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Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60603-6404 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 U.S. News Travel (4.4)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Home to one of 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 earns high praise from recent visitors. The expansive facility features more than 300,000 works from all over the world in its permanent collection, with paintings spanning the ages. You'll find pieces created in the Byzantine era, as well as paintings done just a few decades ago. The Art Institute's exhibits also include 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.

In addition to the permanent collection, the Art Institute hosts traveling exhibitions covering a variety of subjects and showcasing a diverse array of artists and genres. If this all seems overwhelming, the museum does offer guided tours (covered in the cost of admission) and audio guides (for $7 per person).

The Art Institute of Chicago sits just south of Millennium Park in downtown Chicago and is easily accessible via the Adams/Wabash "L" train station (serviced by the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple lines). The museum is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursdays, the museum stays open until 8 p.m. General admission — which includes entry to special exhibitions — is $23 for adults and $17 for seniors and students with valid ID (discounts are also available for Illinois residents). If you're looking to save money, you have a couple of options. You can visit on Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. when admission is free; you can purchase a Go Chicago Card or a CityPASS, both of which include admission to the Art Institute, as well as a number of other attractions; or you can opt for a combo ticket ($39) that covers entry to both the Art Institute and the Willis Tower Skydeck. For more information, visit the Art Institute of Chicago's website.

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