Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879 the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States and houses the greatest impressionist collection outside of Paris. The museum is also home to art by Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood and will impress even the non-art followers amongst us.

Collections

The gallery houses a permeant collection of art including over 30,000 pieces of work. To admire African ceramics, tribal masks and colourful textiles head to the African Collection. For an insight into Andean ceramics and Mesoamerican textiles check out the Indian Arts of the Americas Collection or maybe the Ancient and Byzantine Collection will win you over with its terracotta and bronze statutes that date back over 4,000 years.

Exhibitions

The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions which rotate throughout the year. Each exhibition aims to showcase societies latest development in science, art and culture. Check the website before your visit to see what’s showcasing while you’re in town.