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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Museum of Contemporary Art

Both are rated highly by experts. Overall, The Art Institute of Chicago ranks significantly higher than Museum of Contemporary Art. The Art Institute of Chicago scores 97 with accolades from 11 publications such as On the Grid, Lonely Planet and Travel + Leisure.

Both are rated highly by experts. Overall, The Art Institute of Chicago ranks significantly higher than Museum of Contemporary Art. The Art Institute of Chicago scores 97 with accolades from 11 publications such as On the Grid, Lonely Planet and Travel + Leisure.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Chicago
location

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6404

endorsements
  • 13 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    The Art Institute of Chicago hosts the first exhibition devoted to Britain’s rising-star architect David Adjaye in September. Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    It takes several days to navigate this superb museum housing some 260,000 artworks—including some of the world's most famous masterpieces.

  • 8

    Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

    An institution, whose gorgeous historic wing (opened in 1893) is rivaled only by its stark and stunning Modern Wing... the second-largest museum in the country. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Come for the sterling collection of Impressionists (an entire room is dedicated to Monet) and Old Masters; linger over the extraordinary and comprehensive photography collection. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    You can't -- and shouldn't -- miss the Art Institute. No matter what medium or century interests you, the Art Institute has something in its collection to fit the bill. Full Review →

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96
#3 in Chicago

220 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

  • 12 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Exhibit halls branch off the central staircase... and the East and West facing glass walls have unparalleled views over Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    The museum, though, is more interested in keeping things cutting-edge and fun than in surveying even the recent past.

  • 8

    Condé Nast Traveler

    It's not solely focused on fine art: Exhibits have featured the work of artists as diverse as sculptor Alexander Calder, cartoonist Daniel Clowes, and legendary musician David Bowie. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    It doesn't have any permanent exhibits; this gives it a feeling of freshness, but it also makes it impossible to predict what will be on display at any time. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    Although you can see the main highlights in about an hour, art lovers will want more time to wander, especially if a high-profile exhibit is in town. Full Review →

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