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The Art Institute of Chicago


I have a habit of taking lots of pictures in art museums of all my favorite pieces. I’ve dragged my husband to more art museums than I’d like to admit. If I am ever in a new city I always try to make a stop into new, or favorite, museums.

I thought it would be a fun addition to the blog if I shared my reviews of art museums as I visit them throughout the year! I’ll start with the Chicago Institute of Art.

artinchicagoA personal favorite – the Chagall window

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Where: The Art Institute of Chicago

When: Open daily 10:30am–5:00pm, Thursday until 8:00pm

Highlights: “American Gothic”, by Grant Wood, (seen above, farmers) is one of the more popular pieces in this Chicago museum, as is the “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, by Seurat (seen above with children sitting on the floor). The Art Institute of Chicago has a sizable Impressionism collection, and a wonderful Modern collection as well. It unfortunately was under construction during my last visit, but opens this month. The museum reconstructed the Chicago Stock Exchange Room (from the 1890s) in one of it’s wings. It was beautiful and, away from the popular pieces, it’s quite quiet! It’s located near the Chagall window, which, is one of my personal favorites.

Things to Know: Mornings can be quite busy with field trips (which can be quite annoying, as they tend to hop to and crowd out the most famous pieces in the museum). One of museum’s cafes is located in the courtyard, which is both quiet and beautiful!

Admission: $23.00 for an adult (Admission is free to Illinois residents on Thursdays from 5-8pm)

artinchicago2If you go, be sure to check out the outdoor installations in neighboring Millennium Park. Chicago can always be counted on for fantastic public art.

Have you been to the Art Institute of Chicago? What’s your favorite art museum?

Oh Chicago

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Fact: I have been to Chicago 6 times this year.

Chicago and Boston have long been my favorite cities, but this week Chicago wins. I’ve been there the last 2 weeks for work.

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I think my favorite thing about Chicago is how the traditional, nouveau and modern art seamlessly dance around the entire city.

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The parks. (and listen to orchestras practice in this glorious theatre.

Chicago is FULL of parks. Right along the coast of Lake Michigan, the Chicago waterfront has all been preserved for parks and public recreation. Never have I seen so many bikers and joggers!

Lake Michigan is gigantic. It looks just like the ocean in Boston.

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I meandered over to Navy Pier too. I was experiencing some beautiful weather!

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The windy city lived up to it’s name.

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The architecture.

I love our Boston architecture in it’s classic New Englandy-ness and colonial buildings.

But, my favorite period of artistic movement is from the 1920s to the 1950s – and New England doesn’t really represent architecture well from that era. Chicago, on the other hand, is a feast for the eyes.

Visiting Chicago - DesignLively

Visiting Chicago - DesignLively

The Art Institute of Chicago is my favorite art museum. Period.

If you’re looking to go to Chicago sometime soon:

I stayed at both the Chicago Embassy Suite and the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Be sure to hit up Millenium Park, Navy Pier, the Art Institute and the Riverwalk.

And I’ve heard good things about the Architectural River Cruises – next time!

For good eats, be sure to stop at Gino’s East Chicago, Chicago Pizza And Oven Grinder Co. and Joe’s Stone Crab.

I’ve unpacked my suitcase and I’ll get back to blogging! We have drywall coming down like flies – so there is lot to update y’all on!