The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

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Developed from a free art school and gallery started in the 1860s, The Art Institute of Chicago now holds a permanent collection of more than 300,000 artworks. One of its most beloved paintings is George Seurat's Pointillism masterpiece "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte." Exhibits spread over eight buildings include Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, with additional holdings of Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, and industrial and graphic design. Highlights include paintings by American artists Grant Wood and Edward Hopper, as well as Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, van Gogh, and Picasso. The main building itself counts among the city's major landmarks, featuring two bronze lions guarding its main entrance. Check the online calendar for special events and temporary exhibits, which often require separate time-stamped tickets. Save time by purchasing your tickets in advance. Because the museum covers so much ground, it helps to map out exhibits you particularly want to see before you start exploring. Before you head to Chicago, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Chicago trip maker tool , to make sure you see all that Chicago has to offer, including The Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • Arrived at opening at 10:30 long line that went quickly you can't go into museum with large backpacks but they do offer storage. I paid for the audio guide for 7 bucks then found out there is an app o...  more »
  • This art gallery is massive. We only had a couple of hours and visited the impressionist section. Truly awesome! Just do it.  more »
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  • It's one of the best art museums in the world. We're went specifically to see the Manet exhibit, since she loves impressionism. I personally enjoyed seeing the African American artist whom I had not seen before. It was fascinating to see the periods Manet with threw and expressed in his art. We're had a great time.
  • Wow! What an amazing museum! Not only did all the works of art capture and mesmerize all of us, but the staff and volunteers were so helpful and friendly. Great cafe with excellent pastries and drink options. Beautiful building and facility. We loved our time here and would recommend it as an absolute must see in Chicago.
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