The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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See why the Art Institute of Chicago is the only museum in the world to be top-ranked by TripAdvisor four years in a row! Experience the greatest Impressionist collection outside Paris, and view contemporary masterpieces in the spectacular Modern Wing. Stand before classics like Nighthawks, and travel the globe through galleries devoted to the art of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas.
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Neighbourhood: Grant Park
How to get there
  • Adams/Wabash • 3 min walk
  • Monroe • 5 min walk
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  • Ninni R
    Helsinki, Finland653 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice for a rainy day
    What an interesting museum/art exhibition. A mix with old and new and great facilities for families or going solo. Seperate changing exhibition that you have to book in advance, but the regular you can just walk in and buy the ticket there. It’s huge so it will take hours to go thru everything!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Baron
    San Antonio, Texas7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I-Need-Ta Get Back In And See Anita
    What a monster of a museum. so much to see and MISS! When we were done, we passed through the gift shop and saw pictures of things I totally missed so I asked if we could go back in and they said "of course"! And if we didn't go back in we never would have met Anita Hall. In every wing there were employees and I felt sorry for the one in the room with a big wooden box that someone called art...but there it was in a big empty room - so I know the worker was bored out of her mind....nothing to do, and no one to talk to. But it was Anita Hall who stepped up and asked how we were. I explained we had to come back in to see something we missed, and she was great to tell us exactly where it was, plus she asked if we saw one of her favorite features on miniatures. I said "i guess we missed that too". So she gave us directions on where to find that. And we chatted a bit about "where from/and life" - and we just fell in love with Anita Hall. So kind and sincerely interested in us, and proud of her museum. Please pass along the great impression she made on us.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Mary Mahoney
    New York15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best Art Museums In the World!
    A must see! Cannot believe how expansive the collection was and how effortlessly the exhibits blended. There is something for everyone - kids, history nerds, casual viewers, art enthusiasts, and of course the "instagram"able moments like Dalí, Monet, and Van Gogh. Worth very penny of the admission price.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Gidons51
    Herzliya, Israel4,336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great art museum . Wonderful Impressionism Exhibition, temporary Salvador Dally exhibition.
    A big museum with famous big exhibition of the biggest Impressionism artists like Renoir, Monet, Sisley and others . Interesting exhibition of Salvador Dally . Admission 32 USDLRS, senior citizens 26 USDLRS.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Sandra H
    91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must do experience
    Fantastic - downloaded the app and did the tour, really enjoyable experience. We liked our first day visit so much, we went back for a second visit the next day - so much to see. Great lunch inthe Market.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • doctor869
    Tucson, Arizona7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful art
    Great Van Gogh exhibit and regular Impressionist exhibit. Legible information high enough on the walls to read. Beautiful Chagall glass windows. Small but excellent specimens in Egyptian exhibit. Plenty to fill an entire day.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 June 2023
  • HMom2
    Detroit, Michigan145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place
    There is a lot to look at and plenty of entertainment. We went during the Van Gogh exhibit and the check in process was very poor. One set of people said to sign up for a text and it would be an hour wait. But the people scanning tickets at the entrance of the exhibit just let you in.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • DenverFlaneur
    Denver, Colorado51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National treasure.
    Renowned collection in beautiful buildings. Go early before it gets crowded. Buy your tickets online get in faster. A must in Chicago. You can take in a specific type or era of art in one visit, but this place really deserves a minimum of two half-days to sample the breadth.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Schmidly6
    White Lake, Michigan306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    Amazing visit…. Art collection is superb and well displayed. Quiet gardens outside and fountains for people to relax and cool off were lovely, people were so happy and relaxed. So peaceful and delightful in the middle of a busy city
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 June 2023
  • William M
    Vancouver, Canada72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a Famous Art Museum!!! What can I say??
    Really like the display of miniature interior rooms...this is a MUST SEE...hold the phone right up to the glass to get a snap. This fab building has an example of every art known to earth. Especially like the European masters galleries and don't miss the gorgeous Tiffany window, Museums like this are there for the people living in the city and area...residents pay less and can come back time and time again to really study the art. Visitors on the other hand pay the most to rush past masterpieces in an attempt to see the whole museum because this is the one of visit. This museum can be tiring for out of towers. lol
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
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R G
Dublin, Ireland1,038 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
you name it ,they have it , from Bacon to El Greco , Picasso to Grant Wood , Van Gogh to Warhol ,O'Keeffe where do you stop ,you don't Monet ,Hopper , Dali ?? probably or maybe Landscape in Light STUNNING.
Written 17 April 2024
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LJKC
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Beautiful, very well organized, and laid out. Beautiful exhibits. Staff excellent in returning a lost scarf. Chicago.
Written 17 April 2024
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divakern
Rock Hill, SC683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Art Institute of Chicago has been and always will be an icon of Chicago. They constantly add interesting exhibits and one never tires of seeing the classics! This is a wonderful experience.
Written 16 April 2024
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Mollinska
Batavia, IL25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The artwork and building are amazing. The free coat check was fantastic- you’re not even allowed to leave them a tip (I tried).

