Art Institute of Chicago
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Home to the country's most impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art (as well as works from numerous other genres), the Art Institute of Chicago is a must for any art aficionado. Even if paintings don't spark your interest, this downtown museum has all sorts of intriguing artifacts, from European armor to the Thorne Miniature Rooms, which showcase interior design and furnishings in Europe and America from the 17th to 20th centuries. The museum also hosts numerous series of films, lectures and special presentations.
The Art Institute of Chicago is open daily with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission to the permanent collections varies from between $12 and $18, with free entry for children 14 years old or younger. Save some money and visit the museum for free on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.