The Art Institute

The Art Institute

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  1. Stroll along Michigan Avenue long enough and eventually you will come across two lions standing in front of a tall, impressive building.  Located in between Millennium Park and Orchestra Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago is a key Chicago landmark.  For decades the museum has provided art lovers with a memorable experience.  If you want to enjoy everything the art museum has to offer, it is not possible to see everything in one day.

    The Art Institute features permanent and special exhibits.  One staple exhibition is the Thorne Miniature Rooms; here one can peer into dollhouse-sized rooms with tiny furnishings and examine the exquisite detail with which they were formed.  If you have ever seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, you know the Institute houses such famous French Impressionist paintings as A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seurat.  Special exhibits have included well-known paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, and Pablo Picasso.The museum actually showcases art from all over the world, including Africa, Asia, and America.  In addition, there is an impressive range of art time-wise, from ancient Egyptian sculptures to modern and contemporary drawings. 

    The Art Institute is also a school that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.  When you walk through the museum as a visitor, you may see a student working on a project. 

    If you are interested in studying at the Institute, it may help to not only check out the website and museum but also take some time to explore the beautiful city of Chicago – your potential future home.  If you are interested in just a visit to the Institute, the cost of admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children (14 and up), students, and seniors (65 and up).  Membership fees differ depending on the type you want.  Museum hours are 10:30–5:00 (M-W), 10:30–8:00 (Th), and 10:30–5:00 (F-S).

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