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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a private university associated with the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) in Chicago, Illinois. Tracing its history to an art students' cooperative founded in 1866, which grew into the museum and school, SAIC has been accredited since 1936 by the Higher Learning Commission, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1944 (charter member), and by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) since the associations founding in 1991. Additionally it is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. In a 2002 survey conducted by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program, SAIC was named the “most influential art school” in the United States.
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Great place and amazing collection. It would take days to properly see it all. I loved the Impressionist area & the miniature rooms in the basement are also amazing. So BIG. One star off for high prices as it is high entrance fee. Plus entrance fee only good for ONE day. It would be nice for tourists if the ticket was good for more than one day as seeing it all in one day impossible. I would have gone back if I did not have to pay again the next day. Ending on good note, food & beverage areas are excellent with many options. Lot's of places to sit.
I sometimes can be difficult to sell on art museums but this museum was fantastic. I enjoyed the easy to navigate setup allowing you to pin point styles of art you enjoy. Staff is stationed throughout the facility with one usually never as far as 50 feet. This museum definitely takes a few hours and that is flying through to see everything. Definitely recommend.
This place is HUGE! Wear your walking shoes. You will definitely need to spend a whole day here to feel like you've made the best if your trip. There are so many rooms of gorgeous art, sculptures, and paintings. It is definitely one of the best art museums I've been to. It is up there with the Hermitage.
There is so much to see here - unless you're planning to breeze through everything, it's not a bad idea to consider splitting your visit into two days. My favorite was the Impressionism section, which features a surprising number of Monet pieces. The ancient Greek and Byzantine coins and archaelogical artifacts were super cool too and came with interesting explanations. There is also a great Surrealism section. Be warned that the Modern wing is probably not kid-friendly (suggestive nudity) - didn't seem to bother some parents, but I wouldn't have brought my young children.
Had a fantastic time. As people who appreciate art but get museum fatigue, we enjoyed going for about 2.5 hours and getting through a lot of the big stuff. Would definitely go back again and could easily spending another few hours there! Also be sure to check out the sweet old times Conan O'Brien sculpture!
The Art Institute and the Chicago Symphony (right across the street) are Chicago's two truly world-class cultural attractions. With the recent addition of the Modern Wing, the Art Institute may be the best place in the world to experience superb examples of the full range of painting and sculpture, from ancient sculpture and ceramics to modern, post-modern and digital. The collections include (what some say is the world's richest representation of) French Impressionists, arms and armor, textiles, the Thorne miniature rooms (dollhouse-size accurate representations of famous American and European rooms), furniture, the Calder windows and, of course, a great collection of Picasso paintings and sculpture. My personal favorite is the Hall of Buddhas and the large hall of Hindu and Buddhist sacred art. If you have limited time, the map will guide you to your areas of interest or to the most famous works. If you go to the Modern Wing, go directly to the third floor for the permanent exhibition.
Not much you can say bad about a world class art museum. They have some of the most important works here. The impressionist exhibits are worth the trip alone. I also found the modern art section to be moving, even if it did not have the most well known works. This museum would take a week to catch everything. 3 hours was only a tease for me.
The art institute is an outstanding place and is also a must have visit to learn about the outstanding culture that this beautiful country had in terms of arts. It gives a good view of the impact from various other countries as well. It was great to see the Indian artist also featuring in this beautiful place. Swami Vivekananda spoke at this place and I wanted to see this place for several years...Had a fantastic time. The only challenge was limited time at my end....however made the best use with what I had!
Last time I was here it was in the 2000s. Many changes, all of them good. I feel you need a whole day here now to enjoy the museum and see everything. If it's warm enough, leave your coats and bags at home so you can avoid checking in your belongings. There are rules on what is allowed, but one can bring their purse.
A must-do in Chicago! I literally had one day in the city and chose to spend it at The Art Institute and I am very happy with that decision. I only ended up getting about 5 hours there, and next time I'll allocate more time because there is SO much to see. Online ticket purchase was quick and easy, and I loved the mobile ticket option. Purchased one adult ticket and one audio guide. The audio guide was cool and relatively inexpensive, but I wasn't able to use it as much as I'd thought. There are not a ton of pieces in the Modern Wing that have an audio piece, but I enjoyed the ones that did. It came more in handy in the Impressionist Collection. Before I began exploring, I was able to check my luggage (a medium sized suitcase and a backpack) for $2, which made the experience much more enjoyable. I spent about 3 hours exploring the Modern Wing. The Video and New Media exhibit was closed, as was one of contemporary galleries, and I skipped photography on the first floor and the modern era on the third floor due to time constraints. The rest of it was grand! Obviously the massive New Contemporary Collection was to die for. Tons and tons of incredible pieces of all varieties (painting, sculpture, photography and even a video) with the centerpiece being the room of Warhol. I should have given myself more time in the impressionist collection. It was incredible and 45 minutes was not near enough time to appreciate everything. Can't wait to go back and see more!
