Art Institute of Chicago

Official Homepage: www.artic.edu/aic/

Fee: $18

Sun. 10:30 AM–5 PM
Mon. 10:30 AM–5 PM
Tue. 10:30 AM–5 PM
Wed. 10:30 AM–5 PM
Thu. 10:30 AM–8 PM
No-Fee Hours: 5 PM–8 PM
Fri. 10:30 AM–5 PM
Sat. 10:30 AM–5 PM
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111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Chicago 60603
(312) 443-3600

Check the AIC website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.

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North lion, Art Institute of Chicago.
The AIC (website) is a Museum (Encyclopedic) in Chicago.
Official description from AIC:
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 as both a museum and school, first stood on the southwest corner of State and Monroe Streets. It opened on its present site at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in 1893. Built on rubble from the 1871 Chicago fire, the museum housed a collection of plaster casts and had a visionary purpose: to acquire and exhibit art of all kinds and to conduct programs of education. The collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, and the school's graduate program is continually ranked as one of the best in the country. Within the next decade, a new complex will continue this process of growth.

Target Free Thursday Evenings, offering free admission from 5:00 to 8:00, continue through May 26. Beginning in June, free hours will move to the first and second Wednesday of every month with free admission all day long. Target Free Thursday Evenings, offering free admission from 5:00 to 8:00, continue through May 26. Beginning in June, free hours will move to the first and second Wednesday of every month with free admission all day long.
Wikipedia excerpt:
The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is an encyclopedic fine art museum located in Chicago's Grant Park. The Art Institute has one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its diverse holdings also include significant American art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, Asian art and modern and contemporary art. It is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue in the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District. The museum is associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is overseen by Director and President James Cuno. At one million square feet, it is the second largest art museum in the United States behind only the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 1866, a group of 35 artists founded the Chicago Academy of Design in a studio on Dearborn Street, with the intent to run a free school with its own art gallery. The organization was modeled after European art academies, such as the Royal Academy, with Academians and Associate Academians. The Academy's charter was granted in March 1867.

Promotional images for exhibits from AIC official site

Current Exhibitions

Jazzlg
Mar 15, 2011 – May 10, 2011
Henri Matisse’s Jazz is often considered the pinnacle of livres d’artiste. Livres d’artiste, or artists' books, are typically collaborations between artists and authors resulting in limited edition, fine-crafted, beautifully printed books with original graphic work.
Harlequinss
Mar 02, 2011 Ongoing
Harlequin is one of the most recognizable and enduring figures of the Commedia dell'Arte, an improvised form of theater performed by masked actors that originated in the mid-16th century in northern Italy but soon spread to the streets and courts of Europe.
Amermodlg
Feb 05, 2011 – May 15, 2011
In the 1930s, photographers pushed the genre of documentary photography to the forefront of public culture in the United States and onto the walls of newly opened museums and art galleries.

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