The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

Just imagine having 264,000 square-feet of modern art at your disposal seven days a week. That is exactly what you have if you visit the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Above is but one example of the funky-cool exhibits that await you in this colossal house of creativity. If you need a drink, a snack, or perhaps a fine-cuisine fix to recharge, you can also stop by the Terzo Piano restaurant that is located within the museum. The Modern Wing is a must-see for art lovers while visiting the Windy City.

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European Art at the Art Institute

Gustav Caillebotte’s Paris: A Rainy Day (above) hangs in the entrance to the European Painting and Sculpture wing of Chicago’s Art Institute. It’s the painting that stayed with me from my first visit to the Art Institute and even now when I see it, I think of Chicago. The European wing is my very favorite floor of the Art Institute. When you go, make sure you see Claude Monet’s haystacks, Henri Toulouse-Latrec’s green faced lady dancing At the Moulin Rouge, George Seruat’s giant pointillism painting of people hanging out on the island on A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Auguste Rodin’s fierce sculpture of the writer Balzac, Pablo Picasso’s melancholy Blue Guitarist and Pierre August Renoir’s two sisters in red hats sitting in the flowery terrace garden of Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood. The Art Institute is gigantic and you could spend days seeing everything, but the art in the European wing moves me and changes the way I see for the rest of the day. And PS: if you’re an Illinois resident you can visit for free on Thursday nights.

Amazing Museum

Wow. The last time I was here was on a high school field trip 35 years ago, and the museum has definitely grown. What an amazing collection—I could have spent days here, but I only had two hours. I followed the museum’s suggested top 10, and cruised around to squeeze in as much as I could. I will definitely return the next time I am back in Chicago and have more time.

The Modern Wing

The Art Institute of Chicago was voted as the #1 museum in the world on Trip Advisor and a visit here will show you why. My favorite part of the Art Institute is the Modern Wing. It houses the museum’s collection of contemporary and modern art. It you are a enthusiast of this type of art you won’t be disappointed. The collection is very extensive and has some paintings by famous artists such as Picasso and Mondrian. What I also find to be interesting is the Modern Wing’s Architecture, it is truly a work of art. A great thing to do is to take the pedestrian bridge from the museum to Millennium Park. There are beautiful views of the city but you can also see the beauty of the building. No trip to the Art Institute is complete without stopping by the Modern Wing.

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