The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave (btwn Monroe St & Jackson Dr), Chicago, IL 60603
Open until 5:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun
    • 10:30 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:30 AM–8:00 PM
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  • "... head right for the Impressionist collection and the 20th century modern art..." (13 tips)
  • "... and also visiting exhibits from masters you won't want to miss. Check..." (25 tips)
  • "Breathtaking collection!" (32 tips)

    The collection encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from around the world & more than 260,000 pieces. The Modern Wing was opened in 2009 & is the largest expansion in their history.

    HISTORY · April 7, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    While at the Art Institute, make sure to check out their self-guided movie-themed tour. Click the link that follows this tip to view the PDF. Read more

    Explore Chicago · January 29, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    In "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" (1986), the little girl in the center of "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884" (1884–86) captivated the attention of Ferris' friend Cameron. Read more

    Explore Chicago · January 29, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the largest and most extensive collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Read more

    Explore Chicago · January 29, 2010
  • AskMen

    The company sells art books at outlets such as Urban Outfitters & Saks Fifth Ave, but this outpost hopes to lure fans looking to pick up books about Dali, Calatrava and Dennis Hopper’s photographs Read more

    AskMen · July 5, 2011
  • Explore Chicago

    Browse the Art Institute’s galleries, then head to their bookshops, which offer a comprehensive range of art titles, as well as artistic stationary and gifts.

    Explore Chicago · November 4, 2011
  • Explore Chicago

    According to John Hughes, The Art Institute "was a place of refuge for me, I went there quite a bit, I loved it. I knew all the paintings, the building. [Ferris] was a chance for me to go back..." Read more

    Explore Chicago · January 29, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    The "Historic Route 66" begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago. Read more

    Explore Chicago · January 29, 2010
  • Valentine's Day Movie

    Spend a few hours wandering around originals by Monet and Van Gogh to appreciate real beauty with someone special. #vday

    Valentine's Day Movie · February 2, 2010
  • Katie N.

    Check out the new modern wing.

    Katie N. · February 17, 2010
  • Time Out Chicago

    This venerable art institution's architecture is just as artistic and beautiful as its exhibitions.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
  • AIA National

    Architecture firm Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge inherited H.H. Richardson's practice and completed the design of this building. It was voted one of America's favorite buildings in a poll by AIA National. Read more

    AIA National · March 11, 2011
  • ShopTRACY B.

    the new modern wing is a must see & grab a bite...

    ShopTRACY B. · August 26, 2010
  • Jessica A.

    The Modern Wing is amazing. One of my favorite places in the city.

    Jessica A. · February 15, 2010
  • Scott Kleinberg

    You can't leave without taking a photo - or 20 - of the iconic lions.

    Scott Kleinberg · March 10, 2012
  • ToryBurch

    The home of such homegrown masterpieces as Grant Wood's American Gothic and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.

    ToryBurch · April 18, 2011
  • Sue R.

    If you haven't seen it yet, get there ASAP. Still one of the finest museums in the world.

    Sue R. · December 16, 2009
  • Mark R.

    The new modern wing is a great addition to the city Read more

    Mark R. · November 19, 2009

    See some of the finest impressionist/post-impressionist art collection in the world here. See a Van Gogh self-portrait, Hopper's Nighthawks, Monet's Wheatstacks, and Woods's American Gothic. · September 12, 2011
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    One of the great museums of the world: Exhibits span 5,000 years, and the Impressionist and post-Impressionist collections are the highlight. – Green Guide Editor

  • MarieClaire

    This museum has one of the most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Housed in an impressive Beaux-Arts building, the collection is world-renowned.

    MarieClaire · November 12, 2010
  • Movie Mayor

    Taking the day off? You're at one of the many stops Matthew Broderick and friends make in 1986's "Ferris Buller's Day Off." Don't forget to find Cameron's favorite "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte." Read more

    Movie Mayor · July 21, 2010
  • Chris V.

    We have one of the BEST art museums in the country, right here on Michigan Avenue. I could just hang out at the Art Institute of Chicago all day, and get lost in truly beautiful creations in art.

