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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Shedd Aquarium

Both are rated very highly by experts. On balance, The Art Institute of Chicago ranks slightly higher than Shedd Aquarium. The Art Institute of Chicago scores 97 with endorsements from 11 reviews such as concierge.com, goop and Fodor's.

Both are rated very highly by experts. On balance, The Art Institute of Chicago ranks slightly higher than Shedd Aquarium. The Art Institute of Chicago scores 97 with endorsements from 11 reviews such as concierge.com, goop and Fodor's.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Chicago
location

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6404

endorsements
  • 13 endorsements
  • 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.

  • 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 →

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93
#7 in Chicago

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

  • 9 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    Encased in a handsome marble octagon overlooking the Lake, the Shedd is the world's largest indoor aquarium.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    One of the most popular aquariums in the country, the Shedd houses more than 32,500 creatures from around the world. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    The Shedd is one of the world's largest indoor aquariums and houses thousands of river, lake, and sea denizens in standard aquarium tanks and elaborate new habitats. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Top draws at the kiddie-mobbed Shedd Aquarium include the Oceanarium, with its beluga whales and frolicking white-sided dolphins, and the shark exhibit. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    The world's largest indoor aquarium. It houses some 8,000 aquatic animals comprising 650 species from around the globe. Full Review →

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