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Art Institute Of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue

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.


D3nnis Plson

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
Always a new experience. We love spending a day here when we visit Chicago. Every time we go there are always new pieces to see and exhibits which have been expanded on. This creates a new and exciting experience each time and keeps us coming back. Definitely worth a trip in if you've never been.

Amanda Juman

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
If you are visiting Chicago, there is a package deal which allows you to do things like visiting the Art Institute of Chicago as part of a package price and package deal called “city pass” I think. Either way tickets are purchasable online. The view from the windows is beautiful esp when it snows. The spacious galleries and extra tall ceilings in this building really make a difference in the overall experience. The restrooms are downstairs and the rest of the museum is upstairs centered around a huge layered, white stair case. I loved the lions at the entrance as well.

C Lane

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Fantastic museum. Very busy on Saturdays. Did have a bit of a snafu with cafe. They close at 4 and I was the last person in line. They turned me away even though they served the person in front of me, I was the last person and I had gotten in line before they closed. Came to have a good time and honestly felt very attacked. But, the rest of the experience was great! Rest of staff was amazing and friendly. Art was beautiful.

Hoosier In Utah

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
One of my favorite museums in the world that I’ve ever been to. The location is fabulous, the art and the museum facilities are something very special too‼️ Although I’ve been here several times and naturally, I couldn’t go home without stopping at the museum shop (to pick up a coffee mug). To my pleasant surprise, the staff was super friendly and very helpful, which made my visit to the art museum that much more special. Now when I enjoy my coffee, of course I’ll remember this trip to the art institute, but I’ll also remember the kind and friendly service from the people at the gift shop. 😃

Dave Grissum

Sunday, July 22, 2018
I have wanted to come here since I took art in college. Some of the most recognizable works of arts in America. The surrounding area, and the building, is beautiful. The building is multi-sectional and does take time to make your way around. I suggest paying for the narration. I also suggest buying the City pass. This allows you to visit some other great attractions. Just don't try to rush through them.

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