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|
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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The Art Institute presents Bridget Riley’s first solo presentation at an American museum in nearly 15 years, displaying a selection of her bold, hypnotizing geometric work. Included in the single-gallery exhibition is the spiral-shaped sculpture, Continuum, as...Until Sun March 15th 2015 FreeREAD MORE111 S Michigan Ave Chicago Chicago
"Decidedly Surreal: The Bindings of Mary Louise Reynolds"
A central figure of the Surrealist movement, Mary Louise Reynolds studied under a master bookbinder in Paris. She learned how to incorporate materials like broken teacup handles, thermometers and reptile skins into her bindings, applying a surrealist...Until Mon March 23rd 2015 FreeREAD MORE111 S Michigan Ave Chicago Chicago
"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...Until Sun February 15th 2015 FreeREAD MORE111 S Michigan Ave Chicago Chicago
"Jesús Rafael Soto: Pénétrable de Chicago"
A pioneer of the kinetic art movement, Jesús Rafael Soto created his first "pénétrable" in 1967—an illuminated sculpture that audiences are able to interact with. The newly restored Pénétrable de Chicago has not been displayed since 1986 and is comprised...Until Sun March 15th 2015 FreeREAD MORE111 S Michigan Ave Chicago Chicago
"Strokes of Genius: Italian Drawings from the Goldman Collection"
Strokes of Genius showcases more than 80 examples of Italian draftsmanship selected from the collection of Chicagoans Jean and Steven Goldman, including a selection of drawings never before seen by the public. The exhibit focuses on pieces from the late...Until Sun February 1st 2015 FreeREAD MORE111 S Michigan Ave Chicago Chicago
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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...Sat February 14th 2015 - Sat February 14th 2015 FreeREAD MORE111 S Michigan Ave Chicago Chicago
"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 February 15th 2015 - Sun May 3rd 2015 FreeREAD MORE111 S Michigan Ave Chicago Chicago