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.
The lions are often dressed up in support of Chicago’s sports teams.
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.
The extensive American art collection includes works by Georgia O’Keefe and many others.
The Ancient and Byzantine Art collection features works from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, including coins, busts, vases, and reliefs.
A very impressive sculpture collection is also on display, as well as art from Asia.
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.