The popularity of our Chicago’s Best: Art Institute Chicago, the permanent and temporary exhibits, the school at the Art Institute, and yes, the Lions, couldn’t be more important to the city of Chicago. Located on south Michigan Ave, the Institute is convenient to all transportation and hotels and is situated among beautiful lakefront gardens.
Grant Wood’s American Gothic calls the AIC home along with works from Georgia O’Keefe and William Glackens. Warhol, Lichtenstein, architects Frank Loyd Wright and Mies Van der Rohe, all have a place here. You will find the riches of textiles, jewelry, ritual artifacts, coins, and photography. Far too much to take in during one visit, we suggest it’s on your Chicago’s Best list for every visit downtown.
The institute is also home to the Ryerson and Burnham libraries, world class research facilities. The libraries are open to the public during regular hours. Along with an online database, visitors can find research guides, archival collections, scholarly catalogues, and art institue records. It’s an incredible resource for art lovers and students alike.
Students of all ages are welcome at the Art Institute of Chicago. “Through numerous programs and resources, the Art Institute strives to increase art awareness and appreciation for students of all ages.” Caregivers and parents have resources to inspire a lifelong interest in art in their children. Teachers can set up a visit for their class or gain access to educational tools to use with their students. Adult education includes lectures, walk-throughs, performances, and studio programs. Go to the website or sign up for the e-newsletter to keep up to date with all educational programs.
Shopping is a well-known activity on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and we highly recommend the Art Institute gift shop to help create memories of your trip as well as complete your gift shopping needs. Truly beautiful objects are available and fit every budget. Jewelry, wall art, home furnishings, and even apparel are available at the shop. I believe there is even a section on cats.
The tritons in McKinlock Court romp through the seasons while the Lions hold vigil out front. The Art Institute of Chicago is incomparable and the best of Chicago’s Best.