The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
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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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Clive L
Brighton, UK47 contributions
Jan 2023
Modern and Contemporary art, early impressionists, cubists. There's lots to see, so take a good slice out of your day to make sure you have time to browse to your eyes content. Love the early Picasso from the Blue period xx
Written 3 February 2023
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Bobbysgirl01
Oxford, UK127 contributions
Jan 2023
After reading the reviews about the place, we were looking forward to going. Unfortunately, it didn't meet our expectations. Having visited art galleries around the world, it doesn't compare favourably to places such as The National Gallery in London or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (to name but a few). The collection is OK - the two standouts for me was Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic.

Checking in your coats and bags before entering the gallery is a lengthy process (and retrieving them took even longer (at least 45 mins) as the gallery got busier in the afternoon).

The photographic gallery was a big disappointment. I love photography, but the majority of pieces on display were staged and of questionable interest. The publicity for the gallery shows Dorothea Lange's famous photograph of the Migrant Mother ... but sadly it is not on display (I think it is currently in New York).

The biggest annoyance for us was the level of noise in the galleries. I can honestly say that I have never encountered that in any other gallery I've visited. You should be able to quietly walk around and appreciate the art - instead, people were allowed to talk loudly / shout, etc. - and the echo in the rooms made it almost unbearable at times. My husband, who has tinnitus, had to walk out of some of the rooms because it was just too much for him.

It was a real shame, and we both left disappointed.
Written 1 February 2023
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saturdaydiner
Newtown, PA307 contributions
Aug 2022
We stayed three nights and a visit to this grest museum was a must. Great collection in a beautiful setting.
Written 28 January 2023
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K5RCR
Baton Rouge34 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Don’t start with the exceptional Impressionist section-do that as a “reward” for seeing some of the less visited sections first.
Written 23 January 2023
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Halina D
2 contributions
Jan 2023
A great date spot - check out some art, learn some history, and have a wonderful time doing so! Highly recommend the contemporary art wing.
Written 23 January 2023
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Julia M
St. Augustine, FL40 contributions
Jan 2023
I honestly would need more than one day to visit this place, the art institute has such a wide array of works, from various time periods. If you are in Chicago, and whether you have even the slightest interest in art....you must go!
Written 21 January 2023
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squinn13
Cambridge, MA172 contributions
Oct 2022
Well laid out and spaced museum, incredible impressionist area and collection. Sadly the cafes were closed in Oct 2022 so if planning a day here perhaps check in advance
Written 20 January 2023
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GlobeRunner22
Sydney, Australia212 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
This museum went above and beyond my expectations. It is an incredibly large and diverse museum covering so many aspects of art from every corner of the world. I have been to all the impressive museums like the MET, Louvre and Uffizi and I was still impressed with the enormous and diverse collection here. My

There was not enough time for me explore in great detail. If you want a more slower-paced and detailed visit you will probably need a couple of days. I was able to see everything in 3 to 4 hours but I read quickly and have to skim past a lot of things. I also looked at the map in detail before I arrived and had a clear plan of where I was going to maximise my time.

Whatever time you have in Chicago, you need to see it! If you live in Chicago or somewhere close enough, it would make sense to buy a membership for frequent visits.
Written 8 January 2023
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Jackie H
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia13 contributions
Dec 2022
The impressionist Gallery, but that's just a personal artistic preference. The whole gallery was amazing with the breadth of art, beautiful staging and sheer size of the place. You can, and I did, spend hours there.
Written 4 January 2023
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KayteeHC
Norfolk, VA424 contributions
Oct 2022
All the exhibits are great! Art work is some of the best and a great way to get out of cold and see great art.
Written 3 January 2023
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