Chicago museums have a lot to show and I strongly recommend to dedicate a whole day for certain museums. The Art Institute hosts a generous collection of art works from famous artists from around the world, like Hopper, Monet, Picasso and Rembrandt. It covers a variety of themes: American, arms and armor, modern , African, ancient, architecture and design, Asian, contemporary, European decorative arts, European painting and sculpture, Indian art of the Americans, Medieval and Renaissance, photography, print and drawings, textiles and not to mention the temporary exhibitions.
George Seurat’s painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
– Go there early. They open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 a.m. (but on Thursdays they close at 8:00 p.m.). If you start your visit in the morning on weekdays, it is less crowded and less chances of having to wait in line to get in.
– If you are a student have your student ID with you for discount. If you are a Chicago resident, have your ID with you for discount as well. Discount tickets start as low as $14.00.
– Skip the line with a pass. You can purchase a city pass from the museum’s website (sales.artic.edu) or from the visitor’ office located in the city. With the city pass, you can purchase access to more Chicago museums and save money on tickets. The pass is available for 9 days.
The Art Institute of Chicago is located one block east from the Loop. You can get there with underground trains. The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple lines stop near the museum. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority website for schedule and prices.
Another way of getting there is by Metra, commuter rail transit system, which stops at Millennium and Van Buren stations, and then walk or take the bus to the museum.
Divy bike system is another option, because they have bike stations around the city, including one next to the museum ( http://www.divybikes.com for details).
Thank you for reading. If you want to read more Chicago related blog posts, have a look at Chicago. The ultimate guide to the Windy City or See the bigger T-Rex skeleton ever found. Getting around The Field Museum, Chicago.