As a member of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) for the last several years, I’ve visited the art museum more times than I can remember. Whether it’s for a mini staycation or a birthday celebration, the AIC almost always makes my list of things to see and experience.
And as a repeat museum-goer, I tend to gravitate toward the same works of art each time I’m there. Now, I love a good traveling exhibit and will often make a specific trip just to see special collections on display. However, what keeps me coming back to the Art Institute of Chicago is its mainstay of classic works, which are really some of the best I’ve seen outside of Paris and London.
If you are ever in Chicago, I highly recommend spending a few hours at the AIC and when you do, be sure not to miss my favorites!
Must-See Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Water Lilies and Stacks of Wheat by Claude Monet
- Paris Street on a Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
- Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
- At the Moulin Rouge – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by George Seurat
- The Bay of Marseille by Paul Cezanne
- The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms and Armor
Seasonal Bonus – Miniature Thorne Rooms. The Miniature Thorne Rooms are on display all year round. However, as the winter holidays approach, the rooms become even more enchanting as they become decked out in holiday decor. There’s something so intriguing about seeing tiny Christmas trees, stockings, garland and presents staged in rooms that span multiple decades across Europe and the United States.
Ciao and Enjoy!