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Art Institute of Chicago

Type: Art & Culture, Art Museums, Museums

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Best Attractions & Activities: A highlight of any trip to Chicago, this museum is home to one of the best and most diverse art collections in the world. People are drawn first to the vast Impressionist collection, including the world's largest group of Monet paintings. But treasures abound, including the haunting "American Gothic" and Seurat's groundbreaking Pointillist work. See pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Pollock, and Warhol. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the Modern Wing is home to the museum's collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. The temporary shows are also well known and always receive critical acclaim. Kids particularly enjoy the Thorne Rooms, 68 miniature room models with intricately detailed European interiors from the 16th century through the 1930s as well as American furnishings from the 17th century to 1940.

Things to Do in Fall: Set your eyes upon provocative art on display 50 years after final Chicago exhibition. "Hairy Who" consists of the work of six boldy unconventional Chicago artists who showcased their work at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960's. Inspired by the city's cultural and political fabric of the times, Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca and Karl Wirsum transformed pop images into virtuosic artworks. Self-named, Hairy Who's specific style transformed the cultural landscape of the city. The fantastic exhibition is on display from Sept. 26, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Family-Friendly Museums: A highlight of any trip to Chicago, this museum is home to one of the best and most diverse art collections in the world. But there's plenty here that will interest kids, including the Thorne Miniature Rooms, displays of armor worn by Medieval knights, and the Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery where children are encouraged to touch art pieces. Adults will be wowed by the Art Institute's vast Impressionist collection, including the world's largest group of Monet paintings. But treasures abound, including the haunting "American Gothic." The contemporary section includes pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Pollock and Warhol. The temporary shows are also well known and always receive critical acclaim. Kids particularly enjoy the Thorne Rooms, 68 miniature room models with intricately detailed European interiors from the 16th century through the 1930s as well as American furnishings from the 17th century to 1940.

Museums, Attractions near United Center, Sightseeing: A highlight of any trip to Chicago, this museum is home to one of the best and most diverse art collections in the world. People are drawn first to the vast Impressionist collection, including the world's largest group of Monet paintings. But treasures abound, including the haunting "American Gothic" and Seurat's groundbreaking Pointillist work. The contemporary section has been expanded and now includes pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Pollock, and Warhol. The temporary shows are also well known and always receive critical acclaim. Kids particularly enjoy the Thorne Rooms, 68 miniature room models with intricately detailed European interiors from the 16th century through the 1930s as well as American furnishings from the 17th century to 1940.


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111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

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312-443-3600


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Expert Tips by Jacky Runice

Chicago Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "In addition to the world's largest Monet collection, explore the museum's Modern Wing for one of the world's great collections of modern and contemporary art."

Things to Do in Fall: "Consider some of the ancillary action like family workshops, lectures and an After Dark event for adults with late-night access, live performances, complimentary bites, and a cash bar."

Family-Friendly Museums: "Enjoy free admission for kids under 14 and Chicago teens under 18. Be sure to include family-friendly art-making activities, self-guides and games."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago can view the haunting "American Gothic" and Seurat's groundbreaking Pointillist work.

Best for Things to Do in Fall Because: This one-of-a-kind exhibition features a dynamic installation inspired by the gonzo environments originally created by the Hairy Who.

Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: This is one of the best art museum's in the world, and home to a stunning Impressionist collection.

Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Museums, Attractions near United Center, Sightseeing: "Check out the world's largest Monet collection."

Best for Museums, Attractions near United Center, Sightseeing Because: Visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago can view the haunting "American Gothic" and Seurat's groundbreaking Pointillist work.

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