The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

Art Museum · Grant Park


The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually.

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One could make the argument that the Art Institute of Chicago has one of the greatest collections of art on the planet. From works by Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keefe to artifacts from across the ancient world, this museum’s collection would take days to experience. Start your morning in the Impressionist wing before it fills up with tourists to see Van Gogh’s colors up close, then join a guided tour that will give you a deeper understanding of the history and significance of the collection.
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Whether you love classic paintings or modern masterpieces, a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago will give you a peek at the museum’s collection of more than 300,000 artworks. Be like Ferris Bueller and see Georges Seurat’s iconic canvas A Sunday on La Grande Jatte or move on to the Modern Wing to spot the work of Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. Don’t leave without admiring the Thorne Miniature Rooms—a collection of 68 scenes that incorporate hyper-detailed miniature architecture and furniture.
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11AM: Take in some masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago, which holds world-class collections including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Rene Magritte. Crowds usually gather at Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte; less so at Marc Chagall’s America Windows.
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As painter Ray Yoshida (1930–2009) explored Chicago he was drawn to details most overlooked; a tooth painted on a dentist’s office window, a sewing machine on a dry cleaner’s sign, and a hairdryer and scissors above a salon door. His collection of Polaroids and other idiosyncratic images—like comic strips and candy wrappers—inspired his collages and paintings. Yoshida’s vision of the city’s vernacular landscape influenced generations of his students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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The Art Institute of Chicago holds over 22 Georgia O’Keeffe paintings, including flower paintings and those of shells and bones. The Institute was also the site of the artist’s first retrospective, in 1943.
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The Art Institute of Chicago (ARTIC) has way more than Renoir, Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh paintings to pique a mini art aficionado’s interest. Don’t be deterred by the quiet library-like atmosphere, they have kid-appropriate spaces that encourage little ones to discover, explore and, believe it or not, make some rowdy noise.
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No visit to Chicago is complete without a trip to the Art Institute, the crown jewel in the city’s cultural scene. The museum has more than 300,000 works in its permanent collection, spanning many different movements such as the Renaissance and Surrealism. Expect to see quintessential pieces by Edward Hopper, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and Cézanne, plus a vast array of sculptures, ceramics and contemporary pieces.
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