You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution, which owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the present. Our favorite pieces include the Japanese prints, fragments of local buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. We’re also in love with Renzo Piano’s light-filled Modern Wing, which is the perfect place to enjoy the Art Institute’s architecture and design collection, modern and contemporary art, and gorgeous views of Millennium Park.
Art Institute of Chicago
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111 S Michigan Ave
|Cross street:||at Adams St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 10:30am–5pm, Thu 10:30am–8pm, Fri–Sun 10:30am–5pm.|
|Transport:||El stop:Blue,Red to Jackson;Brown,Green,Orange,Pink,Purple (rush hrs)to Adams. Bus:3,4,6,14,26. Train:Elec Main to Millennium Station.|
|Price:||$23; seniors, students and kids 14 and over $17; kids 13 and under free. $5 discount for Chicago residents, Illinois residents $3 off. Thu 5–8pm free for Illinois residents.|
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"Burnishing the Night: Baroque to Contemporary Mezzotints from the Collection"
Long before there were brooding post-rock album covers, there were early 18th century artists like Thomas Frye and John Martin who depicted eerie scenes with the help of a process called mezzotint. Mezzotint engraving allowed artists to burnish soft highlights...Sun April 19th 2015 - Sun May 31st 2015 FreeRead more
"Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections"
Collecting 63 artworks from the early Christian and Byzantine eras, "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections" presents a selection of mosaics, architectural fragments, manuscripts, silver and painted icons. The exhibit features newly...Sun April 19th 2015 - Sun May 10th 2015 FreeRead more
"Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840"
The Art Institute's exhibition of 18th century Irish art opened on St. Patrick's Day, but you won't find many depictions of the holiday's eponymous saint in the collection, aside from a few pitchers (which probably never held green beer) bearing his likeness....Sun April 19th 2015 - Sun June 7th 2015 FreeRead more
"Shatter Rupture Break"
The Art Institute of Chicago launches the first exhibition in its Modern Series—a string of themed displays that will showcase pieces from the museum's collection of modern art. The first installment, Shatter Rupture Break, explores art produced during...Sun April 19th 2015 - Sun May 3rd 2015 FreeRead more
"Spreading Devotion: Japanese and European Religious Prints"
The invention of print made religious images and texts available to a wider audience, resulting in beautiful books and pamphlets that combined scripture with intricate art. The Art Institute's new exhibition examines religious prints from the East and...Sun April 19th 2015 - Sun June 21st 2015 FreeRead more
Los Angeles sculptor Liz Larner presents her first Chicago installation in more than a decade, displaying two of her most recent sculptures on the Art Institute's Bluhm Family Terrace.Sculpture Fri April 24th 2015 - Sun September 27th 2015 FreeRead more
Art Institute Family Festival
Spend an art-filled day at the Art Institute's Ryan Education Center with a live storytelling concert, gallery walk-through, interactive art installation and studio project. There will also be an opportunity to meet artist-in-residence Tom Burtonwood...Sun June 7th 2015 - Sun June 7th 2015 FreeRead more