The last thing we did on our mini-vacation last week was visit The Art Institute of Chicago. It was one of two things we went to see for our final day there, and we seriously we could have done just the visit there alone for the entire day. It was truly that fabulous (and that spacious)!
The weekend we were there, the Chicago Blackhawks were also in the hockey playoffs. The city was hopping with fans, and The Art Institute was no exception. See the hockey helmets on their lions? Fun!!
It was absolutely gorgeous inside, and the tickets you get are good for all day, so if you leave, keep them, you might find yourself with a (good) nagging sensation to go back.
There were many things on display, and we did not get to them all (there is no doubt in my mind that one day soon we will paying the museum a return visit). Where we did spend a good amount of time was with the art.
They had the work of Claude Monet,
Vincent van Gogh,
Peter Paul Rubens,
Piero di Cosimo
And Grant Wood, which reminded me of Chuck and his wife over at Secondary Roads because that's the painting he uses for his Wordless Wednesday avatar. What a funny association to make for a world-famous painting. See, blogging really does get knit into the everyday fabric of our life doesn't it (Hi Chuck & Sylvia!)? :)
There were so many other things to see...furniture, tapestry, sculpture, and so on and so forth...and there were several places to eat inside the museum including Terzo Piano a gourmet restaurant that won the Best of Chicago award back in 2010. I would have liked to have sampled lunch there, but we spent so much time in the art section that we didn't get around to much else (which I regret and don't regret, if that makes an ounce of sense). Walking around The Art Institute of Chicago was in a word, 'amazing.' There is no other way I would have wanted to spend our last day in Chicago.
If you want to learn more about the museum, you can visit their website here: http://www.artic.edu/
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Admission is $23 for adults, $17 for students and/or seniors, and it's FREE for children 13 and under.