Sometimes you can't beat the classics, and the home of masterpieces like Grant Wood's American Gothic and Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte is definitely one of them. Guarded by a pair of bronze lions, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world's largest and oldest museum and home to a collection of more than 300,000 works. But there's always more to see beyond the permanent collection—in 2021, the Art Institute hosted major exhibitions like a Barbara Kruger "anti-retrospective" and the Smithsonian's Obama portraits. It's why locals and tourists still line up to explore one of Chicago's best museums.
It should come as no surprise that Chicagoans love their city. This year's Love Local Awards brought in thousands of votes for your favorite restaurants, bars, attractions and more places that make the city what it is. After the tallying up the votes, we're ready to reveal the spots that Time Out Chicago readers heartily recommend (for our editors' take, check out the 2021 Best of the City Awards winners). Congrats to winners—we can really feel the love!