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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"David Hartt: Interval"
Canadian artist David Hartt investigates how culture and values change over time in "Intervals," a new exhibition featuring films and photographs from two isolated locales: Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon and Sakhalin Island, a Russian territory.Photography Until Sunday October 11 2015Read more
"Degas: At the Track, On the Stage"
The Art Institute devotes a gallery to the work of Edgar Degas, an Impressionist who celebrated the human form with his paintings of ballet dancers and jockeys. Comprised of several loans and pieces from the museum's collection, "At the Track, On the...Painting Until Monday February 1 2016Read more
"Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints"
Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and theater, is the focus of this new exhibit, which examines how Renaissance and Baroque printmakers were influenced by Classical sculptures. Assembling ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and a collection of prints dating...Until Monday February 15 2016Read more
"Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings"
Featuring 100 pieces sourced from private and public collections in India and the United States, the Art Institute's latest exhibition examines the visual indentity of Pushtimarg, a Hindu denomination from Western India. Visitors can view beautiful, detailed...Painting Until Sunday January 3 2016Read more
"Kesa: Japanese Buddhist Monks’ Vestments"
The Art Institute's Department of Textiles presents an exhibition of kesa, the intricately woven garments traditionally worn by Japanese Buddhist monks and priests. The display includes a selection of 23 garments, some which date back to as early as ...Textiles Until Friday January 22 2016Read more
"Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye"
Billed as a “mid-career survey” of the work of contemporary architect David Adjaye, “Making Place” takes over two galleries in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing, filling them with representations of the more than 50 buildings he has completed to date. At...Architecture Until Sunday January 3 2016Read more
"Tools of the Trade: 19th and 20th Century Architectural Trade Catalogs"
Dating back to the 1850s, commercial catalogs were created by architectural merchants and manufacturers to promote their products and services to customers all over the world. The Art Institute's exhibition of trade literature showcases the catalogs as...Architecture Until Tuesday October 13 2015Read more
"Homegrown: The School of the Art Institute in the Permanent Collection"
Established just before the Great Chicago Fire, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has trained multiple generations of talented artists. Work by these alumni is the focus of this Art Institute exhibition, collecting 120 pieces, including selections...Mixed media Saturday October 17 2015 - Sunday February 14 2016Read more
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Chicago Ideas Week: Time for "The Talk": Your New Guide to Getting It On
Let’s talk about sex, Chicago. Not in that awkward, terrible way we did with our parents. In the fun, informative and sexy way with a panel of engaging experts at Chicago Ideas week. This panel explores everything you’ve always wanted to know about sex,...Talks and lectures Saturday October 17 2015Read more
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The Halloween Gathering
The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians as well as local organizations and artists guilds come together for an artistic take on Halloween. Join...Festivals Saturday October 24 2015Read more
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Who doesn’t love the Art Institute? I could spend an entire day looking through their Modern and Contemporary Art collections and love bringing visitors through to see some of the most iconic works of art. I brought my dad here on his visit and he couldn’t believe how many famous works he could recognize. He hadn’t been to the Art Institute before so he chalked up this sense familiarity to cartoons or movies.
This is one of my favorite places in the whole city. It's the perfect spot to spend a whole day or just an hour (especially if you can make it during free hours for IL residents) meandering through exhibits. The Modern Wing is a piece of art in and of itself.
This is one of my favorite places to take visitors, and I might be doing so selfishly because I always want to go and see what's new. Right now they've got the Charles Ray exhibit up, and it is nothing short of inspiring. You could spend a day at the Art Institute and still not see everything.