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The Art Institute of Chicago is both a world class museum and an institute that offers undergraduate degrees.

The Art Institute of Chicago is both a world class museum and an institute that offers undergraduate degrees.

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the city's most cherished cultural assets, but there's more to the museum than its galleries. Two pocket parks straddle the museum along Michigan Avenue, and the park just south of the museum features the dramatic Fountain of the Great Lakes sculpture from Lorado Taft.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the city's most cherished cultural assets, but there's more to the museum than its galleries. Two pocket parks straddle the museum along Michigan Avenue, and the park just south of the museum features the dramatic Fountain of the Great Lakes sculpture from Lorado Taft.

Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street, Rainy Day, 1877, oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago, Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection.

Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street, Rainy Day, 1877, oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago, Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection.

Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877 by Caillebote. Art Institute of Chicago.

Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877 by Caillebote. Art Institute of Chicago.

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This afternoon at the park by Seraut (pointilism) is something to see in person! Amazing.

Art Institute of Chicago. This afternoon at the park by Seraut (pointilism) is something to see in person! Amazing.

Most beautiful museum I have ever been to and would love to see once again because I shared the experience with someone I love, my son......  It seems the memory of that experience is one I would like to share with someone else I love, my husband Andrew.  I would hope after I leave this world to leave him with just one more of those good memories <3

Most beautiful museum I have ever been to and would love to see once again because I shared the experience with someone I love, my son...... It seems the memory of that experience is one I would like to share with someone else I love, my husband Andrew. I would hope after I leave this world to leave him with just one more of those good memories <3

The world’s favorite museum isn’t the Louvre. Or the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. According to TripAdvisor users, the highest rated museum is the Art Institute of Chicago, home to the iconic “American Gothic” painting by Grant Wood. After crunching the numbers in an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews …

The world’s favorite museum isn’t the Louvre. Or the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. According to TripAdvisor users, the highest rated museum is the Art Institute of Chicago, home to the iconic “American Gothic” painting by Grant Wood. After crunching the numbers in an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews …

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Art Institute by the Elevated Rail Lines Chicago vintage railroad travel poster

The Windy City, the City of the Broad Shoulders, the Second City—there’s a reason Chicago has so many nicknames: this is a city of multitudes. That also means there’s a lot to do here, from fine dining to award-winning local theater to cultural gems like the Art Institute of Chicago. Whether you’re visiting Chicago for the first time or the tenth, here are twenty things you absolutely can't miss.

20 Ultimate Things to Do in Chicago

The Windy City, the City of the Broad Shoulders, the Second City—there’s a reason Chicago has so many nicknames: this is a city of multitudes. That also means there’s a lot to do here, from fine dining to award-winning local theater to cultural gems like the Art Institute of Chicago. Whether you’re visiting Chicago for the first time or the tenth, here are twenty things you absolutely can't miss.

This is Van Gogh's self-portrait in the Art Institute of Chicago.  No photograph does justice to it because of it's marvelous texture and luminosity.  When I saw it in person, it literally brought tears to my eyes.

This is Van Gogh's self-portrait in the Art Institute of Chicago. No photograph does justice to it because of it's marvelous texture and luminosity. When I saw it in person, it literally brought tears to my eyes.