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
|Venue name:||Art Institute of Chicago||Contact:|
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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"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
"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 Until Sunday February 14 2016Read more
“Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions”
Get a look at the creative process behind Martin Puryear’s whimsical sculptures with this display of the contemporary artist’s personal sketchbooks, drawings and prints. A former Chicago resident, Puryear collaborated with the Art Institute, loaning the...Sculpture Until Tuesday May 3 2016Read more
Things to do
The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt
Search out bathing beauties, sultry sirens, a woman enjoying a golden shower from Zeus and more provocative art at this Valentine's Day scavenger hunt in the Art Institute. You'll view some of the museum's best nudes, while learning about art history...Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday February 14 2016Read more
Free museum tours in Mandarin Chinese
The Art Institute of Chicago is celebrating the Chinese New Year by offerring a free tour of the museum's best current exhibits with paintings by Impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir as well as modern masters such as Picasso, Lichtenstein and Matis...Arts centers Saturday February 13 2016Read more
“Van Gogh’s Bedrooms”
Vincent van Gogh was so taken with his 1888 painting of his bedroom that he created two additional versions of the work, one of which resides in the Art Institute’s permanent collection. This exhibit explores the differences between the three paintings,...Painting Sunday February 14 2016 - Sunday May 8 2016Read more
"Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print"
During the last decade of his career, 17th century painter Anthony van Dyck began working on a printmaking project that encompassed more than 100 portraits of famous figures of the era. The Art Institute bought a complete collection of the prints in 1927,...Prints & editions Saturday March 5 2016 - Sunday August 7 2016Read more
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Whether you're in town temporarily or here for good, you absolutely have to make a stop at the Art Institute. The collections are world-class and so is the collection of lakefront parks just a short walk away. Outside my regular corner bar, this has to be one of the places I frequent the most around town. The permanent exhibits alone would keep me coming back, but the ones that come and go are far and above the best in the Midwest, if not the country.
The Art Institute is easily my favorite art museum in the country. It's big, but not unmanageable like the Met in New York. The buildings, both the Modern Wing and the original structures, are impeccably designed. And most importantly, the collection and exhibitions are top notch. The Art Institute manages to span multiple eras of art—ancient, classicism, modern, contemporary—and present all of them in compelling and easily comprehensible ways.
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.