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Art Institute Of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue
312-443-3600

Mission :
The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world's diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession's highest ethical standards and practices.

History :
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 as both a museum and school, first stood on the southwest corner of State and Monroe Streets. It opened on its present site at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in 1893. Built on rubble from the 1871 Chicago fire, the museum housed a collection of plaster casts and had a visionary purpose: to acquire and exhibit art of all kinds and to conduct programs of education. The collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, and the school's graduate program is continually ranked as one of the best in the country. Within the next decade, a new complex will continue this process of growth.



Reviews

Marijana Ignjatovic

Rating:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Love the Art Institute. Never boring, always an adventure. Many beautiful collections, masterfully presented, but not over-done, from every period, ancient to modern. Museum is immaculate. Rooms designed to flow and allow visitors to move easily from exhibit to exhibit, period to period, or artist to artist. European art collection on third floor is exceptional. Staff are outstanding, polite and helpful. Easy to lose yourself here and spend the better part of your day, and usually it's only sore feet that will end your visit. Something for everyone, including kids, with hands-on experiences as well. Miniatures are spectacular, as is the Oriental arts section. Nice gift shop. Good to go during the week when it is less crowded. Museum offers excellent special exhibits throughout the year. Free admission to Illinois residents on Thursday evenings.

Elizabeth Carper

Rating:
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Cannot say enough about this place!!! The collection of paintings and art work is off the chain. You can get lost in this place. Truly, an artist paradise. Must go to, over and over again. Has everything for everyone. Even great cafe's for eats. ❤😍❤

Zinia Y

Rating:
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Good amount and variety of collections, though a lot of them are copies. It is good that they have free audio instructors but some interesting items are lacking it. Sketching class looks like a good way to have interaction with audiences. And I like the food court, modern and convenient, with healthy food of many choices ( only that food is overpriced too much). After all it is a good place to spend the whole day for local people or visitors.

Hannah Michelson

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
A must-do in Chicago! I literally had one day in the city and chose to spend it at The Art Institute and I am very happy with that decision. I only ended up getting about 5 hours there, and next time I'll allocate more time because there is SO much to see. Online ticket purchase was quick and easy, and I loved the mobile ticket option. Purchased one adult ticket and one audio guide. The audio guide was cool and relatively inexpensive, but I wasn't able to use it as much as I'd thought. There are not a ton of pieces in the Modern Wing that have an audio piece, but I enjoyed the ones that did. It came more in handy in the Impressionist Collection. Before I began exploring, I was able to check my luggage (a medium sized suitcase and a backpack) for $2, which made the experience much more enjoyable. I spent about 3 hours exploring the Modern Wing. The Video and New Media exhibit was closed, as was one of contemporary galleries, and I skipped photography on the first floor and the modern era on the third floor due to time constraints. The rest of it was grand! Obviously the massive New Contemporary Collection was to die for. Tons and tons of incredible pieces of all varieties (painting, sculpture, photography and even a video) with the centerpiece being the room of Warhol. I should have given myself more time in the impressionist collection. It was incredible and 45 minutes was not near enough time to appreciate everything. Can't wait to go back and see more!

Danielle Tomassini

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Great collection and events. I love that they do kids programming. I took my 3 year old to their Martin Luther King Jr program that he enjoyed. I'll definitely look for other activities to get my son involved as he grows.

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Upcoming Events at Art Institute Of Chicago

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