The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
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11:00 AM - 8:00 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
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Grant Park
How to get there
  • Adams/Wabash • 3 min walk
  • Monroe • 5 min walk
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  • Sandra H
    89 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, Michigan147 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, Colorado53 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, Michigan301 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, Canada71 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
  • LeawoodCouple
    Leawood, Kansas272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best in the World
    Had been decades since I visited the museum and it was even more impressive than I remember. People flock to the Impressionist section which is amazing in the number of artists and quality of the paintings. But spend time in the American section and definitely view Nighthawks and the American Gothic. Even the arms & armor section was fun & instructive. We were fortunate to see the current Van Gogh exhibit showcasing a group of avant-guard artists who painted in the Paris suburbs in the 1880s. When visiting Chicago, put the Art Institute on your list (with only older children) and it is one of the attractions on CityPass. There are several good options for lunch although both areas are a bit difficult to find. Plan on at least three hours.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Steve221B
    Colorado Springs, Colorado35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do NOT EAT at the Cafe Market
    The museum is wonderful but do NOT EAT, do NOT EAT, do NOT EAT at the Museum Cafe (aka The Market). Gas station pastries and vending machine espresso's are 100% better than what is served at the Market Cafe. Instead pack a small bite in your purse and eat at a table outside the cafe at McKinlock Court.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • TinkLizzie
    Bainbridge Island, Washington26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum wonderful, cafe less so
    The Van Gogh exhibit was wonderful, as shows usually are at the museum. We tried the revamped cafe, known as The Market, which now has an easy ordering system and an interesting menu. I had the quinoa bowl, my friends had sandwiches. My bowl was a disappointment- lots of quinoa, but two shards of fennel, three slices of radish, three slices of carrot, and three rings of pickled onion. OK maybe for a side salad, but definitely not worth a $14 entree-sized salad. The chips were absolutely delicious, and the sandwiches were big and tasty. Desserts were just ok. $114 for three people, none of us had any kind of alcohol, so prices are up there. The latte had only half a cup of beverage in it - again, value and cost were out of sync. We did sit outside in McKinlock Court, which is absolutely wonderful. But the food itself needs to be tweaked in some regards.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 July 2023
  • MariaL17
    San Francisco, California124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day
    Always fun looking at the history, arts, making your way how to make it more interesting. Always respect others who is also their another be mindful of others. Its a beautiful musuem and amazing time
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
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Tyshondra B
13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
I had applied for an art loan for the first and the manager within this department came off rude and gave wrong information
Written 22 May 2024
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Vicki M
Cleveland, OH59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful museum. We didn’t get a chance to see the whole museum. There is so much to see. I would recommend visiting if in Chicago!
Written 14 May 2024
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GINA H
Huixquilucan, Mexico197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It is an excellent museum with unique paintings. It is too expensive 40 USD per person which is excessive, if you are an art lover you are forced to pay it. You should really consider the price.
Picasso's collection is incredible, van Gogh's incredible, Monet Renoir's, Mondrian Chagall's. unforgettable
Written 14 May 2024
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heathrowg
Ellicott City, MD10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A wonderful museum to get lost in!
I especially loved the Chagall and Tiffany windows, paintings in the American wing by my ancestors the Peales, and the Monets in the Impressionist wing.
Written 10 May 2024
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laziesttraveler
Surrey, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I only had a few hours before my plane so I signed up for a guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lucky I did as Marlin was a knowledgeable and charming tour guide that made sure the group I was with saw the things that were of particular interest. The art collection is outstanding with a wide variety of impressionist works, including a whole gallery of Monets as well a some famous contemporary American pieces. without a guide I would not have seen half the stuff I was interested in. the next time in Chicago I will definitely be back to the Institute.
Written 6 May 2024
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Phoenix DAWG
Phoenix, AZ148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great way to catch up on your art history. The highlights for us were the Impressions wing. I'd skip the Egyptian section if you've been to other museums and their exhibits.

Overall this is a great way to spend a few hours.
Written 5 May 2024
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Felicia B
Morrisville, NC255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
OH MY GOODNESS!!! This was such a wonderful way for us to end our visit/vacation! Thank you SO MUCH Ms. Darlene King and Leneese for the welcome, we appreciate you both! This was our last day of vacation and we decided to visit The Art Institute of Chicago, it was the right decision. I do have to admit that I have a new phone and I was "that person" that snap the flash photo on the tomb. I was embarrassed (as I should have been, I should have checked to see if the flash was on) and frustrated with myself when Ms. Tam and another associate yelled out "NO FLASH"! Please forgive me! From this day forward, I will have my husband to take ALL photos! LoL! We look forward to visiting and seeing the new exhibits next year/two years from now, thank you for all that you do! The art is exquisite and worth the view, the experience is priceless! In regards to parking, there is a parking garage across the street. Getting out of the parking garage was like a maze to us, however, we probably didn't pay close attention. The parking fee was not bad at all. If time permits and the weather is good, you may want to also check out the local areas nearby, we will most certainly visit during our next vacation.
Written 1 May 2024
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Jeannie H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
So much to see, so as a family we broke up into groups and then compared notes. Plan a good amount of time, you’ll be glad you did!
Written 29 April 2024
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broadwaybound2016
Norman, OK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I’ve been to museums across the world and this is the most poorly designed museum I’ve ever been to. It is definitely not set up for those who can’t stand for long periods of time. I finally found a bench and it was located in a room with no large paintings to contemplate.
Written 25 April 2024
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MojoLad
Graton, CA306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What an art museum! So much great stuff to see from ancient Greece all the way up to the modern world. Their regular collection is first-rate, particularly their impressionists, and every time I've been there the temporary shows have been excellent. I've visited three or four times, over the years, and I still haven't seen everything the place has to offer -- they should open earlier! This time my big surprise were the Miniature Rooms, exhibit after exhibit of mind-boggling 1:12 scale craftsmanship in a variety of (mostly American) period styles. It is to wow. We also treated ourselves to a really good meal in the café.
Written 22 April 2024
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