The Art Institute of Chicago

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 11 publications
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11 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

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



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


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 →


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 →


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 →



Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is hands down one of the city’s oldest treasures. Full review →


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 →


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 →


On the Grid

Two permanent collections that often get overlooked. The Thorne Miniature Rooms, located in the lower level just after entry, feature 68 rooms with impeccable detail and scale. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

With more than 260,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, the Art Institute is home to some of the world’s most celebrated masterpieces. Full review →



A world-class museum, the Art Institute boasts one of the nation’s largest permanent collections of Impressionist paintings and an extensive display of Asian art Full review →

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