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The Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. See all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task on foot. View the skyline from the Chicago River while listening to live commentary. Snap photos of the Willis (Sears) Tower, Old Post Office, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Wrigley Building, and more. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (May 29 - September 6,) each ticket includes a one-way water taxi ticket.
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TJC wrote a review 5 Feb
79 contributions3 helpful votes
One of the finest collections of Impressionist art in the USA. Monet, Renoir and all the biggies. Lots of Seurat and so many others. MUST SEE FOR ART LOVERS!
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Date of experience: December 2020
GennadyPodolsky wrote a review Jan 2021
Chicago, Illinois9 contributions
Great exhibits and so much to see! Definitely plan to spend the day there. Love the iconic paintings!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Norris A wrote a review Jan 2021
Chicago, Illinois1,974 contributions338 helpful votes
El Greco exhibit- September 2020 was the draw. The concurrent Monet exhibit had wait times of an hour or more and we couldn't deal with that. The French Impressionists section is my favorite and that would fill my Monet needs after El G. We had booked our timed tickets on line and had no wait once we arrived. In the El Greco rooms there were staff watching over some of the paintings that were NOT to be photographed (Boo! Hiss!). I followed the rules of course. You will want to take photos I imagine but no selfie sticks, no flash and no tripods are allowed. Take your shot then step aside for the next person. It didn't take long to scour each El Greco room before moving on to the French Impressionists which is my cup of tea . Foot traffic was One Way to stop bunching up in the narrow passageways and prevent you retracing your steps. The building is vast and there's so much to see-perfect for a rainy day when there aren't major exhibitions. Today there were two such which kept us moving and we were out onto Michigan Avenue again within 2 hours. Once tourism returns to Chicago expect the usual major crowds here. There's a nice quiet park just to the South with statuary and a fountain which is a good place to sit and consider what you've seen or to snack on a sandwich. The cafes within the Art Institute were closed but usually do a roaring trade. There is of course a beautiful and well stocked Gift Shop.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Freedom46485458989 wrote a review Dec 2020
LaGrange, Georgia1 contribution
It was fun and very exciting I loved seeing the big buildings and the beautiful waters.. it was strange at first seeing all the different sights but for the most part I think everybody should go and enjoy themselves this place maid me and my friends feel like we need to see more of this world .so that being said people enjoy life to the fullest get out and see what this beautiful world has to offer...
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Date of experience: March 2020
Tanya T. wrote a review Nov 2020
Illinois1,285 contributions297 helpful votes
The Art Institute of Chicago is world renowned for its curated collections. But you should not miss the exterior spaces. The north and south gardens are stunning and in the fall season, it is one of the best leaf peeping spots in the Loop!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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