I took off one rating point because at least 50% of the observers/supervisors/security people in navy blue sport coats (I don’t know what their role is officially, so these are my guesses) had no idea about anything… For example, I would show the map of the museum and ask, “could you please help me with directions to…” and they wouldn’t know. They were all polite, but over half of the staff I talked to had ZERO clue about anything.

My teenage daughter reported that one of these workers was on her cell phone in a gallery, on speaker, and using obscenities that reverberated through the whole room…the entire time she was in there with her. My daughter attends public school, so it’s not like she hadn’t heard any of that language before, just not in a museum while looking at famous art (LOL).

Another navy blue sport coat clad gentleman reeked of marijuana; his most helpful information was along the lines of “yeah, somewhere that way, you’ll find that… cool, right?”

Since my visit, I have learned that in 2021, the Art Institute fired all of its volunteer docents in the name of equity (Google it- I’m not making this up). The docents who knew something, cost nothing, and spent 18+ months getting trained are now apparently replaced with paid observers/supervisors/security people who overwhelmingly know nothing about the Art Institute.

Classic Chicago, people! SMH.
Written 7 April 2024
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Irina
United States11,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
One of the oldest and largest museums in the US, The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), founded on 1879, has two beautiful gardens -- North Garden (Sculpture Garden) and South Garden.

AIC North Garden was designed by a landscape architect Laurie Olin, it was built in 1962 and opened to public in 1963. In the garden, there are several Abstract Art sculptures installed on the lawns, near the paved walkways, under the large trees. These are the artworks of David Smith (Cubi VII, 1963), Henry Moore (Large Interior Form, 1953-54), Alexander Calder (Flying Dragon, 1975). The vast grounds of the park are a perfect place for relaxation: there are multiple benches in the shade, paved walkways around the lawn --everything is so comforting and beautiful, especially in the warm seasons, when the visitors like to spend more time in the open air, walking around or resting, and enjoying the art.

AIC South Garden is a true masterpiece, designed by a famous landscape architect Dan Kiley, and built in 1962--1967. As a grid-structure garden, South Garden is a striking example of regular geometry. The unforgettable centerpiece sculpture Fountain of the Great Lakes (1907- 1913) is a grand artwork by a world-renowned landscape architect Lorado Taft. The large bronze sculpture depicts five women, symbolizing the 5 Great Lakes. The sculpture is flanked by Sargent crabapple trees, and in front of it there's a pool of water with a grid of low jets. At the sides of the pool, in the raised planters with marble edges, there are sixteen hawthorn trees, their branches forming a dense overhead canopy. There are benches for visitors to relax and enjoy the whole scenery. The huge honey locust trees at the entrance to the garden also screen the garden from the busy South Michigan Avenue.

South Garden has peaceful and quiet ambiance, and its beauty is mesmerizing. The garden was awarded Centennial Medallion by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999.

I enjoyed visiting these wonderful gardens in early fall. The AIC North and South Gardens are perfect places to visit, to relax, and to admire the marvels of modern art.
Written 5 April 2024
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Patrick L
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fabulous collection in Chicago. Fun for it to be tied to an iconic movie. Great layout and more than ample space to move around. Only down side was line to claim our things from coat-check.
Written 29 March 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey14,187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The expansive Art Institute of Chicago features nearly 300,000 works worldwide in its permanent collection. Home to one of the country's most impressive collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art.

The diverse collection spans thousands of years and includes pieces from a variety of media including painting, prints, photography, sculpture,

You'll find here -
pieces created in the Byzantine era,
paintings completed just a few decades ago.
Jacob Lawrence's "The Wedding,"
Georgia O'Keeffe's "Sky above Clouds IV" and
Grant Wood's "American Gothic"
From European armor to the Thorne Miniature Rooms

It sits just south of Millennium Park and beside Grant Park in downtown Chicago. Driving to the Art Institute is not recommended due to the limited number of parking options within walking distance.
Written 28 March 2024
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Conchita B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The Art Institute of Chicago is a must-visit cultural gem. Its vast collection spans centuries and continents, showcasing masterpieces from renowned artists like Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. The museum's impressive exhibits, beautiful architecture, and engaging events make it a top destination for art lovers worldwide.
Written 19 March 2024
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Coralmaya
Exeter, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Beautiful museum with lots of contemporary American art. I am European so it was really interesting not to see, allow me the term, the usual imported art from the old continent.
Written 10 March 2024
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Stu_L0nd0n
London, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It's a truly amazing museum. We expected a visit of 2 or 3 hours, but were there most of the day. So many world famous paintings. Particularly enjoyed viewing A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and so many others. It was our favourite day in Chicago.
Written 3 March 2024
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