    Chris V. · February 11, 2010
  • Time Out Chicago

    This venerable art institution's architecture is just as artistic and beautiful as its exhibitions. -LW

    Time Out Chicago · May 29, 2012
  • AskMen

    Tonight, the 1st After Dark of 2011 provides art aficionados an after-hours peek at the new Hyperlinks: Architecture & Design exhibit. Swing by to see the stunning collection of works. Read more

    AskMen · January 14, 2011
  • Michael G.

    Go To Class

    Michael G. · March 28, 2010
  • Jacynte L.

    Must reserve at Terza Piano resto located in the new Modern Wing of the museum...Excellent food and amaZing view!

    Jacynte L. · October 23, 2011
  • Cracken ..

    Terrific Impressionists wing

    Cracken .. · January 8, 2010
  • Alice Graphix

    Get some inspiration from the classics

    Alice Graphix · September 25, 2011
  • Robert R.

    ...amazing! Check out the Matisse (Radical Invention 1913-1917) exhibition. Read more

    Robert R. · June 2, 2010
  • Greer G.

    Absolutely impossible to pick a favorite piece from this unbelievable connection. But I always make a visit to Hopper's 'Nighthawks'-it's so iconic and evocative of time and place Read more

    Greer G. · February 9, 2010
  • Kyle K.

    Don't forget to show proof you live in Illinois for free admission. .

    Kyle K. · March 6, 2013
  • Mary G.

    Free on Thurs nights. An impressionism lover's dream! Famous paintings from Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin. Also "La Grande Jatte" by Seurat,"Waterlillies" by Monet, "Nighthawks" & "American Gothic."

    Mary G. · May 28, 2010
  • Shari F.

    Go to the second floor and walk from Monet to the Modern wing. See the Jackson Pollock. From iconoclast to iconoclast, 50 yrs in 5 minutes (or 50 minutes, it's worth the time!) Read more

    Shari F. · November 23, 2009
  • Bill W.

    Possibly the best museum experience in Chicago. The contrast between the original and modern wings makes this place even better.

    Bill W. · November 4, 2009
  • Brian C.

    Best collection of Monets in the US. A must see for any fan of impressionist art! Read more

    Brian C. · April 20, 2010
  • Travel + Leisure

    The spectacular Modern Wing, designed by Renzo Piano in limestone, glass, and steel was voted by T+L readers as one of the world’s top new landmarks in 2011. Read more

    Travel + Leisure · May 29, 2012
  • Howard B.

    Where Cameron becomes captivated by the little girl at the center of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 (1884–86).

    Howard B. · February 10, 2012
  • Gilt City

    Ditch the generic bar night and live out a hipper version of Night at the Museum with cocktails, DJs, theater performances and more in its Modern Wing from nine to midnight on March 11.

    Gilt City · March 10, 2011
  • Sarah K.

    Check out the new modern art wing in addition to all of the other amazing collections they have there.

    Sarah K. · May 25, 2010
  • Damon K.

    the trading room is a wonderful spot for reflection.

    Damon K. · March 30, 2010
  • John Michael N.

    Free in Feb

    John Michael N. · February 17, 2010
  • Jasmine D.

    Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus - see it.

    Jasmine D. · January 22, 2010
  • Carol P.

    The new modern wing is a work of art unto itself. Be sure to ride the escalator from Millennium park to the roof cafe. The views of the "mile" are magnificent.

    Carol P. · January 19, 2010
  • Ben A.

    Don't be this guy.

    Ben A. · April 6, 2013
  • Hyejin P.

    The most lovely places in Chicago! Daily open at 10:30 am and closed at 5:00 pm. Only Thursdays, 8:00 pm to closed.

    Hyejin P. · March 8, 2013
  • Jake S.

    Allow yourself 5-10 minutes to observe the absolute magnificence that is the Grand Staircase. The view from the second floor is stunning.

    Jake S. · February 17, 2013
  • Jess K.

    Cut through the garden from the main entrance to the renovated part where there is a shorter line

    Jess K. · November 24, 2012
  • Chicago Cultural Plan 2012

    More than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world! A Chicago must do!

    Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 · January 23, 2012
  • Dora

    Visit the Museum on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm, when admission is free for everyone.Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010

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