If you are headed to Chicago – don’t miss the Art Institute. Located off of Michigan Avenue on the edge of Millennium Park, the Classical Renaissance structure is easy to find with its signature green bronze lion statues that guard the entrance.
Fun Fact: These lions (which are not identical) have names! The artist, Edward Kemeys, unofficially named the north lion “on the prowl” and the south lion is called “stands in an attitude of defiance”.
Once you enter the museum, prepare yourself for nearly 300,000 works of art ranging from Ancient and Byzantine art the expanded Modern Art wing. The Art Institute has the second largest collection of impressionist art in the world, thanks to Bertha Palmer (Palmer House blog post) who bequeathed her personal collection to the city. You could easily spend an entire day roaming the halls, indulging at the Museum Cafe, being a sketch artist, and enjoying the museum’s tours, including their self-guided tours available for download.
Must See Art
Some of tour guide Mel’s personal favorite “secret” treasures in the Art Institute
Museum Hours and Admission
+++ Our popular pay-what-you-wish Loop and Millennium Park tour passes by the Art Institute as well.+++
written by Mel Yonzon