Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the finest art museums in the world. It sits along Michigan Avenue in Grant Park just south of Millennium Park. With several important pieces in its collection and excellent temporary exhibits, it’s a must-see for art lovers visiting Chicago.

Flanked by its signature lions, the building was built in 1893 for the Chicago World’s Fair. On either side of the museum is a garden that’s also worth visiting.

Art Institute of Chicago in Grant Park

Art Institute of Chicago

Lion at the Art Institute of Chicago

Lion at the Art Institute

The lions are often dressed up in support of Chicago’s sports teams.

Lion dressed up for the Stanley Cup Finals at the Art Institute of Chicago

Lion dressed up for the Stanley Cup Finals

Over 300,000 works of art are in the museum’s collection and it is one of the most visited art museums in the world. It can take a full day to go through all of the rooms in the museum. Many of the works of art are instantly recognizable, including Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic. Others aren’t familiar but very impressive.

American Gothic by Grant Wood at the Art Institute of Chicago

American Gothic by Grant Wood (1930)

Some very important paintings by world famous artists such as Van Gogh, El GrecoRembrandt, Monet, Renoir, and more are included in the collection.

Van Gogh Self Portrait at the Art Institute of Chicago

Van Gogh Self Portrait (1887)

Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet (1917/19) at the Art Institute of Chicago

Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet (1917/19)

Saint Francis Kneeling in Meditation by El Greco (1595/1600) at the Art Institute of Chicago

Saint Francis Kneeling in Meditation by El Greco (1595/1600)

Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1881) at the Art Institute of Chicago

Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1881)

The extensive American art collection includes works by Georgia O’Keefe and many others.

Cow's Skull with Calico Roses by Georgia O'Keeffe (1931) at the Art Institute of Chicago

Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses by Georgia O’Keeffe (1931)

The Modern Wing features contemporary works of art by artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dalí. It opened in 2009 and is connected to Millennium Park via the Nichols Bridgeway.

The Red Armchair by Pablo Picasso (1931) at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Red Armchair by Pablo Picasso (1931)

Inventions of the Monsters by Salvador Dalí (1937) at the Art Institute of Chicago

Inventions of the Monsters by Salvador Dalí (1937)

The Ancient and Byzantine Art collection features works from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, including coins, busts, vases, and reliefs.

Fragment of a Funerary Naiskos (Monument in the Shape of a Temple) (about 330 BC, Greek) at the Art Institute of Chicago

Fragment of a Funerary Naiskos (Monument in the Shape of a Temple) (about 330 BC, Greek)

A very impressive sculpture collection is also on display, as well as art from Asia.

Crowned and Bejewelled Buddha Seated on an Elephant Throne (Late 19th Century) at the Art Institute of Chicago

Crowned and Bejewelled Buddha Seated on an Elephant Throne (Late 19th Century)

As of September 2016, admission is US$20 for Chicago residents, US$22 for Illinois residents, and US$25 for all others. Children under 14 are admitted free of charge.

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