The Art Institute of Chicago is an arts history museum, containing works from all over the world, and from different time periods. Located in the Loop, it is about a block away from the Adams/Wabash stop on the Elevated trains.
This museum has quite an extensive collection of American art, most notably "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. This is the one with the man and woman, with a pitchfork on a farm. It has been referenced and parodied countless times. This painting is a very good reason to come this museum, to see the original in person.
Another section of note, is the Thorne Miniature Rooms, which has the miniature versions of rooms from different time periods, from different parts of the world. The attention to detail is just amazing to look at, and makes you wonder, how they were able to make it, and how long it took.
There are also art from the ancient world, from Greece to Byzantine times, as well as ones from different parts of Asia, among others. Just a lot to see, so pick and choose which ones that interest you the most, and only add more if you still have the time and energy.
The American art and the miniature rooms are enough reason to check this place out. And a nice way to spend the day if the weather is not so nice outside.
Museum is open late on Thursday, until 8 PM. So it can be a nice way to spend an evening.
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