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From ancient masterpieces to eclectic modern art, uncover a treasure trove of works from all over the world and throughout history.

Home to almost 300,000 artworks spread across nearly 93,000 square metres of gallery space, the Art Institute of Chicago is a world-famous attraction for art lovers. To the east of downtown Chicago and just a block away from Lake Michigan, the gallery dates back to 1879 when it opened as a museum and school of fine arts. It wasn’t until 1893 that the institute moved to its present location, where you can still find the original building with its two bronze lion statues standing guard by the entrance.

With paintings and sculptures by European and American artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Mary Cassatt, it has gained a strong worldwide reputation for modern art. Renoir’s Two Sisters and Monet’s Water Lilies are among the most immediately recognisable paintings in the world, and you’ll see these among the pieces lining the walls.

You can explore two floors of American art, including paintings by James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent; Mary Cassatt’s The Child’s Bath is especially popular with visitors. On the second floor meanwhile, you can find Edward Hopper’s famously haunting work Nighthawks on display among the pieces from 1900 to 1950.

As well as these more modern works, the museum is home to Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, works from Asia, as well as eye-catching contemporary installations that are well worth a look. You’ll also find photography galleries, a sculpture garden, and space dedicated to African and Native American art. It’s worth checking the official website for upcoming one-off exhibitions before you go and visit.

If all of that art appreciation leaves you hungry, there are four eateries at the museum to choose from: the Museum Café offers sandwiches and pizzas while Caffe Moderno serves other quick snacks. An Italian and a modern American restaurant also offer more dining options for a good meal.

Before you start wandering off in any direction, it’s best to pick up a museum map from the entrance. Audio guides are also available, as is a smartphone app that provides floor plans and more insights into some of the pieces you’ll see.

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Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
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LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
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Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$206 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
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Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$96 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$165 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$163 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$206 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$169 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
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Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$129 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
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Loews Chicago Hotel
Loews Chicago Hotel
4.5 out of 5
455 North Park Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$210 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
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River Hotel
River Hotel
4 out of 5
75 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$160 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$192 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
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