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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"Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014"
The second floor of the Modern Wing plays host to an exhibition devoted to the work of Chicago-born sculptor Charles Ray. Since beginning his career as a sculptor in the early '80s, Ray has become known for his life-sized works and his innovative use...Sculpture Until Sunday October 4 2015Read more
"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
"Frances Stark: Intimism"
For more than two decades, the work of Frances Stark has focused on how the working life of an artist collides with an artist's non-working life. "Intimism" marks the first comprehensive survey of Stark’s video and digital production, including essays,...Until Sunday August 30 2015Read more
"Jean-Luc Mylayne: Mutual Regard"
Using common birds as "actors," French photographer Jean-Luc Mylayne composes beautiful shots, returning day after day to a chosen spot until his subjects occupy the position he imagined. Presented in cooperation with the Arts Club of Chicago, the exhibition...Until Sunday August 23 2015Read 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 Until Sunday September 27 2015Read 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
"Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions"
After seeing a watercolor by Theodore Rousse, James McNeill Whistler met the young artist and began working side-by-side with him, developing new lithography and color etching techniques. The Art Institute's new exhibition explores the partnership, displaying...Painting Until Sunday September 27 2015Read 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 Friday August 21 2015 - Friday January 22 2016Read more
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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.