Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago information

Chicago , USA
111 S Michigan Ave
+1 312 443 3600
Getting there
Metro: Brown, Orange, Green, Purple, Pink Line to Adams
More information
adult/child $25/free
Opening hours
10:30am-5pm Fri-Wed, to 8pm Thu
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The second-largest art museum in the country, the Art Institute's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings rivals those in France, and the number of surrealist works is tremendous. Download the free app for DIY tours; it offers 50 jaunts, everything from highlights (Grant Wood's American Gothic , Edward Hopper's Nighthawks ) to a 'birthday-suit tour' of naked works. Allow two hours to browse the museum's must-sees; art buffs should allocate much longer.

The main entrance is on Michigan Ave, but you can also enter via the dazzling Modern Wing on Monroe St. Ask at the front desk about free talks and tours once you're inside. Note that the 3rd-floor contemporary sculpture terrace is always free. It has great city views and connects to Millennium Park via the mod, pedestrian-only Nichols Bridgeway.