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Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago © Chicago CTB
Art Institute of Chicago © Chicago CTB

An impressive pair of bronze lions guards the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago in South Michigan Avenue, a museum which houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Works date from 3,000 BC through to the present, including a renowned collection of Impressionist art featuring numerous Monet paintings. The Institute has it all, from Japanese ukiyo-e prints and ancient Egyptian bronzes to masterpieces of 20th-century sculpture. Exhibits include paintings and drawings, photographs, textiles, sculptures and architectural works. As if the permanent collection isn't enough to occupy visitors, an impressive programme of temporary and travelling exhibitions grace the museum. The Institute has two restaurants, one set in a garden, as well as a gift shop.

Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue

Website: www.artic.edu

Opening times: Daily 10.30am to 5pm (until 8pm on Thursdays for Illinois residents).

Admission: $25 (adults), $19 (discounted).