Art Institute of Chicago

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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.

Venue name: Art Institute of Chicago
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Address: 111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago

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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  • Photography Until Sunday January 8 2017
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  • Prints & editions Until Sunday January 29 2017
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  • Sculpture Until Sunday January 15 2017
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  • Drawing Until Sunday January 29 2017
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  • Mixed media Until Tuesday January 3 2017
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  • Design Saturday December 17 2016 - Sunday June 25 2017
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  • Photography Saturday January 28 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017
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  • Installation Saturday February 18 2017 - Sunday May 7 2017
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Monica G.
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In my entire 3 years of living in Chicago, I have never been to the Arts Insitute until last month. I'm glad I took the entire day of looking at each exhibit. And believe me, please do take the whole day appreciating everything in the venue. I especially liked the contemporary and furniture section of the place. And best of all, there's an area where you can sit and draw the Greek sculptures. 

Clayton Guse
moderator

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. 

Jaclyn R

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!

Elizabeth A

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.

Nick Kotecki

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.

Michael J

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.

Madeline Wolfson

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. 

Erin Delahanty
moderatorStaff Writer

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. 

Laura R
moderator

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.