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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Downtown / The Loop
As featured in 3 Days in Chicago and 4 other guides
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Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, 159 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603-6404
Phone Number:
+1 312-443-3600
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

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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Stunning works of art, excellent staff. Must see!

Spend hours, a whole day or even a week and you will still find more treasures await. This is a must see for the whole family.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spend hours, a whole day or even a week and you will still find more treasures await. This is a must see for the whole family.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fabulous museum! In awe of all famous works that I studied in art history classes. I only had 3 hours there but it was enough to see the major works. Can't wait to come back and see the rest!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Simply amazing museum that would have taken days to walk through, we tried hitting the biggest things they had at the time but there was no way to see everything. Would definetly go again

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Ballston Lake, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful art museum with great Impressionist collection and American art collection. The membership is totally worth it. For only $20 more than regular one time admission, two adults and two under 18 can visit as often as they wish for a year! Plus access to the member lounge. And free coat and bag check. And discounts in gift shop and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So much art to see in such beautiful building. The richness of this place is worth a visit. The paperweights and miniatures were an unexpected treasure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

No doubts about why this museum keeps winning the best museum in the world (even though my number one is still Muse D'orsay). You have to visit to understand, from the architecture of the building itself to all the art work inside. The most impressive collection of impressionist artists. Very well and easily organized. The modern wing is awesome as... More 

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The Art Institute ranks as one of the great world art collections! Examples of many eras of painting. Also their are great photography exhibits. Don't miss the newer modern wing. And Mary Cassatt paintings! And Chagal windows!!!!

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Canton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great way to spend a few hours. A large assortment of Impressionist paintings. A few famous pieces i.e. the Ferris Bueller and the sitting Buddha sculpture.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Art Institute has a fine collection of art. The problem is that it has become so expensive that an average person who lives in a nearby town can't afford to take their family. The Louvre is less costly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An A-MA-ZING!!! museum! Of all the museums that I have visited, this one has a great balance between having works of almost all relevant artists and art era in a very doable building. You can reserve a full day to visit the entire museum. IM-PRE-SIO-NAN-TE!! De los museos que he visitado, este tiene un buen balance entre el tener obras... More 

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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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