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Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute Of Chicago has over 300,000 works of art

An internationally renowned institution, the Art Institute of Chicago is a museum that houses art collections from around the world. Its origins can be traced to the Chicago Academy of Design, which was established by local artists in 1866 and was restored as the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1879 .

The Art Institute took its present name in 1882 and was moved to its current building in 1893, covering an entire city block between Jackson and Monroe streets.

The museum contains over 300,000 works of art and is noted for its collections of 19th century French paintings and 20th century paintings and sculpture. The extensive collection keeps visitors occupied for many hours. Children too can learn and have an enjoyable time at the Kraft Education Center.

A new large wing had been added to the museum in 2009 and the works of famous artists such as Kandinsky began to be seen in the modern extension designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano. Edward Kemeys’ lions at the entrance of the institute are one of the most beloved and recognizable sculptures in the city.

New amenities as well as an interior garden have also been added during the expansion.

Art  Institute Of Chicago Map

Art Institute Of Chicago Facts

  • A particularly well-known painting in the museum is La Grande Jatte by Seurat.
  • Increased commitment to exhibit challenging contemporary work was first indicated by the innovative gallery owner Katherine Kuh.
  • Chicago Tribune once reported that Kemeys said the lions at the entrance of the building are meant to guard it.
  • The great city of Chicago houses not only this wonderful museum but also about 40 others.

Where is Art Institute Of  Chicago?

Located on Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute of Chicago has three entrances (Michigan Avenue, Monroe Street and the Millennium Park).

Best Time To Visit Art Institute Of Chicago

April through May is the best time to visit Chicago since the city enjoys beautiful weather in the summer. However, tourists should expect denser crowds and longer lines at attractions during this time of the year. The city isn’t as crowded in the spring and fall.

Art Institute Of Chicago Hours

Museum Hours

Open Daily : 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday until 8:00 p.m.

Museum Shop Hours

Open Daily : 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday until 8:00 p.m.

Ref : http://www.artic.edu/visit

Art Institute Of Chicago Tickets

General Admission ChicagoResidents* Illinois Residents*
Adults $25 $20 $22
Seniors( 65 & up) $19 $14 $16
Students $19 $14 $16
Teens( age 14 – 17) $19 $14 $16
Children under 14* free free free

For terms and condition refer : http://www.artic.edu/visit/admission-information

Nearby Attractions :  Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, John Hancock Observatory, Lincoln Park Zoo

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Published On: Thursday, August 29th, 2013