Excellent. Super clean and the staffs are beet pleasant. I’ve been to many museums all over the US and the world. This is the only museum where the staff is actually quite knowledgeable about the paintings in their sections and will actually point things out you would not otherwise see. The staff will also proactively interact with you. It is a very nice and personable experience.
Museum is one of the best in the world. . Great paintings and collections to view. Valet parking makes it easy to bring handicapped visitors and also have wheelchairs if needed. Coat check available for free. Staff is very helpful especially maneuvering a wheelchair since some floors take a couple elevators to get to because it's an old building but they know all the routes. Food was okay and over priced. Liked they had adult beverages. I am a member and they offer a lounge for members with free coffee and tea. Doorway not accommodating for a wheelchair and furniture in the lounge was very low to the ground so elderly and handicapped could not use. Tried to bring my free coffee out to the other side of the cafeteria and was told you can't bring it out. Wish they would have thought about accommodating the elderly/ handicapped better. More benches would also help in the museum.
This is one of the best museums in the country. That said it is very large with lots of visitors every day so I opted for the "VIP" tickets and it was an excellent idea because it also gives you entry to the special exhibits. This is truly a breathtaking tour as you see some of the most iconic pieces of art in the world.
Love the Art Institute. Never boring, always an adventure. Many beautiful collections, masterfully presented, but not over-done, from every period, ancient to modern. Museum is immaculate. Rooms designed to flow and allow visitors to move easily from exhibit to exhibit, period to period, or artist to artist. European art collection on third floor is exceptional. Staff are outstanding, polite and helpful. Easy to lose yourself here and spend the better part of your day, and usually it's only sore feet that will end your visit. Something for everyone, including kids, with hands-on experiences as well. Miniatures are spectacular, as is the Oriental arts section. Nice gift shop. Good to go during the week when it is less crowded. Museum offers excellent special exhibits throughout the year. Free admission to Illinois residents on Thursday evenings.
Cannot say enough about this place!!! The collection of paintings and art work is off the chain. You can get lost in this place. Truly, an artist paradise. Must go to, over and over again. Has everything for everyone. Even great cafe's for eats. ❤😍❤
Good amount and variety of collections, though a lot of them are copies. It is good that they have free audio instructors but some interesting items are lacking it. Sketching class looks like a good way to have interaction with audiences. And I like the food court, modern and convenient, with healthy food of many choices ( only that food is overpriced too much). After all it is a good place to spend the whole day for local people or visitors.
Had a great time. Full of fantastic art pieces that I've always wanted to see. Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Seurat, and too many more to list. It's huge. I will say the map is a bit hard to follow, but the staff were all friendly and very helpful so I was able to find what I wanted to see. Didn't make it through everything, but would like to come back and try again someday when I have more time and haven't already walked 10 miles before lunch :)
If you like art and museums then this is the place to be. They have all types of art. When you first walk in the door you think "hey, I feel like I'm in a museum and about to learn something" then POW. Hit right in the face with some good old fashioned art. If you want to have access to the secret tunnel you have to put a skull ring in the 3 painting by the second hallway. The security guard sleeps between 3-5 so that's the best time to go on the journey.
I spent most of my time with Picasso and Matisse in the modern art section. Also spend about 15 minutes just taking in Marc Chagall's stained glass window... just beautiful. It will take most people more than one day to really capture the essence of this very fine art institute. So get ready to spend some money in there Museum shop.
This place was terrific. Large enough to feel I can always go back and see something I missed. The collection is amazing! Plenty if familiar works. Plan on a lot of walking. The map isn't the best, but very helpful staff. The Impressionists and an introduction to the works of Charles White were first rate.
The membership parts for itself is your have three guests come in that wasn't too see the museum. They have a very well known catalog of famous works. The real treasure about the Art Institute of Chicago is the collections of Asian works. I'm not aware of any repatriation work by the museum, but the collections are well explained and curated. I really enjoy the modern and contemporary galleries though. The cafes are kind of meh. They frequently have special editions and first lectures that are very worth attending