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.

Renzo Piano designed Chicago's Modern Wing of the Art Institute with a floating staircase. #chicagosavvytours

Renzo Piano designed Chicago's Modern Wing of the Art Institute with a floating staircase. #chicagosavvytours

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.

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.

16 of Chicago's Greatest Secret Gardens and Park Spaces

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.

Giant objects. Claes Oldenburg is a Swedish sculptor who makes large replicas of everyday objects. He was born in 1929 and moved to Chicago in 1936. He went to Yale University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He's been associated with the Pop Art movement since the 1960s. He created most of his sculptures in collaboration with his late wife Coosje van Bruggen. More here.

Giant objects. Claes Oldenburg is a Swedish sculptor who makes large replicas of everyday objects. He was born in 1929 and moved to Chicago in 1936. He went to Yale University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He's been associated with the Pop Art movement since the 1960s. He created most of his sculptures in collaboration with his late wife Coosje van Bruggen. More here.

Claude Monet waterlilies  Art Institute of Chicago.  ** I never appreciated the pure beauty of impressionist until visiting an exhibit.  When you have the opportunity~ GO!  ~ SR **

Claude Monet waterlilies Art Institute of Chicago. ** I never appreciated the pure beauty of impressionist until visiting an exhibit. When you have the opportunity~ GO! ~ SR **

A five-minute show on the American painter Grant Wood's "American Gothic" at the Art Institute of Chicago. (4:30)

A five-minute show on the American painter Grant Wood's "American Gothic" at the Art Institute of Chicago. (4:30)

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