Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago will offer free admission to Illinois residents for one week after it reopens to the public on July 30, according to an announcement posted on the venue’s website.

“We’re so happy to welcome you back to our galleries,” read the accompanying message.

Since being founded in 1879, the museum has grown into a world-class cultural institution boasting a collection that includes Monet’s Water Lillies, Seaurat’s Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte, Picasso’s The Old Man, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, Archibald Motley’s Nightlife, Renoir’s Two Sisters (On the Terrace) and a portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol.

In addition to the French Impressionists and American Masters, the Art Institute’s 273 galleries display sculpture, textiles, photography and drawings from Africa, Asia, Byzantium, the First Nations of America and more.

There is also a department dedicated to European Decorative Art that displays dozens of miniaturized interiors in the basement.

The 562,000 square-foot Beaux-Arts structure housing the museum at 111 S. Michigan was constructed in 1893. The 264,000-square-foot Modern Wing was added in 2009. According to Art News, receives about 1.5 million visitors every year.

The museum is open to the public Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members are permitted to enter the museum an hour early on each of these days. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

For more information about visiting the Art Institute, click here.

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