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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Navy Pier

Both are endorsed by experts. On balance, The Art Institute of Chicago is the choice of most writers compared to Navy Pier. The Art Institute of Chicago is ranked #1 in Chicago with endorsements from 11 sources such as Frommer's, Afar Magazine and On the Grid.

Both are endorsed by experts. On balance, The Art Institute of Chicago is the choice of most writers compared to Navy Pier. The Art Institute of Chicago is ranked #1 in Chicago with endorsements from 11 sources such as Frommer's, Afar Magazine and On the Grid.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Chicago
location

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6404

endorsements
  • 13 endorsements
  • 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 →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The second-largest art museum in the country, the Art Institute houses treasures and masterpieces from around the globe. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    The AIC is one of the great museums of the world and the preeminent arts institution of the Midwest. Its collections span 5,000 years. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 54

    The Oriental Institute is dedicated to the study of the languages, history and cultures of the ancient Near East. Full Review →

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#16 in Chicago

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

  • 8 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's

    No matter the season, Navy Pier is a fun place to spend a few hours, especially with kids in tow. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    Built during World War I, this 3,000-foot-long pier served as a Navy training center for pilots during World War II. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Half-mile-long Navy Pier is Chicago's most-visited attraction, sporting a 150ft Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater, a beer garden and gimmicky chain restaurants. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    This beloved kiddie classic boasts carved horses bobbing to organ music. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    Navy Pier has enjoyed many lives since it was first built in 1916 as a passenger and freight terminal. Full Review →

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