandered through the greats of today and yesteryear with my artists mouth hanging open all the way through. Then we wandered outside to the same effect!

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Really enjoyed walking this museum. So many wonderful pieces. Easy to navigate all the rooms, just need more time!

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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.
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