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Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the best and largest museums in the U.S., with a collection of more than 300,000 works of art.

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the best and largest museums in the U.S., with a collection of more than 300,000 works of art. The paintings on display range over 5000 years across American, European and Asian art, with major works spanning from the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements to Modern and Contemporary.

The Beaux-Arts building itself is an architectural delight, with its east entrance marked by the stone arch entrance of the old Chicago Stock Exchange and west entrance guarded by two bronze lion statues. The entire collection of art warrants spending a few days to admire and interpret, however there are some iconic works that you should definitely not miss however long you plan to be there. Highlights of the collection include Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Van Gogh's Self Portrait, By the Water and Two Sisters by Renoir, The Philosopher by Manet, Time Transfixed by Magritte, American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, The Child's Bath by Mary Cassatt, El Greco's Saint Martin and the Beggar, and Picasso's The Old Guitarist and Head of a Woman.

The exhibits are thematically arranged across 4 floors.

  • The lower level has the ✓Architecture and Design section with models and drawings from the 1870s to the present day, by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, ✓Photography exhibit, ✓Islamic Art collection, ✓Textile Collection, and ✓Thorne Miniature Rooms - a collection of 68 miniaturized 1:12 scale interiors of American, European, and Asian homes.
  • The first floor has the ✓Alsdorf Galleries showcasing Indian, Southeast Asian and Himalayan Art, ✓Chinese, Japanese and Korean Art, ✓Arts of the Americas, ✓American Decorative Arts, ✓American Art before 1900, ✓Arts of Africa, ✓Greek, Roman and Byzantine Art displaying Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian sculpture, mosaics, pottery, jewelry, glass, bronzes, and ancient coins, ✓Chagall's America Windows, ✓Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room from 1894, and ✓Prints and Drawings. The Modern Wing showcases special exhibitions, film and video. The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries are also on this floor.
  • The second floor showcases ✓Chicago Architecture, ✓European Art before 1900, ✓European Decorative Arts, ✓Impressionism, ✓American Folk Art, ✓Contemporary Art, ✓Architecture and Design, ✓Modern American Art from 1900 to 1950, ✓Arms and Armor, and ✓Medieval and Renaissance Art from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.
  • The third level is dedicated to Modern Art and Contemporary Sculpture.


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About Art Institute of Chicago

 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

 +1 312-443-3600

 www.artic.edu

Art Institute of Chicago and Nearby Sights on Map

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center is home to the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of 5 American orchestras that constitute the "Big Five" of classical music

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Housed in the Railway Exchange Building, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization which aims to inspire people to discover why design matters

The Gage Group

Louis Sullivan designed the northernmost of the three buildings here, and the team of Holabird & Roche added the next two

Cloud Gate

The Fine Arts Building

An old Michigan Avenue charmer whose worn stone walls looks even older than its 120+ years

Jewelers Building

Louis Sullivan was only a draftsman at the time this was built, but there are some interesting designs nestled into expressive façade and the classic, powerful masonry walls

The Haskell Building

Originally designed by John Mills van Osdel, the city's first accredited architect after the Chicago Fire, this four-story building is one of the oldest in the Loop

Chicago Cultural Center

Built in 1897 as Chicago's first public library and headquarters of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Chicago Cultural Center building now houses the city's Visitor Information Center, galleries, and exhibition halls

The Auditorium Theatre

Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan's masterpiece

Marquette Building

It's partially obscured by renovations, but this first-wave skyscraper still makes an immediate contrast with the modern Federal Center across the street