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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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  • The Cezanne retrospective now at the Art Institute through early September is stupendous. The curators have gathered works from the AIC's own large holdings of Cezanne plus other museums across... 
    The Cezanne retrospective now at the Art Institute through early September is stupendous. The curators have gathered works from the AIC's own large holdings of Cezanne plus other museums across...  more »
  • Spent about 3 hours here and that was not nearly enough...multiple days may be required. Bring your walking shoes 
    Spent about 3 hours here and that was not nearly enough...multiple days may be required. Bring your walking shoes  more »
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  • Massive. Well curated. Great variety. Walks of all life. Good value. I went in with an open mind and not quite sure what to expect. After one hour I had explored just the ground floor. After 3 more hours I had swiftly explored and pondered through the other floors. The modern art area was by far my favorite! If you're unsure about coming, please let this be the sign you were looking for.
  • It’s a wonderful experience for the lifetime to visit here. I visit Chicago only to be here and experienced the greatest collection of world famous masterpieces. I wish to visit the Fullerton Hall and it was so easy to get into the hall. Staffs are extremely helpful and I wonder how they do it in their every day’s schedule. It is really big and you can be lost , so try to be organized what you are looking for if you don’t have much time to visit. I am highly obliged and feel privileged to be here. It’s one the must visit place in USA.

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