The Art Institute of Chicago is my favorite attraction on the magnificent mile. It's the ideal place to spend the day! You could eaisly spend the day here from sun up to sun down, cherishing all of the history from generations long before our time. Here are the five top things we love about this Chicago attraction!
First thing you notice upon looking at this institution are the enormous larger than life African lions statue on each side! They debut on May 10th 1894, Each lion weighs more than 2 tons!They were sculpted by an artist named Edward Kemeys. In 2016 the lions made history by wearing cub hats for the first time in honor of the Cubs big win in the World Series! Of course this is something I had to witness in person for myself!
The diverse selection of sculptures housed at this location is astonishing. All from different eras, cultures, and some were made for interesting concepts. Please make sure to spend some time admiring all the intricate work they have on display.
Although the glorious gardens aren't open year round. You certainly don't want to miss them when they are open to the public. I was fortunate to catch them open in September. Access to the gardens are normally permitted from spring to early fall.If you visit Chicago in the winter the garden area will be closed due to the harsh weather.
When it comes to wanting to view inspiring artwork, it should come as no surprise that this is the place to go in the ChiTown. They have a wide diversity of artists from Picasso (As seen above) to many other unique artists. The museum has a large collection of artwork from contemporary, to Modern,Ancient and Byzantine,Medieval,Renaissance,European painting and sculptures and much more!
Stained glass windows
These complex stained glass windows are certainly a favorite among the many museum patrons, ourselves included. What many don't know is how it all occurred. Back in 1970 when Marc Chagall first arrived in Chicago, for work related business in the Chase Tower. After the city and the art institute saw his work, they responded to it with much enthusiasm!The artist offered the art institute a set of stained glass windows. Just like that "America Windows" were born! It took a over 3 years to get all the details just right, but finally on May 15, 1977 the windows were unveiled for the world to love!
Address:111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Our Rating: 5
Cost:$25.00 for adults & kids 13 and under are free. Students & Seniors $19