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.
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|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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"Aaron Siskind: Abstractions"
With photos of chipped paint peeling from walls and carefully framed landscape shots, Aaron Siskind brought the sensibilities of the Abstract Expressionist movement to photography. This exhibition of 100 of his images demonstrate the New York native's...Photography Until Sunday August 14 2016Read more
"America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s"
During the Great Depression, American artists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Grant Wood created iconic paintings that examined the nation's identity during trying times. “America after the Fall” collects 50 pieces created in the 1930s, unraveling...Painting Until Sunday September 18 2016Read more
"Design Episodes: The Modern Chair"
In anticipation of the Art Institute's permanent design exhibition (opening in 2017) this display explores the many variations of the modern chair. From shiny tubular steel chairs to sleek plywood seats, you'll want to sit down after taking in this survey...Design Until Sunday September 11 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 Until Sunday August 7 2016Read more
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Museum Game Night: Harry Potter's Birthday
It's Harry Potter's 36th birthday and the Art Institute is celebrating with a night of games, prizes and music. The museum will host it's own House Cup between guests and best dressed witch or wizard will win the golden snitch!Late openings Thursday July 28 2016Read more
"Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions"
The Art Institute puts its collection of 17th to mid-20th century drawing on display in its latest exhibition, which includes several pieces that have never been shown publicly. From a beach landscape sketched by Edgar Degas to a pastel drawing by "American...Drawing Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday January 29 2017Read more
Presented in conjunction with the "Future Perfect" retrospective, this companion exhibition explores how Moholy-Nagy's experimental tendencies influenced future generations of artists. From abstract images made with photosensitive materials to Polaroids...Photography Saturday September 10 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017Read more
"Moholy-Nagy: Future Present"
As a noted painter, photographer, sculptor and designer, László Moholy-Nagy was the kind of artist who didn't confine his creativity to a single medium. Moholy-Nagy developed his eclectic, abstract style while working as a professor at the Bauhaus art...Mixed media Sunday October 2 2016 - Tuesday January 3 2017Read more
"Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams"
Cape Town artist Kemang Wa Lehulere explores what he calls "deleted scenes" of South Africa's history, grappling with racism and social injustice through his drawings, sculptures and installations. "In All My Wildest Dreams" marks Wa Lehulere's first first...Sculpture Thursday October 27 2016 - Sunday January 15 2017Read more
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The Art Institute is the peak of the art scene in Chicago, with a collection so large and deep that it'd be impossible to take even a fraction of it in during a single visit. From its historic pieces of art to the amazing and beautiful Modern Wing, the museum has something for everyone.
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the best art museums in the world. It's home to some of the most prestigious artworks in history. AIC houses works from the Renaissance period including artist like Nicolas Poussin to more contemporary works by artist like Dawoud Bey. It's most famous for it's Impressionist collection that includes works by Seurat & Renoir but don't overlook it's photography and printmaking collections! AIC is a really fantastic museum and a must for anyone!
The Art Institute is an absolute must for anyone in the city. One, it's a gorgeous building and two, the exhibits are always on point. It's easy to spend an entire afternoon or more, just trying to see everything the Art Institute has to offer.
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.