This place was terrific. Large enough to feel I can always go back and see something I missed. The collection is amazing! Plenty if familiar works. Plan on a lot of walking. The map isn't the best, but very helpful staff. The Impressionists and an introduction to the works of Charles White were first rate.
Love the Art Institute. Never boring, always an adventure. Many beautiful collections, masterfully presented, but not over-done, from every period, ancient to modern. Museum is immaculate. Rooms designed to flow and allow visitors to move easily from exhibit to exhibit, period to period, or artist to artist. European art collection on third floor is exceptional. Staff are outstanding, polite and helpful. Easy to lose yourself here and spend the better part of your day, and usually it's only sore feet that will end your visit. Something for everyone, including kids, with hands-on experiences as well. Miniatures are spectacular, as is the Oriental arts section. Nice gift shop. Good to go during the week when it is less crowded. Museum offers excellent special exhibits throughout the year. Free admission to Illinois residents on Thursday evenings.
Beautiful place! It really captures what I look for in a museum as far as a diversity of exhibits. I got lost in the European wing and probably spent an hour just going through and absorbing the grandiose paintings that were there. I enjoyed the section devoted to Christian symbols, especially the gold altarpieces. The aesthetic still rings true to a lot of churches and even decorative styles in this day and age. I recommend going to the textiles exhibit on the lower level. It’s also a really interesting space and example of fabric and art as one. I enjoyed it; it was small and intimate. Unfortunately I came around 2pm and it closes at 5, so I didn’t get to see everything. I recommend at least 3.5+ hours to go through the exhibits and really dive deep. Cheers!
Cannot say enough about this place!!! The collection of paintings and art work is off the chain. You can get lost in this place. Truly, an artist paradise. Must go to, over and over again. Has everything for everyone. Even great cafe's for eats. ❤😍❤
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the finest museums I have ever visited. The museum is laid out in huge, easy to follow sections of current exhibitions and all encompassing collections of Asian, African, South American, Contemporary, Modern, European and Photography. When I was able to see a Renoir or Warhol up close, I almost cried as emotions flooded over me. The art is exquisitely displayed and the audio guides are essential discovery tools for exploration. I could spend a week there and still not really see anything. We used a Citypass and efficiently moved through a very short line. The garden outside was beautiful as well. What an amazing gift for the world, this is what makes us a civilized nation. Bravo!